Stage Players: Henry Godinez
Henry Godinez has taught acting at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University and now Northwestern University, and founded Teatro Vista with Eddie Torres in 1990 to create opportunities for Latinx artists.
- One of my main mantras that I give my students
and I pound it into them is that
the more prepared you are, the freer you are to play.
My name is Henry Godinez, and I am a professor
in the department of theater at Northwestern University.
It's the struggle that's interesting.
(loud banging) My job as a teacher
is to just help them become
more expansive, better human beings.
Studying Shakespeare and Chekhov and the Greeks
helps that happen. - Curtain.
I'm a little schizophrenic in that I'm this Cuban-born,
Latino actor, who loves and champions Latino theater,
but I was classically trained.
- Be cured of this disease.
- It's really good for me
to have to actually practice what I teach.
I do love Shakespeare.
Acting is what? - The reality of doing.
- None of the students in that class
have come to see Winter's Tale.
I'm like, guys go in the city and see theater, go see it.
The various universities have nurtured
the Chicago theater scene. It's kind of remarkable.