In addition to her dramaturgical work, Lydia Garci is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts first-ever Executive Director of Equity and Organization Culture. Lydia was a resident lecturer and teacher at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she dramaturged more than 20 plays in 8 seasons including the world premieres of Sean Graney’s The Yeomen of the Guard, Alexa Junge’s Fingersmith, Tracy Young and Oded Gross’s The Imaginary Invalid and The Servant of Two Masters, and Octavio Solis’s Quixote.
She is also a trained staff facilitator for issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. She holds a BA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).
Lydia G. GarciaDramaturg, Much Ado About Nothing
Virginia Grise is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Yale Drama Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, and is an alum of the Women’s Project Theatre Lab. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press), and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives and writes in the Bronx.
Sean San José is a Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Founder of Campo Santo, a new performances company for people of color in San Francisco. Founded in 1996, Campo Santo is an award-winning group committed to developing new Performance and to nurturing people of color centered new audiences and has premiered more than 75 new pieces. For 15 years he was the Program Director of Performance for Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space. He co-created Alma Delfina Group-Teatro Contra el SIDA and Pieces of the Quilt, a collection of 50+ short plays on AIDS. He teaches in the Theatre, Dance, Performance Studies Department at University of California at Berkeley. His writing commissions and productions include: Play On! for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory, Ictus Productions, Kronos Quartet, and others. San José has created original theatrical works from the prose writings of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hagedorn Denis Johnson, Luís Saguar, Vendela Vida and more.
Sean San JoséPlaywright,
Andrea Thome is a Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright who grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that inhabit her plays. Her play Pinkolandia received a rolling world premiere at INTAR Theater (NYC), Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater, Two River Theater (NJ), and 16th Street Theater (Chicago). It was awarded the Lark/Mellon Foundation’s Launching New Plays Fellowship, and was translated into Russian and presented at Moscow’s Meyerhold Center. Other current plays in progress include Purgatorio (developed through SPACE on Ryder Farm and Keen Company), and an untitled play about an 11th-century astronomer from Muslim Spain, commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre/The Sloan Foundation.
Andrea’s playwriting often experiments with the nature of theatrical collaboration. She was recently commissioned by En Garde Arts to write Undocumented, created from her interviews and ongoing conversations with undocumented immigrants. Collaborating with composer Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza and director José Zayas, they shared a developmental reading at Joe’s Pub (at the Public Theater) in November 2017, and are in the process of developing a full-length version in conversation with both theaters and community organizations. For the Public Theater, Andrea created Troy in collaboration with director Laurie Woolery and Public Works’ ACTivate Ensemble. This year and a half-long process, in which the community ensemble helped generate and also performed the material, culminated in a full production at the Public in June 2016. She has also been developing a unique collaborative process with director Lisa Rothe, composer Amir Khosrowpour and a collaborating ensemble of performers and storytellers to create a multidisciplinary, musical piece, The Necklace of the Dove. Weaving together stories about love from a medieval Muslim Spanish book and a modern immigrant community in Queens, the piece has been developed through Mabou Mines’ Resident Artist Program, Fulcrum Theater, The Lark and New Georges’ Audrey Residency.
Andrea’s other plays include Undone (Whitman Award; developed at Queens College, Victory Gardens, Lark), Worm Girl (Cherry Red Productions), various short plays and many collaborative projects. Her play translations (including Guillermo Calderón’s Neva) have been produced by the Public Theater, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse and others. She co-created and has directed the Lark’s México-US Playwright Exchange Program since 2006, which brings together Mexican and US playwrights to create theatrical translations of new Mexican plays and build lasting collaborative relationships and dialogue. Andrea co-founded fulana, an all-Latina satire collective that creates cutting-edge political & cultural parodies online and beyond (www.fulana.org), and she spent 5 formative years in San Francisco, where her Red Rocket Theater Company created and produced an original play each month, and where she worked with artists including Latina Theatre Lab, Campo Santo, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Brava.
She has received fellowships and residencies from NYFA, MacDowell Colony (awarded Thornton Wilder fellowship), New Voices/New York, the Camargo Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm group, the City of Oakland, New York University (MFA Fellow), Women’s Project Lab, and Keen Company. Andrea was a New Dramatists resident playwright from 2009-2016. http://newdramatists.org/andrea-thome
Octavio Solis is a playwright, director and fiction writer whose works have been produced in theatres across the country, including the Center Group Theatre in Los Angeles, South Coast Repertory, the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Dallas Theater Center. His fiction and short plays have appeared in the Louisville Review, Zyzzyva, Catamaran literary Reader, the Chicago Quarterly Review and Huizache.
Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In 2018-2019, her play RED BIKE receives an NNPN rolling world premiere at theatres across the US.
Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Halcyon Theatre, Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in Toronto, CEAD Festival in Montreal and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.. She is currently under commission from American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Opera Theater, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and she is a 2017-2018 visiting research fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Key works in her repertoire include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, The Booth Variations, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Any Place But Here, Archipelago, The Way of Water and In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’ novel). She has radically reconfigured works from Wedekind, Euripides, Sophocles, and Shakespeare and adapted works by Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her plays have been directed by Annie Castledine, Maria Irene Fornes, Lisa Peterson, Neel Keller, William Carden, Nick Philippou, Annie Dorsen, Katie Pearl, Stephen Wrentmore, Daniella Topol, Jose Zayas, and David Lozano, among many others. In her theatre work she has collaborated with composers Adam Sultan, Graham Reynolds, O-Lan Jones, Michael Roth, the Jones Street Boys, Jane Shaw, Mike Croswell, and Tom Hagerman of the Grammy-winning band DeVotchKa.
Her work has also intersected with communities of multiple diversities with works responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the US Gulf region, veterans and their families, survivors of trauma and those committed to artistic expression of precarity, advocacy for US Latin@ writing voices, and engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is co-organizer and curator of After Orlando theatre action in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre with Missing Bolts Productions at DR2 Theatre in New York City, Finborough Theatre in London and over sixty venues across the US; and Climate Change Theatre Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders. She has also published over twenty titles with NoPassport Press by authors as diverse as Todd London, John Jesurun, David Greenspan, Carson Kreitzer, Rinde Eckert, Lenora Champagne and Octavio Solis.
Her works are published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and more. Four collections of her works for live performance are published as follows: The Hour of All Things and other plays (Intellect, 2017), JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and other plays (Intellect UK, 2016); Instructions for Breathing and other plays (Seagull Books UK, 2014); Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, Denmark, 2012). She has edited several books on theatre including Audience Revolution: Dispatches from the Field (TCG, 2016), Innovation in Five Acts (TCG, 2015), Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries and Theatre in Crisis? (the latter two for Manchester University Press, UK). She is co-author of Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft, which is published by Methuen Bloomsbury Drama in 2017.
She sustains a parallel career as a theatrical translator, chiefly of the dramatic work of Federico Garcia Lorca as well as works by Calderon de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Julio Cortazar, Victor Rascon Banda, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary works from Mexico, Cuba and Spain. She is associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge, UK, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and drama editor of Asymptote literary translation journal. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, and affiliated artist with the Lark and New Georges, and lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She has received fellowships from Harvard/Radcliffe, NEA/TCG, PEW Charitable Trust, and California Arts Council. As an arts journalist, she has written for American Theatre, Howlround, PAJ, The Dramatist, and Hotreview. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD, and she also trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes in INTAR’s legendary HPRL Lab. She teaches creative writing and playwriting at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts. She has taught playwriting at Bard, Barnard, Bennington, Denison, Ohio State, ScriptWorks, and Yale School of Drama. caridadsvich.com