The Cultural Division offers a vast program of yearly activities, in which it combines the most important artistic aspects: concerts, exhibits, plays, ballets, lectures, conferences, courses and other demonstrations of social, educational, and cultural education.
The Cultural Division sponsors important cultural programs, among them, the ICDA Workshop Theater, the Domínico Americano Mixed Voices Choir, and the Julio Alberto Hernandez Male Choir.
At the same time, it administers and manages the facilities of the Cultural Complex: the Patrick N. Hughson Auditorium, the Art Gallery, and other Cultural Halls.
The Cultural Director
The Cultural Division is under Dr. Amarilis Rodríguez de Durán.
The Cultural Division is under Dr. Amarilis Rodríguez de Durán, a well-known actress and director of the Dominican theater and a member of Compañía Nacional del Teatro de Bellas Artes (National Company of the Fine Arts Theater), who graduated in International Law and Diplomacy. She holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.
She is part of the “Gallery of Dominican Theater” at Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito. She has received awards as an Actress and as a Theater Director on several occasions with these awards: “Casandra”, “Dorado”, and “Talía de Plata”, and was recognized as one of the “most distinguished dominican actresses” by Banco Central de la República Dominicana.
She has an impressive career and has held different jobs. Ms. Rodriguez has worked at the ICDA for 20 years, where she has been employed since 1990 and held the position of cultural director since 1991.
Years before, she was sub-director of the Cultural Division of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, and Secretary of Education and of the UNESCO National Committee.
She has also carried out an impressive job as a university professor: for several years she was a professor and director of the School of Diplomacy at Universidad Católica Santo Domingo, (UCSD); a professor at Universidad APEC, at Universidad de la Tercera Edad (UTE), where she has directed the Grupo Teatro UTE since 1995; at Universidad Domínico-Americana, UNICDA; and at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, PUCMM.
During her professional career, she has successfully staged several presentations through her theater company, “Producciones Amarilis Rodríguez” as well as children’s presentations through her television program “Amarilis con los Niños” (Amarilis and Children).
She is married to Mr. Tomás Durán Piña, well-known marketing expert in the area of pharmaceuticals, with whom she had her children Deniel Omar and Dashiel Amarilis Durán Rodriguez.