Little more than a century after independence, we can proudly say that theater has achieved a level of development in its popular, classic and comedy genres, in line with the enormous efforts of its forerunners, some of which have already died, who imprinted a long life to this cultural form in Panama.
Some critics share the view that it is very difficult to expand theater horizons in an atmosphere where it is extremely expensive to rent an appropriate stage and little support is given by private companies and the government. Likewise, others consider as a big effort to take the public to the theater and face censorship and critics who attach little value to theater production.
Fortunately, there are still those who are identified with theater production or a group of theater artists who in its turn produce their own plays. There are prolific entities capable of producing an average of four plays a year, while others work hard to put on at least one in the same period.
The world of theater is carried on by independent and alternative producers. The truth is that this sector has shown a significant boom and there is a growing interest to increase the presence of professional actors on stage as well as public attendance to the theater.