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David Valdes

David Valdes is a Cuban-American playwright interested in stories of personal identity, especially POC and LGBTQ experiences.

David Valdes is a Boston-area playwright. His play The Mermaid Hour received a Rolling World Premiere from the National New Play Network with productions coast to coast. Other productions include The Last Catastrophist, Full Code, Wandaleria, Raggedy And, Bully Dance, Widow of Abraham, Brave Navigator, and mutliple shorts. Recent work includes Up the Ladder, Down the Slide, featured in Orlando Play Fest and the National New Play Showcase, and Downtown Crossing, the result of two years of interviews with Boston immigrant communities. He teaches playwriting at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and English at Tufts University.

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Beyond “Decolonizing” the Syllabus
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Beyond “Decolonizing” the Syllabus

Finding a Path to Anti-Racist, Actively Inclusive Theatre Education

12 February 2020

David Valdes talks about Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s work to shift their theatre department into a more truly equitable program, why using the right language matters in the process, and tips for individuals and institutions looking to be actively inclusive.

Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead
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Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead

14 February 2018

Playwright David Valdes Greenwood discusses the importance of writing more diverse and intersectional characters, and reflects on the conundrum of “color conscious” casting.