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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal and Professional Files, 1984-2005

Theater Productions, 1989-2003

Austin History Center

Irene Gonzales Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gonzales, Irene
Title: Irene Gonzales Papers
Dates: 1984-2005
Abstract: Irene Gonzales is an Austin-based actor who has performed in Spanish, English, and bilingual plays. Her papers contain scripts, clippings, correspondence, posters, photographs, and schedules documenting her acting work as well as various community engagements.
Accession number: AR.2002.020
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: English, Spanish
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Irene Gonzales was born to Rudy Gonzales and Evangeline Treviño in 1942 in San Antonio, Texas. She has lived in Austin for much of her life and worked in various positions for the City of Austin, including as a Cultural Arts Youth Coordinator and Creative Dramatics Instructor at the Dougherty Arts Center and as a Neighborhood Liaison at the Austin History Center. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 1964 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She completed graduate work at San Francisco State University in 1971, and earned a Speech Performance Certification in Secondary Education from University of Texas at Austin in 1984. Gonzales has three children.

As an actor, she has performed in Spanish, English, and bilingual language plays at various theaters in Austin and San Antonio. She also had roles in film productions including performances in Red Headed Stranger (1987) and Hard Promises (1992). Additionally, she did television work, voice-over acting, and storytelling. She created the theater company Los Actores de Austin in 1988 with Linda Crockett in order to give exposure to Latinx playwrights whose works reflect the Latinx experience and to give opportunities for Latinx actors. The first production of Los Actores was I Too Speak of the Rose (Yo Tambien Hablo de la Rosa) at Zachary Scott Theatre in 1989. The play was adapted from Mexican playwright Emilio Carballido’s play written in the early 1960s and performed at Zachary Scott Theatre.

In 1991 she received Best Actress in a Comedy Lead Role from the Austin Circle of Theaters (ACOT) for her performance in Our Lady of the Tortillas.

Source

“’Rose’ Brings Bilingual Theater to Austin.” Austin American-Statesman. August 4, 1989.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into two main series. The first series contains Irene Gonzales' Personal and Professional Files dating from 1984 to 2005. There are assorted scripts, including a script for an AECT Spanish radio program and a voice over script for a documentary on AIDS, as well as assorted creative works, including collected stories and poems. Brochures and fliers document various community events. Of note is a program for the 1992 Art, Literature, Video Festival: Commemorating 500 Years of Indigenous People's Resistance, Dignity and Survival, sponsored by Alma de Mujer, Indigenous Womens Network, and La Peña. Clippings dating from 1988-2000 document Gonzales' performances throughout Austin and San Antonio. Two curricula vitae dating from around 1996 for Irene Gonzales are included as well as a curriculum vitae for Miriam Balboa Echeverría. Correspondence dates from 1989-2004 and consists of received correspondence from colleagues, friends, and family members. Directories consist of a 1990-1991 roster of artists from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Arts in Education Program as well as an undated Texas Actors, Models, and Entertainers Directory. Brochures, programs, and schedules for Festival Hispano 1990 and 1992 are included in the collection. Exterior photographs of a house at 1301 South 5th Street, taken in 2001, are also included. Documentation of Los Actores de Austin consists of a program assistance form, list of board of directors, and sketches for a logo design. Photographs consist of headshots of Gonzales as well as a headshot of Patricia Goldwater, and stills of a theater performance and storytelling event. Posters and fliers dating from 1988 to 2002 document various events and performances, including many of the theater productions in which Gonzales starred. Correspondence and writings dating from 1996 document Proposition 187, which was a 1994 proposed state law that would establish a state-run citizenship screening system in California and make immigrants ineligible for non-emergency health care, public education, and other services in the State of California. Marisa Gonzales Nordstrom, Irene Gonzales' daughter, wrote a script protesting the proposition, which is included in the collection.

The Theater Productions series contains Gonzales' collection of scripts, notes, schedules, and programs for a variety of productions she worked on from 1989 to 2003. Twenty-two productions are represented and are arranged alphabetically by the title of production. Of note is material documenting her work on the production of Border Voices, a piece created by Gregory Ramos that was born out of oral history interviews of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people that lived in the border region of the United States and Texas. It was presented by allgo's Tillery Street Theater in August 2003. Also of note are Gonzales' scripts for Petra's Pecado, written by Ruperto Reyes, Jr., in which Gonzales played the lead role of Petra Dominguez. The play was a bilingual comedy which celebrated the importance of elders in the community. Rehearsal schedules, production schedules, notes, programs, and Gonzales' marked-up scripts document this production. It was performed multiple times from 1995 to 1999 in both Austin and San Antonio. A sequel, Petra's Cuento, is also represented in the series.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series:


  • Personal and Professional Files
  • Theater Productions

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gonzales, Irene.
Reyes, Ruperto.
Hinojosa-Smith, Rolando.
Acosta, Teresa Paloma.
Zarate, Manuel.
Ramos, Gregory.
Echeverría, Miriam Balboa.
Subjects (Organizations)
Zachary Scott Theatre Center.
Academia Aztlan.
Austin Circle of Theatres.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio, Tex.).
Dougherty Arts Center.
Indigenous Women's Network (Austin, Tex.)
Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change.
Austin (Tex.). Cultural Arts Division.
Teatro Humanidad.
Teatro Vivo.
Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Department.
Austin Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization.
allgo.
Subjects
Theaters--Texas--Austin.
Performing arts--Texas--Austin.
Actors--Texas--Austin.
Cultural arts--Texas--Austin.
Latinx--Texas--Austin.
Chicanas.
LGBTQ.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
San Antonio (Tex.).
Document Types
Brochures.
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Fliers.
Notes.
Posters.
Press releases.
Programs.
Schedules.
Sketches.
Color photographs.
Black-and-white photographs.

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts


Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Irene Gonzales
  • AF Subject - Theater - Teatro Humanidad T6500(91)
  • AF Subject - Theater - Teatro Vivo T6500(103)
  • AF Subject - Theater - Dougherty Reader’s Theater/Austin Circle of Theaters [Now Austin Creative Alliance] T6500(18)
  • AF Subject - Zachary Scott Theater Center Z0300

Periodicals


  • Curtain Call, Austin Circle of Theaters
  • Austin Circle of Theaters Newsletter
  • Callboard, Zachary Scott Theatre Center
  • Capitol City Playhouse Thrust
  • CCP Alliance News, Capitol City Playhouse
  • Let's Go Austin, Austin Circle of Theaters
  • Frontera Incognita, Frontera at Hyde Park Theatre

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Separated Material

Periodicals


  • GAP: Grapevine of the Austin Public Library, Volume I, Issue I
  • RSVP News: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Travis County, Texas, December 2001
  • Curtain Call, Austin Circle of Theaters, July 1997, August 1997, June 2000, March 2000
  • Arriba Art & Business News, June 1, 1991; June 5-18, 1998; May 5-19, 2000

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Irene Gonzales Papers (AR.2002.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2002/010

Donation Date: 2002-2004

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in December 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal and Professional Files, 1984-2005

Box Folder
1 1 AECT Spanish radio script, 1999
2 Assorted scripts, literary productions, 1990-2002, undated
3 Clippings, 1988-2000
4 Community events - brochures/flyers, 1992-1997
5 Conferences, 1994-2002
6 Contracts, 1987-1999
7 Correspondence, 1989-2004
8 Curriculum Vitae, circa 1996
9 Directories, 1990-1991, undated
10 Festival Hispano, 1990-1992
22 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1997-2000
11 House photographs (1301 South 5th Street) (#001-004), 2001 December
12 Instructional materials, undated
13 Los Actores, circa 1993
14 Luis Valdes article, 1988 January
15 Parks and Recreation Department Cultural Affairs Division, 1997-1998
16 Photographs (assorted) (#005-009), 2001, undated
17 Posters and flyers, 1988-2002
Location BoxItem
qAR 072/004-009 Posters, 1996-2000, undated
Box Folder
1 18 Programs, 1984-2000
19 Proposition 187, 1996
20 Schedules and contact sheets, 1988, undated
21 United East Austin Coalition award, 2005

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Theater Productions, 1989-2003

Box Folder
2 1-2 All I really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten at Zachary Scott, 1996
3 Border Voices at Tillery Street Theatre, 2003
4 Broken Sky, 2002
5 Cantos y Cuentos at Zachary Scott Theater, 1991
6 Deviant Craft, Frontera Productions, 1997
7 The Fifth Son, 1992
8 The Girl in the Blue Swing, 1996
9 ¿Grasa? ¡No, Gracias! (Say no to fat!), 1996
10 Hard Promises, 1990
11 How Else am I Supposed to Know I’m Still Alive, 1989
Box Folder
3 1 I Too Speak of the Rose (Yo Tambien Hablo de la Rosa) at Zachary Scott, 1989
2 Inherit the Wind, Third Coast Production, 1996
3 Kuka at Capitol City Playhouse, 1996
4 The Legend of the Poinsettia, 2001
5 Mixtec Bird Tales, Second Youth Repertory Family Theatre, 1999
6 Our Lady of the Tortilla at Zachary Scott, 1991
7 Pancho, Billy & Esmerelda, 1997
8 Petra’s Cuento, 2000
9 Petra’s Pecado, Teatro Humanidad, 1995-1998
10 Senora Tortuga, Teatro Humanidad, 2000
11 Snake Tales, 1996
12 Watsonville, Frontera and Teatro Humanidad, 1998

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