The 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, an 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.

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) produced the 2018 LTC María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium on April 14, 2018. If you didn't make it to the Symposium, you can warch the livestream here!


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 Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago, from June 25 to July 3, 2018.

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 culminate in a public reading of selected scenes from workshop students by professional actors in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

The workshop will be coordinated by playwright Anne García-Romero, Associate Professor, in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, at the University of Notre Dame.

The 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop writers:

Oscar A. Cabrera

Taeyin ChoGlueck

Nikkita Duke

Cristina Frias

Nancy García Loza

Javier Luis Hurtado

Exal Iraheta

Julia Izumi

Georgina Leanse Escobar

Gregory S Moss

Marilo Nuñez

Jorge Rivera-Herrans

Mónica Sánchez

Juan Francisco Villa

Past National Fornés Events

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 

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

January 8 to February 12, 2017

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

See the Chicago Tribune review here!