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Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, 1923-2018 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, 1923-2018Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego (1996-)

Extent: 46.74 Linear Feet

Subjects: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego--Archives, Mexican American artists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American authors--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American dramatists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American theater--California--San Diego--History--Sources, Sierra-Oliva, Jesus--Archives

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, divided into 10 series, documents the history of the Hispanic Theatre of San Diego and the professional career and personal life of its creator, Jesus Sierra-Oliva. The collection includes scores of Sierra-Oliva's musical creations, original artwork, play scripts, photographs, programs, video and cassette tapes of his productions, and correspondence. The primary foci of his creative talents were Walt Whitman and his Leaves of Grass, the Masonic music of Mozart, the soprano Maria Callas, Maximilian and Carlota and the history of Mexico, the poet Garcia Lorca, and Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The records also include personal papers relating to the life and family of theater founder Jesus Sierra-Oliva.

Biographical Note

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego, recognized for being one of the few entirely bilingual Spanish-English theaters in the world, began its quest for success in 1996 under the direction of the playwright and artist Jesús Sierra-Oliva. The theater has produced plays such as Adios Mama Carlota, Blood on Fire, La Divina, Frida Kahlo: From Hell to Glory, and Los Dioses de Barro, and was officially proclaimed a non-profit theatre company in 2000.

Sierra-Oliva's father José Sierra Gomez, was a Méxican Spaniard, and his mother Magdalena Oliva Aguilar was a Méxican Indian. Sierra-Oliva began writing short stories during his early childhood and at 15, he published his first short story The Black Pearl. He studied painting at the San Carlos Art Academy in México City and drama at the Instituto Nacional de México. Largely self-taught as a composer, Sierra-Oliva never attempted to become a disciple of another composer but relied instead on his own analysis of the works of others.

In 1970 he won an honorary award for his first movie script Green and Gold in a national contest for movie, television, and radio script writing. The same year he moved to the United States where he studied philosophy and humanism at San Mateo College, and the mystical studies of the Order of Rosicrucian in San Jose, California. In 1987, Sierra-Oliva composed his first song entitled "50 Candles for the Golden Gate".

During 15 years Sierra-Oliva focused on arranging music and directing for stage musicals. In 1991 he created his first full-length musical work The Leaves of Grass Cantata. In 1992, Sierra-Oliva completed 50 ink drawings of the opera star Maria Callas which were displayed in the San Mateo Art Gallery where he later was invited to exhibit his creations. The following year he completed 50 paintings of Maria Callas's portraits in oil pastels and watercolors that were exhibited in several San Diego galleries.

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego, along with its director, has continued to thrive in the performing arts industry.

Subject/Index Terms

Hispanic Theatre of San Diego--Archives
Mexican American artists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American authors--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American dramatists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American theater--California--San Diego--History--Sources
Sierra-Oliva, Jesus--Archives

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: February 2002, 2009-051, 2018-024, 9999-228, 2015-031, 2015-042, 2015-050, 2016-031, 2017-025, 2018-021

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Jesús Sierra-Oliva

Related Materials:

Lowell Davies Papers

Old Globe Theater Collections

San Diego State Department of Theatre

Records of JuleTone Productions

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: Visit the URL below for an online exhibit featuring video selections from several of the dramatic performances produced by Hispanic Theatre of San Diego and directed by playwright and artist Jesus Sierra-Oliva.

Other URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/exhibits/2010/02/hispanictheatre/index.shtml


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 2001-2006, 2015-2017],
[Series 2: Biographical],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1971-2017],
[Series 4: Collected Works],
[Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other Writings],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Artwork],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 9: Stage Props],
[Series 10: Humanist and Philosphical Writings and Compositions],
[All]

Series 7: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Maria CallasAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photocopies, black and white on white and yellow paper, of original paintings by Jesus Sierra Oliva, 50 total, 8 ½" x 11"Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Three Maria Callas Inspired T-ShitsAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting in operatic role as "Norma", 1965Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting, oil, as Lucia di LammermoorAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting as "Ana Bolena", 1993Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting as "Lady Macbeth", wooden frame, approximately 15 ¾" x 12", 1993Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting by Silvano Castelli, wooden frame, approximately 15 ¾" x 12", 1956Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting as "Lucia", wood frame 15 3/4" x 12", 1993, New York 1956Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: Painting as "Norma", framed, 1995 20" x 16 ½"Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Item 1: Calendars, two, 1997 XX aniversario, one larger in colorAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Calendar, one, 1998 Maria Callas La DivinaAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Color prints, three 11" x 17", copies of Sierra-Oliva artwork, 1993Add to your cart.
Item 4: Original Drawings, Maria Callas in pencil and ink, 22, circa 1985Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: 8 ½" x 11" color photocopies of 11" x17" color photocopies 34 totalAdd to your cart.
Item 2: 11" x17" color photocopies of paintings, 35 totalAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Poster Draft, Callas "La Divina" USA World Premiere at Liceum Theater, May 4th, 1998Add to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Display Case" introduction to "A Tribute to Maria Callas" 1923-1977, mounted on mat board, 14 1/2" x 19 ½"Add to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Item 1: Oil painting, 16" x 20"Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Hand colored prints of Maria Callas in role as "Norma", 2009Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Walt WhitmanAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Item 1: Four Color Photocopies of the Walt Whitman portraits in various stages of productionAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Original and colored copy of poster: The Walt Whitman Centennial Year 1992Add to your cart.
Item 3: Original and colored copy of poster: Walt Whitman "Loving Comrades"Add to your cart.
Item 4: Painting of Walt Whitman by Jesus Sierra-Oliva, framed, 1993Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Sierra-Oliva CreationsAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sketch of woman in pencil, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sketch of couple in pencil, drawn on folder, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: Nine erotic sketches in ink, all famed by artist on cardboard, 1974-1978, 1980Add to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Item 1: "The Voice of the Sphinx" drawing in color, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Nine hand colored photocopies of Frida Kahlo, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Original pencil drawing colored with crayons, printed on cover of 'Death in Granada' tome. Size 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", signed, in a gold/silver frame 10"x12", 2015Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Sierra-Oliva Self-PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 8: As a young man, originally framed, 1956Add to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: Self Portrait "Three Ages", color, pastels, pencil, 2001Add to your cart.
Item 2: As a young man, ink and pastel pencil, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 3: Drawing of photograph, charcoal drawing, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photocopy, As a young man, 11" x17"Add to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Item 2: Drawing of photograph, charcoal drawing, framed, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 3: Bare chest with golden cross, framed, oil pastel , 1993Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Posters and PrintsAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Item 2: Aniversario: Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana (Black and White)Add to your cart.
Item 3: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin PosterAdd to your cart.
Item 4: The Throne of Mexico: Maximilian and his Empress Carlotta PosterAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Prints of painting of a man dressed in approximately 17th to 18th century attire, by Jesus Sierra Oliva, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 6: Prints of Joseph Stalin PortraitAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Print of Mao Tse-Tung delivering a report, 1949Add to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Item 2: Frida Kahlo "Del Infierno a la Gloria", two posters, 2006Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Print of "Muerte en Granada" cover, 2015Add to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Item 7: Poster for "Muerte en Granada"Add to your cart.
Item 8: Poster for "Noche con Lorca y Las Divas", 2015Add to your cart.
Item 9: Poster for "Los Dioses de Barro"Add to your cart.
two duplicates
Item 10: Poster for La Mini Opera "Callas, La Divina" for the XL Aniversario, 2017Add to your cart.
Item 11: Poster for premier of "Onassis y La Divina" with 'Norma 65' painting, 2013Add to your cart.
Item 12: Poster for premier of "Onassis y La Divina" with 'Norma 65' painting with ticket from 1998 English premier printed at bottomAdd to your cart.
Item 13: "Poster for Spanish premier of 'Onassis y La Divina' by Sergio Quiroz with photos taken by him inside theatre", 2013Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 2001-2006, 2015-2017],
[Series 2: Biographical],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1971-2017],
[Series 4: Collected Works],
[Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other Writings],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Artwork],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 9: Stage Props],
[Series 10: Humanist and Philosphical Writings and Compositions],
[All]


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