Erik Zavala on Stage
By YaYa Silva Méndez
The theatrical arts in our city continue to thrive as actors, actresses, and directors seek to bring new productions to local audiences and visitors year round. Numerous projects are sprouting up in various venues throughout San Miguel de Allende in a creative fusion of culture, language, and interests.
Actor Erik Zavala has deep roots in San Miguel. The Zavala name speaks of tradition and personalities in our city and across the country. Zavala is the son of the leader of the famed group Los Hermanos Zavala, a family of 12 brothers and sisters from Guanajuato—all musicians—who throughout the 1950s and 60s represented Mexico on various stages around the world with their music and choreography.
It was from this background that Zavala’s interest in the performing arts sprang. He is also the nephew of the well-known PPKBZON, founder of San Miguel’s oldest and most popular radio station. It’s no surprise that growing up in such an artistic family, Zavala decided to follow the same path. He studied acting at Mexico City’s prestigious Centro Universitario de Teatro (CUT) UNAM, whose graduates include film, theater, and television personalities Humberto Zurita, Astrid Hadad, and Juan Manuel Bernal, to name a few. During his time in Mexico City, Zavala worked on various film, theater, and television projects, sometimes getting more involved in producing than acting. One such project was the film Deseo (2013), which he produced with his brother Antonio Zavala Kugler (director). Zavala’s artistic career has focused on body theater and contemporary dance projects, in which he has worked with stage directors such as Alicia Sánchez.
Since his return to San Miguel, where he now combines his passion for acting with photography and his real estate business, he has been much sought after to create Latino roles in bilingual theatrical productions organized by the foreign community. Zavala recently appeared in So Go the Ghosts of México, directed by Melissa Edson, and in a Ten-Minute Play Festival piece produced and directed by Taylor Korobow, which won first place.
Zavala is very excited to launch the new season at the San Miguel Playhouse on Avenida Independencia, a popular venue among the foreign community, but also one that welcomes all audiences and theatrical genres. Zavala will share the stage with the talented actress Jill Gottlieb in a production of By the Waters of Babylon, directed by Canadian actor and director Alan Jordan, also a resident of San Miguel. This unique theatrical experience takes you on an intense journey into the desires, fears, and reality of the two characters.