Working in the Theatre: Before the Show with Zulema Clares

“To be part of a repertory theatre, you have to remain active and focused on each of the productions because there’s a lot of change—changing skins, changing voices, and changing actors. You have to prepare yourself psychologically and physically in order to achieve a truthful and relaxed delivery.” – Zulema Clares

As actress Zulema Clares prepares to go on as the titular role in “Filomena Marturano: Un Matrimonio a la Caribeña” at Repertorio Español, she shares her preparation process, thoughts on connecting to a New York audience in another language, and her hope for the change that theatre can bring to an audience.

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American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features the most fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, we capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work.