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COSTA RICA
MARCO GUILLEN and FERNANDO VINOCOUR
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San José, a city of about a million inhabitants, with about 20 theatrical spaces.

Our theatre can be seen to reflect the different polarizing tendencies that arose

from the transformation of the country’s cultural and political institutions during

the 80s. In the 70s, important developments had included the foundation of

the National Theatre Company, two College Theatre Schools and the National

Theatre Workshop (an introductory acting institute), along with the appearance

of independent groups and the immigration of actors and directors from

South America. For the Costa Rican theatre, it appeared to be the beginning

of a long-awaited move towards professionalism. The second half of the 80s

was a period in which a more individualistic and commercial model began to

prevail, finally taking over in the 90s. Nevertheless, a few groups and individuals

kept investigating new ideas with broader perspectives in the artistic, technical

and ideological sense. They kept up the search for different stage languages

with higher artistic demands.