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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.

AIRED: June 20, 2019 | 0:01:11
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- 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.

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