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Irineo Muñoz, the Man Behind the Magic of Teatro Santa Ana

Meet La Biblioteca

By Jade Arroyo

Irineo is the current director of the Teatro Santa Ana and coordinator of many of the cultural activities that take place in the library. Among the main functions of his position is the organization and coordination of events in the theater and in the Sala Quetzal, giving advice to those interested in presenting works and events, letting them know the requirements, how to fill out an application, and other steps to follow. Those who want to display their visual or plastic work on the walls of Café Santa Ana can also discuss possibilities and a time frame with Irineo.

Irineo is an electrical technician. He has a good understanding of the technical part of the theater and its proper operation, especially in lighting and backstage, setting up scenery, raising and lowering the curtains, placing the props in the right place, and managing the automated system with perfection. It looks like normal work, but its concept changes behind the scenes, in the dark, at high speed, and with the support of a hand lamp to make the magic of the theater possible.

This theater hosts daily screenings of art movies and documentaries, opera films, lectures, music, dancing, plays, and all kinds of community events. Irineo has been working in the theater for eight years, a long period that has allowed him to know it inside out. He has been working in La Biblioteca in general for 26 years, joining this institution on October 26, 1990. Among his jokes, Irineo says that he is already part of the inventory of  the place.

Another facet of his work here—and probably the most fun and satisfying—is to teach painting to children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 17. His class has received several prizes and recognition from CONACULTA, state government, and contests with various themes, at local and national levels. “My greatest satisfaction in these 26 years here is to see the results in my children, their growth, and having been able to teach them how to make art and to have them receive prizes for their talent.” He’s a reserved and kind man who loves art and thrives on promoting it.

You can find Irineo at the front desk of the theater Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. Speak to him about the activities, movies, and events hosted at the library, or email him at


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