Alberto is an independent producer in film and theater. As a playwright, he has two stage plays to his credit and is currently working on his third play, “Welcome to Welcomeville.” He is a working artist in addition to serving as artistic director and founding member at Teatro del Pueblo, a professional Latino theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition, he has a Bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota, a Television Studio certification and has attended film school at Rockport’s International Television and Film studies program. As an artist, Alberto seeks to educate the community through multi-racial themes that depict commonalties among races. This premise has led him to develop collaborating programs between the local Latino and Hmong communities. As a 1994 Leadership in Arts award winner, he did research to use theater and film as a crime prevention tool for children. He has also developed and directed several teenager drama projects using “Theater of the Oppressed” techniques for Teatro del Pueblo’s educational programs. In 1993, he was awarded the Many Voices Residency Award by the Playwright Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1994 and 1995, he was selected as an associated member at the Playwright Center. In 1997 and 1998, he visited Belfast, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school where he worked with their drama classes on conflict resolution.
Alberto has continued to visit and work with Catholic and Protestant kids on conflict resolution techniques throughout the course of the last seven years. Also in 1997, he received a collaboration grant from the Playwright Center to complete his first children’s musical play “Anansi’s Carnival Adventure” which was produced in May 1998 by Stepping Stone Theater. This was followed by the production of “Cassie the Crab and Rosita the Island Girl” in 2004 and the upcoming production of “The Legend of Lento El Coyote” in May 2006. In May of the year 2000, he founded the annual Political Theatre Festival of Minnesota in which art and politics come together in an exchange of ideas, which has become a tradition for Latinos and non-Latinos in Minnesota.