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David Valdes

David Valdes (he/him/his) is a Cuban-American playwright interested in stories of personal identity, especially global majority 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's written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Medium, and Huffington Post, and is the author of multiple books. He teaches playwriting at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as English at Tufts University.

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Casting a Wider Net
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Casting a Wider Net

White Institutions Must Seize the Moment

5 August 2020

David Valdes shares the main excuses theatres give when not programming shows created by and with BIPOC artists, how moving to online theatre offers new opportunities, and what the benefits are of making change.

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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.