Teresa Yenque - a true pioneer in Spanish-language theatre, and one who has paved the way for so many. Leaving behind her native Peru at just 19, she had the courage to follow her passion. Back in the days when roles available to Latina women were scarce, and often limited.
Teresa was not dissuaded by limitations, and played every role the way she still does, with professionalism, 100% commitment, intelligence and passion. She’s played in diverse roles and genres, from musicals to classical theatre, from farces to serious drama, branching out into English-language roles in addition to Spanish.
Her long flowing hair and her beautifully-expressive eyes have become just as much her trademarks as her generosity and humility as an actor. Even during her curtain calls, she throws the love and appreciation right back to the audience and fellow artists. And although she is the past recipient of major and prestigious award and honors, she still seems genuinely surprised and humbled when someone asks for her autograph or a picture with her. She ‘s been applauded by audiences from Spain to El Paso, from Broadway to the Kennedy Center, and has earned every decibel of that applause, and every one of those curtain calls.
When your mom is Teresa Yenque, childhood went a little bit different than the other kids on the block. As kids I remember my brother Cesar and I sitting in the front row of a theater, usually it was Intar or PRTT or Spanish Rep, mesmerized , watching this wonderful woman come to life with some of the most unforgettable characters! We'd be lost in the drama of the play. Now there is only so much Lorca a seven-year-old could understand, or take... but it was enough to keep us in our seats, in laughter, sometimes in tears, but always the front ROW. She made it look so easy.
Her passion never faltered, and in the 80’s she began doing television and film work,
Appearing on so many popular TV shows, Telenovelas & films like 30 Rock, The Sopranos, One Life to Live, and -who could forget her heartfelt performance in Law & Order.
But Teresa never traded the wings of the theatre for the sound stage of a studio. She managed, and still manages, to make them both happen.
We are beyond proud that we’re the sons of a pioneer of the New York theatre scene.
Over the past 40 years, she’s had some amazing roles that she brought to life again and again with such passion and force. We can’t wait to see what incredible roles the next 40 years will bring her but one thing is for sure: we’ll still be right there in the front row! Always! Brava!!
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