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The Diane Rodriguez Teatrista Award

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About The Award

The Diane Rodriguez Teatrista Award, "The Diane," is the Latinx Theatre Commons' first award dedicated to an individual working in the theatre field who is committed to increasing Latinx representation across disciplines. With this award, the LTC aims to continue the legacy of Diane Rodriguez (1951-2020), an award-winning, multi-hyphenate theatre artist who tirelessly advocated for other artists and opened doors for future leaders in the field.

In a 2018 interview with the National Endowment for the Arts, Diane reflected, "I think that humor is the biggest weapon to change people’s minds.” Announcing this award at the 2022 LTC Comedy Carnaval honors Diane's own work in comedy through Latins Anonymous, Culture Clash, and her own plays.

The LTC will seek Latinx-identifying applicants who are nominated by peers and colleagues throughout the field, and award recipients will be selected by an appointed committee. With this approach, we aim to amplify Diane's spirit of generosity and her commitment to empowering fellow artists throughout her remarkable career. Diane Rodriguez served on the LTC's Advisory Committee for six years.

The Diane Rodriguez Teatrista Award recipient will receive a $5,000 unrestricted grant. Nominations for the 2023 award will open in Fall 2022.

Inaugural Recipient: Patricia Garza

Diane Rodriguez and Patricia Garza speaking at an event together (left) and a selfie of them smiling (right)

Patricia is the Producer and Director of Los Angeles Programs at Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) supporting the production and presentation of contemporary performance. Before joining LAPP, they served as the Director of Programs and Engagement at the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET). A former member of the artistic staff at Center Theatre Group (CTG) for over a decade, Patricia had the honor of working alongside CTG Associate Artistic Director Diane Rodriguez for six years. Together they engaged world-renowned international and local companies on multi-year projects focused on collective and ensemble creation.

The inaugural award recipient was selected by a group of seven nominators: Amelia Acosta Powell, Jacqueline Flores, Anne García-Romero, Lisa Portes, José Luis Valenzuela, Abigail Vega, and Karen Zacarías.

Apply for The Diane

The Diane Award Timeline:

  • January 9, 2023: Nominations open
  • March 13, 2023: Nominations close
  • Applicants will be notified of their standing July 1.

Nomination Process

  • Individuals may be nominated by peers and colleagues in the field. Individuals may not nominate themselves.
  • There will be a nomination form that may be submitted in written or video form. This will be available on this page January 9th.

Adjudication Process

  • The Selection panel will consist of 5 theatre professionals who serve on the LTC Steering and Advisory Committee.

 

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