Carlos Murillo at Adventure Stage

Playwright

Carlos Murillo is a playwright, director, and educator of Colombian and Puerto Rican descent. He is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. His plays have been produced widely throughout the US and internationally. They include Killing of a Gentleman Defender (commissioned by The Goodman Theatre), Your Name Will Follow You Home (World Premiere, Repertorio Español), Augusta and Noble (World Premiere, Adventure Stage), A Thick Description of Harry Smith (P73, commissioned by Berkeley Rep), Mayday Mayday Tuesday (World Premiere, The Theatre School at DePaul University, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons), Diagram of a Paper Airplane (Sundance Theatre Lab, commissioned by The Goodman), dark play or stories for boys (World Premiere, Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32 (World Premiere, Theatre @ Boston Court), Mimesophobia (NYC Summer Play Festival, commissioned by South Coast Rep), A Human Interest Story (World Premiere, Walkabout Theatre Chicago), Offspring of the Cold War (World Premiere, Walkabout Theatre, Chicago, commissioned by The Public Theatre) and Schadenfreude (World Premiere, Circle X, LA). He is currently working on the book for Havana Music Hall, a musical being developed by the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. His trilogy, The Javier Plays, will be published by 53rd State Press in April 2016. His other work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Playscripts. Awards include the Frederick Loewe Award from New Dramatists, the MetLife Nuestros Voces Award from Repertorio Español, the Otis Guernsey Award from The William Inge Theatre Festival, two National Latino Playwriting Award from Arizona Theatre Company, and The Ofner Prize from The Goodman Theatre. Carlos is an Associate Professor at The Theatre School of DePaul University where he heads the playwriting program. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists. Carlos is married to Lisa Portes and they live on the south side of Chicago with their two children, Eva and Carlitos. 

Theatre

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) creates and tells heroic stories about young people. ASC is one of several community-engaged programs of the Northwestern University Settlement House. Uniquely involving our West Town neighbors into the creation process, ASC’s original productions contain themes and ideas that are developed with input from community members. ASC also offers: the in-classroom arts residency program Neighborhood Bridges; Trailblazers, a youth mentoring program for ages 11-15; summer drama camps and drama instruction in Head Start. This is our 12th season.

How has this residency changed the theatre, and how has this residency changed the playwright? — March 2018

More from the Residency

Six Months In
Essay

Six Months In

Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s Residency at Adventure Stage

13 March 2017

Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and Playwright in Residency Carlos Murillo discuss how Carlos’ perspective has affected the company’s goals and operations.

Making Augusta and Noble
Essay

Making Augusta and Noble

Laying the Groundwork for a Residency

19 October 2016

Playwright Carlos Murillo writes about how he and Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis created an original play for and about the young people of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

Interview with playwright Carlos Murillo on The Javier Plays
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Interview with playwright Carlos Murillo on The Javier Plays

29 July 2016

Sarah Matusek talks to Playwright Carlos Murillo about his trilogy the Javier Plays, inspired by the life and work of the late Javier C.

Playwright Residency
Essay

Playwright Residency

Why Carlos Murillo? Why Adventure Stage?

29 July 2016

Tom Arvetis, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage in Chicago and playwright-in-residence Carlos Murillo discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.