2018 LTC Fornés Institute Symposium

The 2018 LTC Maria Irene Fornés Symposium, part of entire weekend of  Fornés-related events, convened an intergenerational community of artists, students, and academics on Saturday 14 April 2018 for a day of vigorous Fornés-inspired creativity, conversation, and conviviality. In the spirit of a family reunion, this event gathered 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 was proudly produced in partnership with Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts, along with other events happening 12-15 April 2018. Watch the archival video of the Saturday Symposium here.

Thursday 12 April 2018

Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera delivers the James Baldwin Lecture  

4:30 p.m. EDT

Friday 13 April 2018

Conversation with Migdalia Cruz and Mac Wellman 

4:30 p.m. EDT

Saturday 14 April 2018

LTC Symposium Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m. EDT


Legacy Installation Opens

9:00 a.m. EDT


Opening Ceremonies

10:00 a.m. EDT


Plenary Session 1 

10:30 a.m. EDT


Interlude 1 

11:00 a.m. EDT


Grab and Go Lunch 

1:00 p.m. EDT


Interlude 2  

2:00 p.m. EDT


Plenary Session 2 

4:00 p.m. EDT


Plenary Session 2 

4:00 p.m. EDT


Closing Ceremony 

5:30 p.m. EDT



6:00 p.m. EDT


Legacy Installation and Book ExhibitIons Close

6:30 p.m. EDT


I am in 5th grade, you are in Kindergarten — Two short plays in honor of Maria Irene Fornés 

  • Fnu Lnu by Mac Wellman

  • Miaou: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You by Migdalia Cruz

8:00 p.m. EDT


Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornés 

8:00 p.m. EDT

Sunday 15 April: NYU Colloquium (New York, NY)

On Sunday 15 April 2018, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts presented a Colloquium on María Irene Fornés. The NYU Fornés Colloquium featured 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 gathered 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.  

The 2018 LTC Fornés Institute Symposium was 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 served 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.