ACTIN Auditions


ACTIN (actuación integral) invita a las audiciones para su primer obra de teatroen español (microbra) dentro del género microteatro en comedia que montará de forma profesional para una primer temporada en el Valle de Texas.

Las audiciones tendrán lugar el próximo martes 15 y jueves 17 de marzo de 6:00 a 8:00 de la tarde en la Incubadora Creativa de McAllen – Suite 9 (601 N. Main St. McAllen, TX) para los jóvenes que deseen ser parte de este primer proyecto de teatro.

Los dos personajes que buscamos son hombres de aproximadamente 20 a 35 años o que lo aparenten, uno de corporalidad media y otro alto y delgado. Experiencia teatral básica, vis cómica (facilidad para hacer reír) y que hablen el idioma español al 100%.

La obra es una comedia de una escritora de la ciudad de México que se presentó en la temporada “Por tus vecinos” en la empresa Microteatro México. La idea general de este genero es una obra de 15 minutos, para 15 personas en habitaciones pequeñas de 15 a 20 m2.

ACTIN considera que este nuevo concepto de entender la creación teatral es un comienzo ideal para el público del Valle de Texas. Hacer algo diferente, ir a reir, a relajarte y de esta manera hacer crecer en nuestra sociedad el gusto por el arte y la cultura.

Para cualquier duda o comentario comunicarse al 956-624-8239 con Elizabeth Ayala o al correo En redes sociales Facebook y Twitter @actin2014.

Viol Consort String Ensemble presents a concert tribute to the italian composer Ennio Morricone(1928 -)

This coming February 28th Viol Consort String Ensemble presents a concert tribute to the italian composer Ennio Morricone(1928 -) one of the most versatile, experimental and influential composers of the present time.
Viol Consort String Ensemble will be performing a wide range of music styles, from the most popular film themes of the composer,going from the beautiful love songs of “Cinema Paradiso” to the Western touch of “The good, the bad and the ugly”.
Free admission at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main in McAllen



The McAllen Creative Incubator Welcomes Newest Tenant

V.LopezHer name is Victoria Lopez, a poetry writer and the newest tenant at the McAllen Creative Incubator, Studio #8. Victoria currently attends UTRGV and majors in English.  Between her time spent at school and job obligations, Ms. Lopez began writing a novel, merely as a hobby.  Victoria is a go getter who at the age of twenty five became the published author of her first Novel “Fire in May.”

“Writing was how I had come to identify myself; it was the method in which I would isolate my feelings so that I could better understand them, and myself. It was then that I had to ask myself this question: Am I just someone who likes to write or am I a writer? From then on, I began to introduce myself as an aspiring writer.” Said Victoria Lopez

Victoria’s desire is to become involved in the community and lend her voice to those who might not yet know their own. Every Friday, this February, Victoria partakes in a local event called ‘Poetry on Demand.’ And thus far, has received phenomenal feedback from everyone she has had the wonderful opportunity to meet.

As part of the McAllen Creative Incubator, Victoria will be able to further contribute to the community, the arts, and the creativity in youth by spreading this message: You are worthy.  Additionally, during the First Friday Art Walks, Ms. Lopez will be practicing an open door policy and will invite anyone who would wish to speak about writing, arts, local involvement, or any topic in general. More than anything, she aspires to break the barriers that people keep around in their hearts and, in turn, inspire the community to embrace their most perfect potential.

If you wish to contact Victoria Lopez, for either an event or personal inquiry, you can do so by sending an email to. Visit her website, where copies of her novel ‘Fire in May’ are available, at Furthermore, Mrs. Lopez has upcoming events, where the general public is  invited to attend, such as – “Novel Project” Gallery Exhibit 03/04 @ 6pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator and – Poem in Your Pocket Day 04/21 @ 10am at the McAllen Public Library.

For more information on how to become a tenant at the Incubator contact Laura Robles at or 956-682-2871. The McAllen Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main Street and strengthens our creative sector, including arts, culture and for-profit creative businesses, by engaging the art, business, creative communities, providing capacity-building services, and serving as a thought leader and a convener.

Writer-Virginia Haynie Gause joins Incubator Tenants in Studio#17


Virginia Haynie Gause calls herself an emerging writer although she has already co-written two books-a cookbook and a guidebook to Oaxaca, Mexico. Also a published writer of travel articles of Texas cities and Mexico, Virginia will be using the Incubator as her home base. Including all four Valley counties, she will write her next book-The Trailblazer’s Guide to the Rio Grande Valley.

            “I will pick the most select things which aren’t documented elsewhere to tell the public,” Gause explains. “For instance, new restaurants will be one category, like Birdie Cakes & Bakery on Main Street across from Salt. Word of mouth will help keep that restaurant there for us tomorrow.”

Using her 42 years as a librarian at UTPanAm’s library, she’ll use her local contacts to help fill the chapters of her book with the goal of helping tourists enjoy their Valley visit to the fullest. A few chapter categories will be Craft Beer, Craft Cocktails, Churches and their music, and Spring Break adventures.

Working with her many connections, she will offer writer’s workshops about four times a year. Call or email for current class times, 956/358-3915,

Creative Art’s Incubator offers Studio and Workspace at an affordable price


McAllen Chamber’s Creative Art’s Incubator offers

Studio and Workspace at an affordable price

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for artists who are interested in becoming tenants of the McAllen Creative Incubator.  With help from the city, the McAllen Chamber has created 20 low cost artist studios and office spaces for expanding artists and art organizations.  The Cultural Arts Department houses artists of different art disciplines such as porcelain painting, choir lessons and a children’s Acting Studio, just to name a few.  The studio spaces vary in size and price.

To apply for studio space, interested artists need to submit a completed application, samples of work, resume and a business plan. Prospective tenants, who are on our waiting list, will be considered first.  Then, the prospective tenant will meet with a representative of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.  Applications can be pick-up at the Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen  or it is also available online at

For assistance with the business plan, set an appointment with Mr. Ivan Gonzalez, VP of Business Development for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 956-687-2787.  Completed application and business plan can be submitted directly to the McAllen Creative Incubator or the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, at 1200 Ash, P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.

“The Incubator is a stepping stone for artists to develop their much desired dream of someday having a studio, business or gallery.  Our vision is to see art flourishing in McAllen, by providing the public access to exhibitions, performances and associated events by our talented Incubator Tenants.” said Laura Robles, Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

The goal of the McAllen Creative Incubator is to support the continued professional growth of artists and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our local community.  Applications will be accepted on a continual basis.  For more information please contact Laura Robles at 956-682-2871 or via email at



ACTIN Classes in McAllen

Publicidad Febrero 2016


In the city of McAllen art continues to evolve.  Once again the McAllen Creative Incubator welcomes ACTIN – “Actuación Integral” for all children and adolescents in the Río Grande Valley.  Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday for children ages 7 to 15 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Registration opens on Tuesday, January, 26th and Thursday, January, 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Registration is for the first quarter of ACTIN classes, February to April at McAllen Creative Incubator, Suite 9, 601 N Main St. McAllen.

“ACTIN is a space made for children to create, invent, learn to participate and collaborate in groups.” Sais Elizabeth Ayala, ACTIN Teacher, “As an art form, ACTING Children’s theater classes are therapeutic and socializing.”

Another purpose for the basics of acting-skills are that it allows the student to gain self-confidence, release the fear of public speaking, exercise  memory skills , improve concentration, stimulate creativity while controlling their emotions. A Student who receives ACTIN classes gains skills for personal development and not necessarily becomes an actor or actress.  On the other hand, ACTIN can help with the preparation process and guide the student to various means of theater, film and television.

Acting classes are taught in Spanish to reinforce the language and speak properly.  For more information call (956) 624.8239 and social networks and Twitter: @ actin2014.  For more information about the ongoing programs at the McAllen Creative Incubator contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or via email at


Contact:  Laura Robles, Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator

McAllen Creative Incubator

Phone:  956-687-2787