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Longtime activist and director Virchis to be honored at Bonitafest

Fri, Sep 28 2012 01:44 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

William Virchis will be honored for his pioneering contributions to Latin-Hispanic theater by the Bonita Business and Professional Association on Saturday, Sept. 29. A longtime educator, activist, visual and performing arts administrator, critically acclaimed theater director and volunteer, Virchis will receive BBPA’s award for contributing to the betterment of Bonita in his field.

Virchis was recently recognized as one of 22 Remarkable Mexicans by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego for his significant contributions to the region. The announcement, made earlier this month, is part of an effort to raise awareness of Latinos’ achievements and impact in multiple fields and disciplines.

Virchis credits his success to the support of his own family and friends. “I personally believe that no one climbs the ladder of success without the help of others; being surrounded by experienced individuals who consistently challenge you to achieve your best is the key to a higher wisdom,” he explained.

An icon in San Diego’s performing arts community, Virchis, who contributed more than 30 years of service in the Sweetwater Union High School District, is the artistic producing director of Teatro Máscara Mágica, a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 1989 to increase the production of multicultural theater and provide professional theatrical opportunities to underrepresented segments of the population.

He is also co-founder of Teatro Meta, the Old Globe Theatre’s award-winning, bilingual in-schools theater program.
He is founder and CEO of Virco Enterprises, a local theater production company. 

Virchis will participate in the Bonitafest 40th anniversary celebrations, including the Bonitafest parade on Saturday, Sept. 29, and the annual Bonitafest melodrama, which concludes Friday.


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