Tlaloc Rivas presented Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour with Alvaro Saar Rios livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 20 April 2020 at 3pm EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).
Latinx Superfriends Playwriting Hour is a 5-week Latinx-led playwriting series featuring writers/theatremakers from across the U.S. to share writing practices, experiences, and insightful anecdotes of practice, process, and inspiration, featuring Tlaloc Rivas, Alvaro Saar Rios, Christina Quintana, Georgina Escobar, and José Rivera.
Each week one playwright will each bring their own views on how to write dramatic texts, offering tips and prompts via their own particular social consciousness, approaches to theatrical style and form, and how to communicate to your intended audiences. The series is intended for aspiring writers, students of dramatic writing, or for anyone interested creating thoughtful, visceral, and unique blueprints for performance, whether for the stage, screen or other media.
Tlaloc Rivas (curator) and Thea Rodgers (moderator) will be online via HowlRound during each Monday session.
Alvaro Saar Rios' plays have been performed in New York City, Hawaii, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. Rios has received playwriting commissions from various organizations, including The Alley Theatre(TX), Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Milwaukee's First Stage. His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. He is a veteran of the US Army and co-founder of The Royal Mexican Players, a national touring performance troupe. Mr. Rios holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University and teaches playwriting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Originally from Texas, Alvaro lives in Chicago and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Last year, he was named Playwright-In-Residence at Milwaukee's First Stage.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING 'LATINX SUPERFRIENDS PLAYWRITING HOUR'
Each session will be one hour. Each program will be livestreamed via Zoom sessions and the HowlRound livestream. The general format will be that each playwright will spend the first half of each session taking you through writing exercises, prompts, etc. and during the second half will answer any questions the online Zoom audience and online social audience might have regarding their own work and their own creative process (format is also subject to change because each writer is unique!). Please note: due to the nature of the session, each playwright will focus on answering questions about being a writer and the writing process and will not be offering critiques on any written work.
Want to join the Zoom call? SIGN UP HERE:
Click the links below to sign up to be included on the zoom call for each session.
- Monday 20 April: Alvaro Saar Rios (Chicago)
- Monday 27 April: Christina Quintana (New York City)
- Monday 4 May: Georgina Escobar (El Paso)
- Monday 11 May: José Rivera (Los Angeles)
*Please note: Joining the Zoom session means that we will be able to see your face and hear your voice in the zoom conversation and in the live stream. Space in the Zoom class is limited and subject to availability.