Fernando Calzadilla, who collaborates on scripts and designs the sets, lighting and costumes for productions at Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores, grew up as the youngest of five kids in a lower middle class family in Caracas, Venezuela. He shares how his childhood restlessness led him to the world of the arts.
“I started painting when I was 6 or 7. But by the time I was 11 or 12, I felt trapped. I thought, ‘There has to be something else.’ So I went out into the streets of Caracas, far from my neighborhood. I found theaters and museums. I went to the library and started listening to music. At 15, I was performing plays by Ionesco and Sartre on the streets. So my passion for the arts was almost a matter of survival. Once I found that, I grabbed it and didn’t let go.”