2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work

On 19-21 July 2018, the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) welcomed artists, decision makers, and scholars from across the country to the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, produced in association with Teatro Vista and the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists  of Chicago (ALTA), and hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 

Carnaval 2018 built upon the success of the 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work by featuring readings of six new plays. Each featured  play—selected from a nationwide call—received development with a Latinx creative team including a director, dramaturg, actors, and four designers. Carnaval participants also had the chance to visit Chicago theatres for workshops, tours, and sessions with the aim of introducing national participants to the rich variety of Latinx companies and artists working in the city.

Check out the full list of featured artists in our press release from 11 June 2018, learn more about the thirty artists by reading the Featured Artist Bios, read about our Featured Designers and their innovative work at Carnaval, and check out all the HowlRound content on Carnaval 2018! For more on the 2015 LTC Carnaval, see our content on the HowlRound Journal.

2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work Schedule

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Carnaval Check In

9 AM - 11 AM


LTC First Time Conveners Session

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Opening Ceremonies 

11 AM - 12:30 PM


Lunch Break in Small Groups

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Shoe by Marisela Trevino Orta, directed by Ricardo Gutierrez

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Artistic Conversation featuring the team of Shoe

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM


Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer, directed by Rebecca Martínez

4:30 PM - 6 PM


Artistic Conversation featuring the team of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

6 PM - 6:45 PM


Noche Victoria Opening Night Party 

8 PM - 10 PM

Friday, 20 July 2018

Cafecito: Voice and Dialect Aesthetics of Latinx Plays

9 AM -10 AM 


Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz, directed by Denise Yvette Serna

10 AM - 11:40 AM


Artistic Conversation featuring the team of Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally

11:40 PM - 12:25 PM


Mixed Affinity Space Lunch 

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM


Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM


Milton, MI by Paz Pardo, directed by Diane Rodriguez

2 PM - 3:30 PM


Artistic Conversation featuring the team of Milton, MI

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM


My Father’s Keeper by Guadalís Del Carmen, directed by David Mendizábal

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


"Las Sandras" Chicago Performance Events

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Chicago Latinx Theatres Site Visits 

10 AM - 12 PM


Site Visit Lunch

12 PM - 1:15 PM


Travel Back to DePaul on Shuttle Bus

1:15 PM - 2 PM


Artistic Conversation featuring the team of My Father's Keeper

2 PM - 2:30 PM


Conexíon Convening Session

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Killing of a Gentleman Defender by Carlos Murillo, directed by Michael John Garcés

4 PM - 6 PM


Artistic Conversation featuring the team of Killing of a Gentleman Defender 

6 PM - 6:45 PM


Closing Night Party, featuring Las Bompleñeras

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

The 2018 LTC Carnaval Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee for the 2018 LTC Carnaval was made up of an amazing array of theatremakers representing the country and the Chicago area. We were and are honored by their support for our convening:

Will Davis, Artistic Director, American Theater Company
Sandra Delgado, Playwright/Performer
Joseph Haj, Artistic Director, Guthrie Theater
Naomi Iizuka, Playwright
Maria López de León, President & CEO, NALAC
Richard Montoya, Co-Founder and Ensemble Member, Culture Clash
Mildred Ruiz, Co-Founder and Ensemble Member, Universes 
Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre
Liesl Tommy, Director 
Luis Valdez, Founder, El Teatro Campesino 
Chay Yew, Artistic Director, Victory Gardens Theater