Felix Pitre, born in Cataño, Puerto Rico, has lived in the United States since the age of two. Raised in New York City, he attended The New York City High School For The Performing Arts and Hofstra University. As an actor he has worked in every medium including television, film, theatre and commercials. He has performed his bilingual program, Stories and Songs of Latin America (1974) throughout the United States including Washington's Kennedy Center and The Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre. He returned to the Smithsonian in 1993 with a commissioned piece, From Jíbaros to Juan Bobo, Folk Tales of Puerto Rico. Other programs include, The Caribbean and Columbus, More to the Story, a look at the discovery from a native Puerto Rican's point of view, Animal Tales, learning lessons from humorous animal stories and songs while exploring our need to care for wildlife and the environment and Mexican Legends and Songs, exploring Mexico through stories, customs and old favorites like, "Cielito Lindo" and "La Cucaracha."

His picture books, Juan Bobo and the Pig, and Paco and the Witch, (both illustrated by Christy Hale) were published by Lodestar Books, Penguin USA, 1993 and 1995 with a Spanish translation of the latter, Paco y la Bruja, (Osvaldo Blanco.) He also has contributed articles to La Nueva Hola, a national newsletter for The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors and is featured in the anthology, Tales Once Told (Scholastic.)

Mr. Pitre has also conducted workshops for students and teachers on Latin American culture, storytelling and writing including an annual appearance as guest lecturer at Long Island University's Summer Institute for teachers and for the Education Department of The Kennedy Center.

His hobbies include reading, golf and an occasional discussion with his philosopher friend Santiago. He currently resides with his family in Putnam County, New York.

 

Premiered his one person show, "Stories and Songs of Latin America" at the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (1974)

PAF Playhouse, Huntington, Long Island - Touring member of Repertory Company Performed his "Stories and Songs" at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. (1981 & 2001)

Appeared at the Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre and returned in 1993 with a commissioned piece, "From Jibaros to Juan Bobo, Folktales of Puerto Rico"

Performed as a roster artist for Young Audiences of New Jersey and Connecticut and as guest artist in Rochester, NY; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD and Beaumont & Dallas, TX

Published two children's books (Penguin, USA), "Juan Bobo and the Pig," (1993) and "Paco and the Witch," (1995) - "Paco y la Bruja" (Spanish translation)

Participating Artist with ArtsConnection, providing workshops and performances through out the New York City schools

Returning artist conducting Teacher Workshops at Long Island University (1996- 2002)

Workshop Leader at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Education Department (2001-2003)

Presently performing for Theatreworks, USA, the nation's largest professional not for profit theatre for young audiences

Other performing venues: Gracie Mansion, NYC; The Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Clearwater Hudson Revival; Children's Festival at Wolftrap, VA; The Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt. Airy, NC

Education: The New York City High School for the Performing Arts Hofstra University

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