Award-Winning Playwright Migdalia Cruz Offers Workshop at ATHE 2013
by Chase Bringardner, Vice President for Conference 2013
Happy Summer everyone! This post is the third in a series of articles you will find in ATHENews as we approach the conference in August. These brief articles will continue to spotlight specific conference events and provide a sneak peek of some of the exciting things we as a conference committee have planned for attendees.
It is with great excitement that I share with you all that Migdalia Cruz, will join us in Orlando and offer a workshop on Saturday, August 3. Cruz is an award-winning playwright who has written more than forty plays, operas, screenplays, and musicals including: Fur, Miriam’s Flowers, and Another Part of the House, produced in venues as diverse as National Theater of Greece/Athens, Old Red Lion/London, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, and Latino Chicago Theater Company where she was writer-in-residence from 1991 to 1998. She has also translated three plays through the Lark’s Mexico/US Word Exchange. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, was mentored by Maria Irene Fornés at INTAR, and her play, El Grito Del Bronx, was seen at NYU (4/08), at Milagro Theater (4/09, Portland, OR), and opened in Chicago at the Goodman Theater in a co-production of Teatro Vista and CollaborAction (7/09). TWO ROBERTS: a Pirate-Blues Project commissioned by the Lark with a NYSCA grant received a studio workshop in February 2011. Her collection of plays published by NoPassport Press, entitled El Grito Del Bronx, features: El Grito Del Bronx, Yellow Eyes, Salt, and Da Bronx Rocks - a part of “Song For New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting” presented by Mabou Mines.
Former Conference VP, Gwendolyn Alker, attests to the power of Cruz’s work: “I have invited Migdalia Cruz to meet with my students on numerous occasions. Each and every time the results are magical. Cruz is perhaps the truest inheritor of the pedagogical style of Irene Fornés. Her teaching methods and artistic integrity will speak to anyone with an interest in theatrical writing. Additionally, her techniques will be beneficial for academic writers, actors or anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the process of making theatre.”
Migdalia Cruz will offer her workshop, “Finding a Method to Your Own Madness” on Saturday afternoon from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will “come and write with Migdalia as she teaches you to reclaim your history and use your ancestors and memories to ground your characters in the truth as only you know it—in a voice that is fiercely unique and innately poetic. The successful participant will be open to writing in a group, and sharing her or his raw voice with the group, thereby honoring the sacred space created. We are all children of Salt, and writing/recording/remembering is how we complete ourselves. Be prepared to move gently, write bravely with paper and pen, and share with an open heart.” The workshop has just filled up, but you can ask JHUP to be wait-listed.
Check back next month to read about some other incredible workshop opportunities and some other exciting conference planning!