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From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa, Virginia Grise writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. Her play blu was the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award and was recently published by Yale University Press. Her other published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqu s titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). Virginia is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, the Playwrights? Center?s Jerome Fellowship, the Loft Literary Center?s Spoken Word Fellowship, and Pregones Theatre?s Asuncion Award for Queer Playwriting. She is a Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab Alum & a Time Warner Fellow Alum at the Women's Project Theatre Lab. Her work has been produced, commissioned and/or developed at the Alliance Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Bihl Haus Arts, Company of Angels, Cornerstone Theatre, Highways Performance Space, Playwright?s Center, Pregones Theatre, REDCAT, Victory Gardens, Women?s Project and Yale Repertory Theatre. In addition to showing people her panza in college classrooms, cafeterias and conference halls all across the nation, she has also performed both nationally and internationally at venues including the Jose Marti Catedra in Havana, Cuba and the University of Butare in Rwanda, Africa. As a curator, artist and activist she has facilitated organizing efforts amongst women, immigrant, Chicano, working class and queer youth. Virginia has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers, women?s prisons and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts.

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PUBLIC OBSCENITIES Extends for a Second and Final Time at Soho Rep

Soho Rep and the NAATCO National Partnership Project have announced a one-week final extension of the world premiere production of Public Obscenities. See how to purchase tickets!

World Premiere of PUBLIC OBSCENITIES Extends at Soho Rep

Soho Rep and the NAATCO National Partnership Project have announced a two-week extension of the world premiere production of Public Obscenities, a bilingual play performed in Bangla and English from writer-director Shayok Misha Chowdhury, co-commissioned and produced by the two organizations.

Making Space At The Armory Releases Full Schedule Of Public Events For SYMPOSIUM: SOUND & COLOR �" THE FUTURE OF RACE IN DESIGN

Park Avenue Armory announces the full schedule of public events Symposium: Sound & Color - The Future of Race in Design, an interdisciplinary forum exploring how race matters in creative design for live performance, especially in the current moment of creative, technological, and cultural unrest.

Playwright Shayok Misha Chowdhury Receives 2022 Mark O'Donnell Prize

The Entertainment Community Fund and Playwrights Horizons announced that New York City playwright Shayok Misha Chowdhury is the 2022 recipient of The Mark O’Donnell Prize, an annual prize presented to an emerging theater artist in recognition of her or his talent and promise.

Cygnet Theatre Announces The Cast And Creative Team Of EL HURACÁN

Cygnet Theatre has announced the cast and creative team of El Huracán by Acadamy Award-winning playwright Charise Castro Smith (Encanto).

World Premiere of Bangla/English Bilingual Play PUBLIC OBSCENITIES to be Presented at Soho Rep in February

Soho Rep and the NAATCO National Partnership Project will present Public Obscenities, a bilingual play performed in Bangla and English from writer-director Shayok Misha Chowdhury, co-commissioned and produced by the two organizations, February 15-March 26, 2023.

Adriana Gaviria Appointed Co-Artistic Director of The Sol Project

Adriana Gaviria will join Jacob G. Padrón as co-Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Gaviria will assume the new role beginning December 12, 2022. 

JACK Launches 2022 Performance Festival RADICAL ACTS

After a thrilling inaugural festival in 2021, JACK returns to its DIY roots for their annual performance festival: Radical Acts. From November 9 - 19 JACK will be home to all things radical — radical joy, radical mayhem, radical vulnerability, and radical confrontations with today's pressing issues.

Photos: Yale Drama Series Prize Winner JAR OF FAT Receives Staged Reading at the Drama Book Shop

Last night, Seayoung Yim’s Jar of Fat, the 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize Winner, received a staged reading at New York City’s Drama Book Shop.  The event was presided over by the playwright David Hare, and Artistic Director of the Flea Theatre Niegel Smith. See photos here!

Yale Drama Series Prize Winner JAR OF FAT to Receive Staged Reading at the Drama Book Shop

Seayoung Yim’s Jar of Fat, the 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize Winner, will receive a staged reading at New York City’s Drama Book Shop on Monday, October 24th. The reading will be directed by Aileen Wen McGroddy and will feature Zoe Kim, Narea Kang, Annie Yim, Christina Liang, Ina Chang, and more.

REDCAT Announces Its Fall 2022 Season

Continuing a full year of live performance and art, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts presents a fresh slate of dynamic and innovative performances, screenings, and exhibitions, both in person and online – September through December 2022.

Jeremy O. Harris Announced as Next Presiding Playwright for 2023 Yale Drama Series Prize

The 2023 Yale Drama Series Prize has chosen Jeremy O. Harris, the Yale alum and Tony-nominated author of Slave Play, as the presiding playwright for its landmark 15th anniversary year. As his first order of business, Harris is assembling an international group of readers to help evaluate submissions as part of a larger effort to infuse the process with a more global point-of-view.

JAR OF FAT by Seayoung Yim Announced as Winner of 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize

The 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize, one of the theater world’s most prestigious playwriting prizes, will be awarded to Seayoung Yim for her play Jar of Fat.

Inaugural Short List Announced for 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize

The 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize, one of the theatre world’s most prestigious playwriting prizes, announced today the eight plays chosen for its first-ever Short List.

Cara Mía Theatre's 2021-2022 Season Bridges Dallas Artists With Latinx And BIPOC Theatre Leaders And Activists 

Announcing the upcoming theatrical season, “Seeds of  Transformation”, Cara Mía Theatre continues to reimagine what a theatre can be by  establishing deeper connections with diverse Dallas artists, audiences and neighborhoods. 

19th Annual Black And Latino Playwrights Celebration To Host Tribute To José Rivera

Playwright José Rivera will be the subject of a career tribute during the 19th annual Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration, Aug. 30-Sept. 5 at Texas State University.

2021 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Award and Scholarship Recipients Announced

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the national awardees of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which was held virtually in convenings for each discipline that began on March 8, 2021 and continued through May 22, 2021.

Rachel Lynett's APOLOGIES TO LORRAINE HANSBERRY (YOU TOO AUGUST WILSON) Wins 14th Annual Yale Drama Series Prize

This year the Yale Drama Series Prize once again saw a robust and talented group of applicants dedicated to writing for the theater, receiving over 2050 submissions from 60 countries.

Virtual Theatre Today: Wednesday, February 24- with Laura Bell Bundy, Victoria Clark and More!

Today (February 24) in live streaming: Stars in the House celebrates William Finn's Birthday, Laura Bell Bundy on Backstage Live, and more!

New York Theatre Workshop Announces February and March Programming

New York Theatre Workshop announced today programming for the months of February & March, including Hilton Als Presents by Artistic Instigator & Pulitzer Prize winner Hilton Als; a benefit reading of For Which It Stands by Lee Edward Colston II; and Open Office Hours, a new NYTW pilot program; as well as free Virtual Programming events.

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