2018 LTC Fornés Institute Symposium

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) is proud to announce the 2018 LTC María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium! If you can't make it to Princeton, livestream the Symposium here.

This LTC Symposium, part of entire weekend of  Fornés-related events, will convene an intergenerational community of artists, students, and academics on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for a day of vigorous Fornés-inspired creativity, conversation, and conviviality. In the spirit of a family reunion, this event will gather Irene's students and collaborators, as well as artists and scholars who have been inspired by her, to celebrate her living legacy and collaboratively document her enduring impact. This event is proudly produced in partnership with Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts, along with other events happening April 12-15.


THURSDAY, APRIL 12: James Baldwin Lecture (Princeton, NJ)

Assistant Professor of Theater at Princeton Brian Herrera delivers the annual James Baldwin Lecture | Princeton University (Livestreamed on HowlRound TV; open to public)

FRIDAY, APRIL 13: Post Show Conversation (Princeton, NJ)

Conversations with Migdalia Cruz and Mac Wellman | Princeton University (Livestreamed on HowlRound TV; open to public)

SATURDAY, APRIL 14: LTC Symposium (Princeton, NJ)

9 AM:  Breakfast Buffet | Forum, Lewis Arts complex

9 AM:  Legacy installation opens

10 AM:  Opening Ceremony | Forum, Lewis Arts complex (Livestreamed on HowlRound TV; open to public)

10:30 AM:  Plenary Session 1 | Forum, Lewis Arts complex (Livestreamed on HowlRound TV; open to public)

11 AM:  Interlude 1 | Lewis Arts complex (by registration only)

1 PM:  Grab and Go Lunch | Forum, Lewis Arts complex

1 PM:  Book Exhibition opens

2 PM:  Interlude 2 | Lewis Arts complex (by registration only)

4 PM:  Plenary Session 2 | Forum, Lewis Arts complex (Livestreamed on HowlRound TV; open to public)

5:30 PM:  Closing Ceremony | Forum, Lewis Arts complex (Livestreamed on HowlRound TV; open to public)

6 PM:  Dinner | Princeton University campus

6:30 PM:  Legacy Installation and Book Exhibitons close

8 PM:  I am in 5th grade, you are in Kindergarten — Two short plays in honor of Maria Irene Fornés | Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

  • Fnu Lnu by Mac Wellman
  • Miaou-Wow-Wow: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You by Migdalia Cruz
  • Ticketed events

8 PM:  Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornés | Maclean House

SUNDAY, APRIL 15: NYU Colloquium (New York, NY)

In addition, the LTC is proud to lift up another exciting gathering in New York City. On Sunday, April 15, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will present a Colloquium on María Irene Fornés. The NYU Fornés Colloquium will feature a panel of experts on Fornés, a roundtable of women directors discussing the influence of Fornés’ directorial work, and a concert reading of Fornés’s musical Promenade. This constellation of events aims to gather Fornés’s students and collaborators — as well as those who have been inspired by her — to deepen understanding of her work and her methods, to document her enduring impact, and to extend her living legacy into the twenty-first century. For a detailed listing of the events hosted at New York University, click hereTo register for the NYU Fornés Colloquium, click here

The 2018 LTC Fornés Institute Symposium will be the first formal gathering of the Fornés Institute, which works inside of the LTC to preserve and archive Maria Irene Fornés’s legacy as a teacher, mentor and artist. This symposium will serve as both an opportunity for scholarship about the work and legacy of Maria Irene Fornés to be highlighted as well as a place for scholars, teachers, and practitioners to gather and learn more about this seminal Cuban American playwright and teacher. We believe that Maria Irene Fornés’ impact on Latinx Theatre, and the American Theatre at large, to be as great as other giants of our field, and we refuse to allow her legacy to be passed over by selective history and normative gatekeepers. We hope that by promoting her long list of achievements, advocating for her work to be taught in the university setting, and enlightening the field of her numerous students and their successes, we will be doing our part to ensure that her legacy is remembered for generations to come.