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Artist Spotlight
Luis Galindo, Actor

Luis Galindo in Alma en vanta/Soul on Sale. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Tell us about yourself! Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town near Corpus Christi called Taft, Texas, and then moved to Alvin, Texas, in the summer of '83, right before Hurricane Alicia hit.

You spent some time in Los Angeles before moving back to Houston. Why the move?

I like LA very much. I miss it often. I had some amazing creative experiences there and worked with some really talented incredible people. The truth is I left Houston in 2001 and moved to NY and since I left I have been homesick. I lived and worked in other places but the gravitational pull  of home has been strong ever since I left.

How has the Houston theatre scene grown since you first started out?

I turned pro while I was here and couldn't work any place but Stages and the Alley. I had planned to move to NYC anyway so I took the union status. Since then, there has been a lot of growth and he number of places I can now work was definitely a factor when I decided to officially come home.

This is the first time working with director Philip Boehm. What's the process like working with him?

I've never worked wth Philip before. Working with him is a great pleasure. He knows how to talk to actors in a very effective way. He's cool as hell and smart, too. Damned smart. He's been nothing but gracious and awesome since before the rehearsal process started.

How is your role in Alma en venta/Soul on Sale different from your other Stages work?

This play is different in that I get to talk about what being an artist is all about, especially from a metaphysical perspective, which is very interesting to me. I dig that angle a great deal. Anything that attempts to discuss, much less explore the cosmic, grabs my attention pretty rapidly.

What is your favorite work you've done at Stages?

My favorite work at Stages has been The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, but this one ain't open yet, so it could change.....

What's next for you?

I'm doing a play here in town that I don't know if it is alright to discuss, so I won't but it's at a place I have never worked before. I feel it is safe saying that much.

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