jakub | July 18, 2023

AMERICAN THEATRE | Latinx Playwrights Circle Announces Summer Jam Fellows

NEW YORK CITY: The Latinx Playwrights Circle, in partnership with the Dramatists Guild of America, has selected ten Latinx/é playwrights to receive fellowships to attend the LPC Summer Jam. The inaugural cohort includes Tanya Perez, Nilsa Reyna, Diego Lanao, Phillip Burke, Jaymes Sanchez, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Adrian Costa, Rebbekah Vega-Romero, Daniela Thome, and Andrew Aaron Valdez.

The Summer Jam will be a week-long writers’ workshop hosted July 23-28 at the main office of the Dramatists Guild in Manhattan. The program is specifically designed for Latinx/é playwrights aged 18 and above, providing them with an opportunity to delve into the business of playwriting and elevate their craft. Fellows will engage with award-winning theatremakers, including Dominique Morisseau, Kristoffer Diaz, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Rashad V. Chambers, Rogelio Martínez, Cándido Tirado, Caridad Svich, and many more. The program, made possible in part by a grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation, aims to empower the fellows by immersing them in a transformative learning environment.

Fellows will participate in various activities throughout the week, including attending Broadway performances of Here Lies Love and New York, New York, and the LPC Fresh Draft Series development reading of a new play by Guadalís del Carmen. Fellows will hear from keynote speakers, including Patricia McGregor, the newly appointed artistic director of New York Theater Workshop.

“I am thrilled to continue fostering a strong community among playwrights with shared Latin America and Caribbean heritage through this exceptional program,” said program director and LPC director of strategic initiatives and partnerships Darrel Alejandro Holnes in a statement. “We believe that by investing in the development of Latinx/é playwrights, we are taking a crucial step toward ensuring a future where our voices are heard and celebrated on the greatest world stages. The ultimate objective is to pave the way for the next generation of exceptional playwrights, ensuring that Latinx/é playwrights have a prominent place in the nation’s cultural tapestry.”

Started as a pop-up playwright group in Oct. 2017, the Latinx Playwrights Circle is now a New York-based nonprofit organization engaged in community development, programming, and mentorship for playwrights of Latinx heritage. LPC aims to build a network of Latinx Playwrights nationwide in order to promote, develop, and elevate their work, while making their plays accessible to theatremakers looking to find the next generation of American storytellers. As of 2022, the LPC had an approximate budget of $64,000.

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