The Fornés Institute

The María Irene Fornés Institute

The LTC is committed to preserving and forwarding the legacy of María Irene Fornés. We'll regularly update this page to highlight Fornés-related news and updates on the development of the LTC's Fornés Institute.

The Fornés Institute, a new LTC initiative,  preserves and archives  María Irene Fornés’s legacy as a teacher, mentor and artist, through workshops, convenings and advocacy. The initiative espouses future plans for a permanent retreat/gathering space/library.

2017 National Fornés Events

Stage Left and Cor Theatre, Chicago, IL

January 8 to February 12, 2017

What of the Night?, directed by Carlo Murrillo at Theatre Wit

See the Chicago Tribune review here!

 

Hero Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

June 8 through June 25, 2017

The Conduct of Life, directed by José Luis Valenzuela at The Rosenthal Theater at Inner City Arts 

 

Festival Irene, produced by Hero Theatre and New York University

November 2017

See the Broadway World Article Here!

 

FORNÉS PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP

July 7 to 14, 2017

224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is seeking writers to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of award-winning playwright Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago.

Fornés is considered by many to be the “founding mother” of U.S. Latinx theatre, and the Fornés Playwriting Workshop will impart her playwriting methods to participants as they immerse themselves in her legacy over the course of one week.

Led by award-winning playwright and Fornés protégée Migdalia Cruz, an alumna of Fornés’s Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Laboratory at INTAR, the workshop will meet for four hours each day and will culminate in a public reading of selected scenes from workshop students by professional actors in Chicago.

Each selected writer will attend the workshop free of charge and will receive a $250 stipend to help with travel and lodging costs while attending. For those living outside the Chicago area, the workshop will assist in locating reasonably priced lodging.

The workshop will be coordinated by playwright Anne García-Romero, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor, in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, at the University of Notre Dame.

Submission Deadline: April 5, 2017 by 11:59 EST

Workshop participants will be announced: May 5, 2017

All applicants:

·      Must be 18 years of age or older.

·      Need to have some previous writing experience.

·      Must be available to attend the entire workshop, without exception.

To Apply:

·      Complete the online application found here.

·      Submit the following materials, in one PDF document, via email to fornesworkshop@gmail.com. The document must have your last name in the file name (i.e. lastname.fpw17)

1.     10 pages of creative writing (play, fiction, or poetry).

2.     A brief professional bio or one page resume.

3.     A brief Artist’s Statement [200 words max] that details your interest in participating in the Fornés Playwriting Workshop.

For more information, please contact Lucas Garcia at fornesworkshop@gmail.com

2016 National Fornés Events
 
HB Studios Production, New York City
February 11-21, 2016
Conduct of Life by María Irene Fornés, directed by George Bartenieff at HB Studios
 
February 21-29, 2016
Readings of Fefu and Her Friends, Conduct of Life, Mud, and Sarita, plus panel
 
No Passport Conference: Fornés Panel, New York City
March 14, 2016
Gallatin School, NYU
Panalists will include Cusi Cram, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Anne García-Romero
 
March 31-April 10, 2016, Los Angeles
The festival of readings of Fornés' plays will be held at the Rosenthal Theatre at Inner-City Arts.
 
May 3-June 12, 2016
The One Acts, Directed by Lila Neugebauer
Edward Albee's The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés' Drowning, Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro
 
Fornés Playwriting Workshop Reading, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago
August 10, 2016
Reading of work by 14 participants in the inaugural Fornés Playwriting Workshop, taught by Migdalia Cruz, coordinated by Anne García-Romero and sponsored by the University of Notre Dame
 
August 18 to October 8, 2016
Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés, Directed by Tony Adams, produced by Halcyon Theatre

FORNÉS PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is proud to announce the writers who have been selected to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of playwright María Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago, from August 3 to 10, 2016.

Led by playwright Migdalia Cruz, a Fornés protégée, the workshop will culminate in a public reading of selected scenes from workshop students by professional actors in Chicago.

The workshop will be coordinated by playwright Anne García-Romero, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor, in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, at the University of Notre Dame.

The 2016 Fornés Playwriting Workshop writers:

Taeyin ChoGlueck

Kristiana Rae Colón

Cusi Cram

Sandra Delgado

Lucas Garcia

Javier Luis Hurtado

Gregory S. Moss

Charlie O'Leary

Ryan Oliveira

Monica Palacios

Iraisa Ann Reilly

Jelisa Jay Robinson

Adriana Sevahn Nichols

Jean Carlo Yunen