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Tlaloc Rivas

Tlaloc Rivas is a stage director, playwright, and a co-founder of the Latina/o/x Theatre Commons. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an Associate Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers - from which he received the Sir John Gielgud Award in Classical Directing. Playwriting credits include: Johanna: Facing Forward, Byzantine, and the upcoming Anthem to Aztlàn. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Iowa and holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz and The University of Washington School of Drama. www.TlalocRivas.com

Medicine for Melancholy
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Medicine for Melancholy

Letter to the Latinx actor living in Chicago

9 August 2016

Following a series of casting controversies in Chicago, Tlaloc Rivas offers counsel and perspective to Latinx actors while calling out theatres that practice whitewashing.

Directing Diverse Worlds
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Directing Diverse Worlds

An Interview with Tlaloc Rivas

22 August 2014

As a Chicano director and writer, I am inspired by my own culture—the influence of poetry and magical realism, the contradictions and collision of European and Indigenous cultures, the corridos and huapangos of home, the memories of sitting on the porch hearing my family’s stories, and my own ever-growing inquiry into the nature of storytelling—from the specific to the universal—all came to mind in the design of the play.

What Happened When Critics Failed to Review My Latino Play?
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What Happened When Critics Failed to Review My Latino Play?

30 April 2014

And although I’m proud of the production and of the nearly-all Latina/o creative team that gave Mariela en el Desierto an authentic voice, an issue arose as the last weekend of performances approached: No critics from the periodicals in the Atlanta area had attended or reviewed the show.

What is Cultural Appropriation
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What is Cultural Appropriation

Revisiting Peter Brook’s Mahabharata

6 February 2014

By allowing only a European/Western perspective to lead the artistic presentation of stories about class, race, and gender, are we continuing to allow those narratives to be appropriated, assimilated, or turned into the universal, etc. to the point of irrelevance? Perhaps in the attempt to distill a story to its essence there is a dilution that takes place at the hands of the dominant culture?

101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad
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101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad

25 November 2013

Emerging from the  Latina/o Theatre Commons is a list of plays everyone should have access to. This list helps start jumpstart the exploration of (but not define) Latina/o theatre.

The Moment
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The Moment

30 October 2013

This series on the Latina/o Theatre Commons explores the origins, journey, challenges and the future of Latina/o theater in America. This edition: Tlaloc Rivas remembers the moment he realized he was Chicano.

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Welcome to Café Onda!
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Welcome to Café Onda!

20 September 2013

Bienvenidos! We would like to welcome you to Café Onda, an online gathering space in partnership with HowlRound that will feature regular content of the Latino/a Theatre Commons.

In Search of the Artistic Home
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In Search of the Artistic Home

16 May 2012

Jamie Gahlon has asked theatre artists from around the country to talk about their personal search for an artistic home. Tlaloc Rivas continues this series.