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With the mission that contemporary and scenic art of excellence become fundamental in the life of Chile and all its citizens, we incorporated as a nonprofit institution in 2004. As Fundación Teatro a Mil we aim to contribute to the geographic and socioeconomic decentralization of access to culture through projects of excellence, audience, and artists education programs and broadcasting opportunities for the troupes. Our most recognized project is Santiago a Mil International Festival, which is celebrated every January since 1994.

La Segunda newspaper – December 1993

After the recovery of democracy in Chile and moved by the idea of creating a new space for scenic arts, three national troupes, Teatro la Memoria, La Troppa and Teatro el Silencio, along with the producers Carmen Romero and Evelyn Campbell decided to give life in 1994 to the show Teatro a Mil in the Estación Mapocho cultural center.

Through the years, the festival enlarged its programming, spaces, and international guests. It consolidates as a powerful initiative, attractive and long-awaited by the audience, that required a new establishment to have recourse to the Cultural Donation Law and reinforce its work during the year. In 2004 the Fundación Teatro a Mil is born, which allows to enlarge its reach and develop new projects.

Since the beginning, the foundation has been committed to the promotion of Chilean contemporary arts within the country and internationally. Using its vast international networks, Teatro a Mil creates touring opportunities for Chilean and Latin American contemporary performing artists in theater, dance, and music, who go on to perform in coveted international festivals and performing arts venues. The Foundation has become an important arbiter of contemporary Chilean and Latin American work throughout the globe.

Also, Fundación Teatro a Mil has introduced a permanent line of work that creates direct links between the Chilean public and artists from our country and beyond. We continuously create occasions that foster dialogue, reflection, and professional development opportunities between international and Chilean artists and have established collaborative agreements with important international partners such as the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York City; New York Theater Workshop (NYTW); and Bob Wilson’s Watermill Center, among others, to provide important residency opportunities for Chilean artists. Professional development opportunities for Chilean and Latin American artists have been created with London’s Royal Court Theater as well as with the Goethe Institut. More recently, the foundation has launched a program that works with local municipalities to incorporate theater as a required subject in the school curriculum of public schools.