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Spanish Language Theatre Group, Irish Bluegrass Band
Selected for Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory

“It’s a big deal. It was important that we be recognized as a theater group by Kentucky.” — Haydee Canovas, Teatro Tercera Llamada cofounder

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 7, 2017) — The Kentucky Arts Council has added two acts to its Performing Artists Directory.

Louisville-based Spanish language theater group Teatro Tercera Llamada and Louisville Irish and bluegrass roots music ensemble Cloigheann join the 76 other Kentucky individuals and groups who make up the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory.

The Performing Artists Directory is an adjudicated online roster of performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource for identifying artists for performance bookings and projects.

Inclusion in the directory represents Kentucky’s recognition of artistic excellence in an individual or group of performers. It also boosts the profile of the region where those artists are from, as well as Kentucky’s profile when those performing groups travel out of state.

Teatro Tercera Llamada, which means Theater Third Call in Spanish and takes its name from the Latin American theater tradition in which third call means lights down, curtain up, is a Spanish language theater group. “Everyone was very excited to learn we’d been added to the directory,” said cofounder Haydee Canovas. “It’s a big deal. It was important that we be recognized as a theater group by Kentucky.”

In addition to the all-Spanish theater productions, the Louisville-based group presents bilingual children’s plays.

“Our largest audiences are for the bilingual children’s plays. You get everyone from grandparents who want to come enjoy the play with their grandchildren to single people because they know it’s going to be entertaining,” Canovas said. “We really want families to come enjoy the theater together.”

The Irish and bluegrass music group Cloigheann, based in Bardstown, has been around for about 30 years, said founding member and guitarist Mark Rosenthal.

“We have several of our members who are part of other bands who’ve already been in the Performing Artists Directory, but we’re excited to be part of it as Cloigheann,” Rosenthal said. “We love sharing our music, and finding a new audience for it is something else we’re excited about. We’ve written a fair amount of new material, but haven’t recorded it yet. Getting in the directory will help breathe some new life into the band.”

The arts council endeavors to promote, showcase and provide professional development opportunities to a diverse selection of Kentucky's finest contemporary and traditional performing artists through the Performing Artists Directory.

For more information on the Performing Artists Directory, contact Tamara Coffey, individual artist director, at 502-892-3121, or or visit the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory page.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.