(Seguin) -- A film and theater legend will be in Seguin this Thursday. Actress Rita Moreno has been invited to speak at Texas Lutheran University.
Ashlie Ford, TLU's director of marketing and communications, says Moreno will speak on diversity and representation of the arts. She says the university couldn't be more thrilled about hosting such an acclaimed entertainer and Hollywood star.
"She is part of a Brown Cultural Enrichment Endowment Fund series of speakers that we invite every year. So there's the committee on campus that gets to selects notorious people to come to campus and share their stories. She was someone that was proposed last year. So the committee decided that she would just be a wonderful person to come and share her story with our students, our faculty staff and then the greater Seguin community. She has been performing for more than 70 years in film and theatre. She is also one of only 12 living performers who have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy. She is of course most well known for her role as Anita in West Side Story where she won an Academy award and a Golden Globe. So we are just extremely excited to host such an icon on our campus," said Ford.
Ford says Moreno is a true pioneer for American Latinos and encourages everyone to come out and listen to her message.
"But it's very important for people to kind of recognize the symbolism of who Rita Moreno is and her place in film and theatre. She is a very important person in the industry. She was one of the first Latinas to really kind of break through and become a main stay of the industry. So I think not only sharing her story with our campus, but also with Seguin and the people who live here -- we have such a large Latino community and such a strong beautiful culture here -- to be able to see someone that represents their culture here on campus -- I think is just something wonderful and a great opportunity that they're not maybe going to have every day," said Ford.
Moreno's presentation gets underway at 7:30 p.m.Thursday at TLU's Jackson Auditorium. The event is free. Seats will be availabe on a first come, first served basis.