2018 Keynote Speakers
The 2018 ATHE Conference Committee is thrilled to announce the speakers for the Keynote Event on Thursday, August 2, 2018:
Quiara Alegría Hudes (Pulitzer Award - Water By the Spoonful, Tony Award - In the Heights) and her sister Gabriela Sanchez (Founder and Managing Director of Power Street Theatre Company) will provide dialogue on the theme “Theatres of Revolution” from their perspectives as Latinas in theatre.
For a preview, check out their new blogalogue “Latinx Casting Manifesto” on tumblr: https://latinxcastingmanifesto.tumblr.com/
Quiara Alegría Hudes
Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her play Water By the Spoonful, Quiara Alegría Hudes also co-wrote the Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda. She is currently penning a memoir for One World/Random House, authoring a feature film for Sony Animation, and last season was one of the top-ten produced playwrights in the United States. Her musical Miss You Like Hell recently played an extended awards-nominated run at the Public Theater in New York. Together with her incarcerated cousin, Hudes created Emancipated Stories, an Instagram collection where over a hundred people behind bars have contributed one page of their life story.
Gabriela Sanchez, Founder and Managing Director of Power Street Theatre Company, has created a Womyn of Color-led multicultural theatre company with fellow artists, producing and starring in seven powerful new plays, script readings, open-mic events, and art for social change forums. Power Street Theatre Company is home to a collective of fierce, multicultural and multidisciplinary artists dedicated to the mission of empowering marginalized artists and communities of color throughout Philadelphia and beyond.A Philadelphia native, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Temple University. Gabriela was formerly the Director of Education at Norris Square Neighborhood Project and the former Cultural Enrichment and Facility Manager at Taller Puertorriqueño. For six years she worked for the Department of Recreation with Conflict Resolution Theater as an actress, teaching artist, and manager. Gabriela is a recipient of the Leeway Art and Change Grant (2016), GALAEI David Acosta Revolutionary Award (2017) and the Knight Foundation Emerging City Champions Fellowship (2018). Twitter: @powerstreet12; Facebook: @powerstreettheatre