Magical Rain Theaterworks

Magical Rain Theaterworks

Dance - Music - Theatre


 (269) 226-9172

 27 Ravinia Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Magical Rain Theaterworks creates theater experiences exploring story, myth, movement, wisdom of the heart and body, and creativity of diverse people and cultures. Performances, workshops, and retreats for K-12, college, and adult audiences are available. Repertoire includes Palabras Luminosas (Latino luminous language, laughter, and lore) and Blacklight Student Productions (students create "glow in the dark" plays). Our programs explore cultural heritage, inspire creative minds, and foster emotional and social intelligence.
Magical Rain Theaterworks creates moments of discovery with a mix of theater, myths, stories, innovative teaching techniques, guided discussions and creative arts activities. Magical Rain programs can be adapted for any size of stage or space, and for any size and type of audience (K – 12 and up). We perform at schools, universities, museums & libraries, professional stages, community centers, camps, migrant programs, churches, shelters, living rooms, and more..
Magical Rain is a family company, and our programs are created by Irene (Ike) Vasquez, Ph.D., her husband, Dan Runyan and their son, Benito Runyan. We write, design, perform, teach, direct and produce. Some tours include other guest artists and apprentices. We have been listed in the adjudicated State of Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory for over 12 years.
Magical Rain Theaterworks has a wide range of workshops for youth, including performances, games, visual art, movement, storytelling and media. Workshops can be adapted for all ages and sizes of groups, from 10 students to hundreds, indoors or outdoors. Special programs can be designed for many venues: after school, at risk, special needs, camps and festivals. Our workshops explore life stories, personal expression, group listening and collaborative performance. As the students play and perform, their emotional, social and creative intelligences are enhanced and honed. The activities animate skills the students are putting into play in their daily lives: social engagement, personal vision, problem solving and self authorization.
We add theater, myth and stories to our presentations, workshops and seminars. We add in-depth dialogue, cultural analysis and personal reflections to our productions. The result is an encounter with mystery, energy, and ways of knowing, being and performing that is engaging for all who participate.
Samples of Places we have toured:
Guadalupe Cultural Center – San Antonio,TX
Art Center of Battle Creek – Battle Creek, MI
Children’s Theater Festival – Tryon, NC
Lincoln City Cultural Center – Lincoln City, OR
Mexic-Arte Museum – Austin, TX
Michigan State University Museum – Lansing, MI
Kalamazoo Institute of Art – Kalamazoo, MI
Calles Y Suenos – Chicago, IL
Grand Rapids Public Library – Grand Rapids, MI
Schreiner College – Kerrville, TX
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Lewis & Clark College – Portland, OR
Michigan State University – Lansing, MI
Spokane Falls Community College – Spokane, WA
State University of New York – Freedonia, NY
DePauw University – Greencastle, IN
University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
Dewey Elementary School – Evanston, IL
Bridgman Elementary School – Bridgman, MI
Columbus High School – Columbus, NE
Rosa Parks Elementary – Redmond, WA
Academia de Espanol – Grand Rapids, MI
Sunset Lake Elementary School – Vicksburg, MI
Battle Creek Public Schools – Battle Creek, MI
Chicago Youth Center – Chicago, IL
Camp Rosenthal – Dowagiac, MI
Fennville Summer Migrant Program – Fennville, MI
M.S.U. Cooperative Extension – Adrian, MI
Hispanic American Council – Kalamazoo, MI
Calling All Colors – St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI
Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home – Kalamazoo, MI
Lakeside Home for Boys and Girls – Kalamazoo, MI