The gate of Hope

a TransPoetico Project

University of San Diego (CA)


This TransPoetico project will involve current news, local knowledge, and information from the streets with a close collaboration with researchers from different departments at The University of San Diego, including the department of Ethnic studies, Environmental and Ocean Studies (Climate Science), and Changemaking - School of Peace and Justice.  

As an International Laboratory of Theatre Research, Manifesto Poetico will engage in the creation of a popular contemporary theatre to bring the language of the streets to the stage. Incorporating artistic and scientific disciplines as well as multi-cultural influences, we propose theatre for and with the people.



We are interested in creating a theatre performance with students majoring in theatre.  We will take them on a journey of research, exploring the elements that are the reality of their surroundings: social conflicts, different ethnic groups, immigration, economic disparity, militarization and world environmental impact. We will look at the daily stories of different communities in the San Diego area and treat them with a poetic language.



The project will be compose of student and faculty from across disciplines, with actors from the theatre department, and content input from geology, peace and justice and more!  Together many different specialists will contribute to building the body of the story. 

A video-documentary will also be proposed, with the potential to involve top film students from USD. 

Carlos García Estévez in conversation with Scott Ripley. San Diego, California, February 2018.



"We believe in promoting a constant development of society. We aim to mirror this development with stories wherein people can recognize themselves, and which encourage citizens to engage for a better world for all races, social classes, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, national origins, and abilities; a better world for Humanity."

Manifesto Poetico, 2011



With The Gate of Hope, Manifesto Poetico intends to design an hands-on creative process. We will aim to connect the artists and students with their past and bring them close to a future; imaginatively and emotionally. We will challenge them to offer their results to an audience and confront the reality of today’s world.