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) is proud to announce the 2018 LTC María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium!

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. If you can't make it to the Symposium, you can livestream it here!


June 25 to July 3, 2018

224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


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, Associate Professor, in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, at the University of Notre Dame.

Submission Deadline: April 23, 2018 by 11:59PM EST

Workshop participants will be announced by May 15, 2018

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 The document must have your last name in the file name (i.e. lastname.fpw18)
    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 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop.

For more information, please contact Lucas Garcia at

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!