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Welcome to the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, where a rich tapestry of cultural heritage and artistic expression comes to life. For over five decades, we have been a beacon of creativity, diversity, and empowerment in the heart of Los Angeles. Founded by three extraordinary women, Carmen Zapata, Margarita Galban, and Estela Scarlata, our mission has been to provide a platform for Hispanic culture, bridging gaps, and fostering understanding through the power of bilingual theater.


With a Legacy of over 265 productions and a commitment to nurturing the talents of Latino artists, we continue to shine as a fundamental force in the world of bilingual theater, contributing to the cultural enrichment of the American stage. Join us as we embark on a new chapter, striving to establish a permanent artistic home and carry forward the vision of our founders for generations to come. This is our story, and we invite you to be a part of it.



The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Hispanic culture while fostering cross-cultural understanding. Through bilingual theater, we bridge cultural divides, educate, and inspire pride in heritage. We showcase classic and contemporary works from Spain and Latin America and nurture the next generation of Latino artists. Our mission is to share our artistic treasures with diverse communities and continue the legacy of our founders.

BFA: Where a legacy of culture and creativity continues to illuminate hearts and minds, for the love of the arts knows no bounds.

In the footsteps of visionaries, BFA stands as a testament to the enduring power of art, culture, and the human spirit.


In the next 50 years, we aspire to establish a permanent artistic home, "The Carmen Zapata and Margarita Galban BFA Theater," open to all cultures in Los Angeles. Our goal is to continue sharing Hispanic artistic treasures, fostering unity and preserving our legacy. Through partnerships with universities, we'll ensure the study and appreciation of our founding mothers' heritage. Our vision is to be a lasting symbol of cultural diversity, artistic excellence, and Hispanic heritage promotion. Together, we'll turn this vision into a vibrant reality.

BFA 1973 - 2023

The founders of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Carmen Zapata, Margarita Galban, and Estela Scarlata, were trailblazing visionaries who recognized the transformative potential of bilingual theater. With unwavering determination and boundless passion, they established BFA in 1973, setting in motion a cultural movement that continues to shine today. Carmen Zapata, a Broadway veteran, brought her star power and advocacy for Latino artists, while Margarita Galban and Estela Scarlata, equally formidable, added their talents and commitment to create a unique artistic haven. Together, these three extraordinary women have left an indelible mark on the world of theater, enriching lives and fostering understanding through the powerful medium of bilingual performance. Their legacy lives on, inspiring new generations to embrace the beauty and diversity of Hispanic culture.



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