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James Bruenger-Arreguin, Kathleen Capdesuñer, and Ana Luz Zambrana have been chosen for The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships.

Fellows will develop their craft by directing two productions in the summers of 2022 and 2023.

Three emerging, talented, and ambitious directors will have their artistic vision showcased at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theatre, taking the opportunity of using Repertorio’s artistic and technical resources while working alongside Repertorio’s staff and Company. The first production premieres on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Through The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships, funded Repertorio provides professional development opportunities, and cultivates and mentors emerging Latinx/Latine directors living in New York City (ages 18-30) and gives the directors the opportunity to mount a professional production at Repertorio.



James Bruenger-Arreguin

James Bruenger-Arreguin: Born in Los Cabos, Mexico, raised in Denver, CO, James is an NYC-based Latinx/Latine director and producer currently working at the Creative Development office at Disney Theatrical Group. He has worked and collaborated with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Aspen, The 24 Hour Plays, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (Associate Artistic Director). Recent Credits: Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center: Guadalupe in the Guest Room and To Slay the Dragon. SCRT: The Last Five Years (Director), Evita (Director/Choreographer) Fly by Night (Choreographer), University of the Arts: Pop The Musical Exhibition (Director), and Momentos (Director). BFA in Directing, Playwriting + Production from the University of the Arts.

“The Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español is a one-of-a-kind gift to the next generation of Latinx artists. The fellowship invites us to join an artistic home and community in which we are asked to investigate our creative voice and aesthetics over two summers. My belief is that directing theatre is all about participation and crafting an empowered space where artists can create freely. I am honored to be in this cohort and am thrilled by the opportunity to build at an institution whose mission is to celebrate Latinx culture and the Spanish language through live performance.”


Kathleen Capdesuñer

Kathleen Capdesuñer [she/her] is a Florida grown, immigrant raised, Cuban-American director, producer and generative artist working in theatre and film. Kathleen is a fiercely generous collaborator who leads democratized modes of creation to decolonize the current artistic canon. Kathleen is an alum of: The Roundabout Directing Fellowship, The Civilians R&D Group, MTC John Alper Directing Fellowship, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and McCarter Theatre Center Directing Apprenticeship. She’s also developed and directed work with: Roundabout, Atlantic Theatre Company, Yale, EST, Noor Theatre, Columbia, Teatro LATEA, Moxie Arts New York, McCarter Theatre, NYU, and internationally in the Fringe Festival circuit.

“It is an honor to join Repertorio Español as a Van Lier Fellow. I am excited to delve into two distinct and vital plays in the Latinx canon and bring it to life through a modern feminist lens.”


Ana Luz Zanabria
(Ella/Her) is a Puerto Rican actor, director, and critic. She received her BFA at UCF with a minor in Humanities, training as well at: Atlantic Co, BADA at Oxford University, and SBIFF. She is a SDC Directing Fellow, a Kennedy Center Directing Initiative alum, and a participant of Jose Solís’s BIPOC Critic Lab. She is currently a member of the “Did They Like It?” Cohort and a Latiné Musical Theatre Lab Associate. Growing up as a Boricua in South Dakota —with her media diet ranging from Rebelde to The Lizzie McGuire Movie— sparked her need to create stories that explore the diasporic experience of POC in our world.

“Being a Van Lier fellow gives me a platform to explore the diasporic life of latinidad in contemporary and classic Spanish works. Hoy día you can be latiné but grow up in South Dakota —just like I did— but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t grow up eating mofongo or listening to Olga Tañón. This fellowship is allowing not only room but support in exploring the growing intersections of our cultura. Me toca el alma que vieron mi mente “gringa” y dijeron que eso todavía es ser Latina.”

A public charity, The Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City and its suburbs. We bring together individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to build a better community and support nonprofits that make a difference. We apply knowledge, creativity, and resources to the most challenging issues in an effort to ensure meaningful opportunities and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, today and tomorrow.

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Repertorio Español announces the finalists of The 2022 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx/Latine plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx/Latine experience by playwrights of all racial and national backgrounds. After receiving over 150 scripts written in either English or Spanish by emerging playwrights from across the United States and Puerto Rico, the company will present staged readings of the five finalists. All readings will be free to the public community and will be presented from June 14th to June 28th.

The winners will be announced in the Fall:
Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
2 Runners up $500


By Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias
Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm

Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias (1)

Directed by Carlos Armesto
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias is a Puerto Rican Neurologist at the University of Minnesota, has lived in Twin Cities for 25 years, done research, published in journals and five books- three novels and, two poems; The Chrysalis is his first play. He is interested in Puerto Rican diaspora issues, is a grandfather of five, and has an active lifestyle with community work, writing and is the founder of a cultural organization’ Fidecomiso de la Familia Fiol- in his native hometown, Ponce.

About The Chrysalis: The Chrysalis brings to life the dreams of a Puerto Rican family struggling to survive identities pulling them apart. In 1980s Puerto Rico, the AIDS epidemic has struck fear throughout the southern city of Ponce and the island and Raul, as he comes out to his family, discovers the secret gay love affair of his deceased grandfather whose spirit then come to his help.


By Yessi Hernández
Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm

Yessi Hernández Writer

Directed by Pablo Andrade
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Venezuelan actress, writer, producer, and journalist of Cuban and Spanish descent. TV host of the prime-time show Soy Un Boom and voice of the radio stations Hot94.1FM and 88.1FM. Co-founder and Executive Director of Corezon and editor-in-chief of La Guía Cultural in New York. She is recipient of HOLA, Latin ACE, ATI, Arte, Talía and Latin Alternative Theater Awards as an actress and playwright.

About Las vidas rotas: A Venezuelan immigrant makes her way in the United States in search of a better future and a dream: to bring her mother in the midst of one of the most controversial governments in history.


By Rachel Lynett
Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm

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Directed by Kimberly Ramírez
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Rachel Lynett (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latine playwright, producer, and teaching artist. Their play, White People by the Lake was a 2022 Blue Ink Award finalist. Lynett is also the 2021 recipient of the Yale Drama Prize for their play, Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson), and the 2021 recipient of the National Latinx Playwriting award for their play, Black Mexican.

About Black Mexican: Who gets to be a part of Latinidad? While Valery fights to prove Ximena isn’t Cuban, Alia has given up fighting that she is Latine. As the women in this play discover the truth about themselves and each other, they also have to face the internal bias that allowed a white woman to be Cuban but didn’t allow a Belizean to call herself Latine.



By Karina Curet
Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm


Directed by Gerardo Gudiño
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is a graduate student at the NYU Grad Acting Program. Has worked as an actor, Shakespeare and audition coach for teenagers and college students, casting assistant and playwright. NYU credits include: Three Sisters, The Tempest, and Learned Ladies of Park Avenue. SUNY Purchase credits include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Museum, Inspector General, and Blood Wedding.

About Agua por todas partes: Three siblings meet at their late mother’s house to pack up and clean before handing it over to the new owners. In doing so, they discuss a big part of their inheritance. Everyone has different ambitions: Mario wants to develop restaurants, Marcos wants to grow his own food, and Marina doesn’t even know if she’s staying in Puerto Rico anymore. While unboxing a childhood that unites them, they also unearth their resentments towards each other and end up with a truth that’s making them drown: they are grieving their mother’s death and don’t know how to deal with it.


By Andrés Correa Guatarasma
Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00 pm


Directed by Yolanny Rodríguez Torres
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Venezuelan-born journalist and playwright, has covered news from more than 25 countries. Graduated Cum Laude in Social Communications, with a MA in Foreign Affairs. Has written for El Universal, AP/Associated Press, Agencia EFE, and El Diario NY. He belongs to the NY Foreign Press Center, HFPA, International Federation of Journalists, Dramatists Guild of America, and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, branch of “Real Academia Española” (RAE). Bilingual writer, five times finalist in Repertorio Español’s contests. Collaborator of Sundance Institute (Theater Lab Selection Reader) and NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

About Vistiendo santos: After an incident with her husband, Lulú flees from Texas to Santo Domingo, facing a long to-do-list with her family. Nothing has changed in her country, or has it? The reunion with her cousin Noelia contrasts the myths of “the American dream,” while Lulú yearns for a new life that would allow her to comfortably combine the best of both cultures: the Caribbean and USA.


For over 40 years, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have championed community activism, viewing philanthropy as a three-pronged approach through giving, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Along with Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel, Miguel Towns, and their respective spouses, Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, they have created and supported institutions focused on underserved populations in Upper Manhattan, communities throughout NYC, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

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Repertorio to honor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family at Annual Gala

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On Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, at 6 pm, Repertorio Español will honor Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda family during the celebration of its 54th season. The evening will begin with a reception at Guastavino’s (409 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022), followed by dinner, remarks, entertainment, and dancing with a live band. The company is thrilled that the songwriter, actor, and director Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, including his father, the philanthropist, political strategist, and community advocate, Luis A. Miranda Jr. will be in attendance. Their unwavering support for Repertorio and their tireless contributions to underserved communities over many years will be commemorated on this most special occasion.

Additionally, the Company and Board members will pay tribute to Repertorio’s Executive Producer Emeritus, Robert Federico for leading and helping establish Repertorio at the forefront of Latinx/Latine theater in America for five decades.

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Repertorio’s education program, ¡Dignidad!, a program that makes possible for over 16,000 students with limited access to the arts to experience live theatre, theatre that uplifts and instills cultural pride, and reflects the experiences of Latinx/Latine students – many for the very first time. ¡Dignidad!, also provides the opportunity to some 1,000 students in different NYC schools to become active participants in making theatre, learning, exploring, and finding their own creativity.

For over 40 years, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have championed community activism, viewing philanthropy as a three-pronged approach through giving, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Along with Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel, Miguel Towns, and their respective spouses, Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, they have created and supported institutions focused on underserved populations in Upper Manhattan, communities throughout NYC, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

On September 14th, 1970, through a mutual friend, Robert Federico was introduced to Gilberto Zaldívar, René Buch, and Repertorio Español for the first time. In 1971, Robert designed his first production for the Company, and in 1972, became associated full-time with the Company when it relocated to its present location at the Gramercy Arts Theatre.

During the fifty years at Repertorio, Robert designed sets, lights, and costumes for over 100 productions; toured with the Company to 30 states and 15 countries; became involved in fund-raising, strategic planning, and audience development; initiated a playwriting competition and a young director’s project; and developed “Dignidad” expanding Repertorio’s service to teachers and students at the theater as well as in the classroom.

His proudest achievements include producing the works of contemporary Latina playwrights; bringing theatre in Spanish to over 800,000 students in the course of his tenure; and continuing the dynamic quality of the mission when in 2005 Repertorio’s Board of Directors appointed Robert as the Executive Producer.

Robert: “Working/living at Repertorio for 50 years has been both an honor and a joy; I am not sure which I feel greater. I would not want my life any other way!”

In 2021, Robert retired so that a new generation could experience the same joy and honor.

Andrew & Kathy Thomas, Mariana Núñez Sabater & Juan Sabater, María Cristina Anzola & John Heimann, Manuela Arnal & Luis Paz-Galindo, Laura Blanco, Laura Brillembourg-Osio & Miguel Osio, Adam Dayan, Esq., Daisy Expósito-Ulla & Jorge Ulla, Daniel & Rebecca Flores, Horacio & Julia Herzberg, Carlos López-Oña, Francisco J. Martínez-Colón, Hollace L. Roe Mejer & Ernesto Mejer, Felinda Mottino, Javier Rodríguez, Agustín Romo Calvo, Anita Sibony de Adelsberg, Roger Thomas, Esq. & Sava Thomas, Alfred & Nora Torres, Pedro & Cecilia Torres, Alfred & Nora Torres, Pedro & Cecilia Torres and Christiane Macedo.

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Individual tickets are: $1,000

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Rene Buch

Now that it is possible, Repertorio Español is honored to host a memorial service at its resident theatre, the Gramercy Arts at 138 East 27th Street, for its Founding Artistic Director René Buch on the eve of his birthdate, December 18th, 2021. René, who passed during the beginning of the Covid crisis on April 19th, 2020, was the Artistic Director of Repertorio from its founding in 1968 until his passing. The Company thanks Isabel Segovia, Luis Carlos De La Lombana, Zulema Clares, Leyma López, Rafa Sánchez and Pablo Zinger for their participation. Repertorio welcomes all friends of René, but it will be necessary that people show their vaccination status and wear masks. Contributions can be made to Repertorio Español’s Founders’ Endowment Fund.

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Born on December 19, 1925, in the city of Santiago, Cuba, Buch went on to receive a doctorate in law from Universidad de La Habana in 1948. The forties were an important period for theater in Cuba when world-class artists took refuge in La Habana during World War II. Buch was inspired to write his own theater work after being in the audience for every production by French playwright and director Louis Jouvet (1887-1951). Jouvet could not return to his native France at the time because of the war and he continued to work in Cuba, indirectly motivating a young Buch. At the age of twenty, Buch won the National Prize from Patronato del Teatro after entering his first playwriting competition with Del agua de la vida [From the Waters of Life.] This play marked a new era for Buch; he earned support from the organization Pro Arte de Oriente, and under its auspices, founded Acción Teatral de Actores to produce new Cuban theater.

In 1949, he enrolled in the Yale Drama School and taught Spanish language and literature while pursuing his MFA. After graduating, he was Associate Editor for the Arts at Visión magazine and, simultaneously, Editor of the cultural section at El Diario La Prensa. He was then editor for the Spanish edition of the Journal of the United Nations. Buch later became head of Spanish creative copy for J. Walter Thompson as well as book editor for Reader’s Digest.

By 1968, Buch was back in the theater with La dama duende, which earned him awards for Best Director and Best Work in Spanish by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE). The company began in its mission to produce canonical theater in Spanish as well as works translated into Spanish. Under Buch’s direction, Repertorio established a collaborative acting ensemble, where actors would rotate between different plays. His vision led Repertorio to great success, including national and international tours of the company’s multiple productions.

Buch worked his way through an impressive array of theater works, ranging from 17th-century classics to new Latinx theater. Notably, Buch directed canonical works from Golden Age masters as well as the New York premieres of a remarkable display of contemporary theater in Spanish. Buch’s prolific work as a director includes productions for CSC and the Pearl Theater in Manhattan, The Milwaukee Rep, Albany’s Capital Rep, La Compañía de Albuquerque, Washington’s Folger Theatre, the Oregon’s Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and The Old Globe in San Diego. For the musical stage, he directed zarzuelas and some of Repertorio’s greatest musical anthologies, making music part of his vision for the company’s artistic legacy.

His impressive talents made him a visionary, and numerous awards serve as a tribute to his craft. These include an OBIE for Artistic Trajectory (1989), a Drama Desk Award for Artistic Achievement (1996), an ENCORE Award for forty years of Sustained Excellence in Management by the Arts & Business Council of New York (2007), and Theatre Communications Group’s Theatre Practitioner Award (2008) among others. Buch was awarded a Lifetime Achievement OBIE Award (2011) and was bestowed with The Order of Isabella the Catholic (2012) by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his contributions to Spain-U.S. cultural relations.
Throughout his life, Buch’s creativity not only shone brightly in the world of Theatre, but also as a lawyer, journalist, editor, and painter; his recipe for Cuban black beans was featured in the New York Times (1969). René’s artistic legacy will go on, inspiring theatre-makers, -goers, and actors alike.

“René was a wonderful director to work with. He was welcoming and eager to collaborate. He was known for being demanding, and yes, he was quite demanding. But it was all to serve the art. His artistry was all about exploration and discovery – it was about the possibilities. I was so blessed beyond blessings that he directed ‘La gringa’”. – Carmen Rivera, Playwright of ‘La gringa’ with 25 years in Repertory.

“I would never forget seeing the Spanish version of ‘Anna in the Tropics’ at Repertorio, and being in awe of his direction, the economy, and simplicity of his production, which made the language soar to greater heights”. ­– Nilo Cruz, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright.

“René liberated me from naturalism into the world of the theatrical imagination. I would have never been the playwright I became without Rene’s love, knowledge, talent, and mentorship”. – Eduardo Machado, Playwright.

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Photo by Michael Palma Mir: El Laurel de Apolo, directed by Estefanía Fadul (Van Lier 2014-2015).

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL, the nation’s pre-eminent Spanish language theater, is proud to announce the 2022-2023 The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship for Directors. This fellowship enables emerging Latine/Latinx directors the unique opportunity to mount two professional theater productions at Repertorio Español.

The requirements for the Van Lier Fellowship include that candidates must be Hispanic/Latinx, 30 years old or younger, having completed a BA or MFA in dramatic arts, and must not be currently enrolled in any university or a full-time theatre training program. They must live in one of the five boroughs of New York City, plan to remain in New York City, and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Ideal fellows have some previous experience in directing, an integral knowledge of classical Spanish theatre, contemporary Latin American theatre as well as a familiarity of Hispanic-American playwrights.

The Van Lier Fellowship gave me my first opportunity to find my voice as a director. To this day, it has been one of the most fruitful experiences of my life and it opened my possibilities by giving me the opportunity to work in Spanish. I highly recommend this to all young Latinx directors who are looking for grow in their careers. — Victoria Collado (Van Lier 2014-2015).

Three directors will be chosen to participate in the Van Lier Fellowship based on their production proposals and in-person interviews. Fellows will direct two distinct works in Spanish over two summers. The first round of productions will be contemporary works written in Spanish or works by Latinx playwrights which will happen in the summer of 2022. Round two will be plays from the Siglo de Oro (Spain’s Golden Age) which will happen in the summer of 2023.

DEADLINE is Tuesday, February 1, 2022, timestamp. Applicants must write (in English or Spanish) proposals for the 2 productions they wish to direct. For an application, please send an e-mail expressing your interest to with the words “Van Lier” in the subject line. More information is available on the website

The Van Lier Experience changed my life! I had just moved to NYC after graduating from college and I didn’t really know anyone in the city. After receiving The Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, I met a community of artists that has become a sort of substitute family. I was able to discover and develop my own voice as a theater director in a professional setting while working on plays that mattered to me. The experience gave me the freedom and the challenges to allow me to grow into the director I am today. — Diego Chiri (Van Lier 2014-2015).

A public charity, The Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City and its suburbs. They bring together individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to build a better community and support nonprofits that make a difference. They apply knowledge, creativity, and resources to the most challenging issues in an effort to ensure meaningful opportunities and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, today and tomorrow.


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Photo: Lucille Oken (Community Relations Manager, Bank of America), Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda and Rafael Sánchez (Executive Artistic Director, Repertorio Español).


REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL (138 E. 27 St.) – one of Off-Broadway’s longest-running, continuous theaters, and the only company that presents plays in Spanish with simultaneous English translation in true repertory form in NYC – marked its rebirth after more than a year and a half, with an intimate reception followed by a performance of Junot Díaz’s Pulitzer Award-winning LA BREVE Y MARAVILLOSA VIDA DE OSCAR WAO (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), directed and adapted for the stage by Marco Antonio Rodríguez.

Robert Weber Federico (Executive Producer, Repertorio Español), Cast of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Director and Playwright) & Rafael Sánchez (Executive Artistic Director, Repertorio Español).

Repertorio Español’s reopening was honored with the presence of many supporters, Board members, good friends, and lead sponsors including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis MirandaJulio Peterson (Vice President of Real Estate at The Shubert Organization), and representatives from Lucille Lortel and Howard Gilman foundations, and the evening’s reopening sponsors, Bank of America and Telemundo.

This historic reopening was made possible with the support of Bank of America that will match any contribution over $25. Bank of America will donate an equal amount up to $100,000, thereby doubling the impact of any contribution made to Repertorio. This match signifies a vital challenge that will allow the renowned theatre company to continue supporting the innovative work of Latinx artists in the community and celebrating their voices and culture now by being online also with the entire world.

Emphatically, Repertorio Español wants to express its sincerest gratitude to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer for his steadfast support and advocacy on behalf of the performing arts venues that were closed during the pandemic crisis. His tenacity, leadership, and commitment towards the COVID19 Relief Bill and the American Rescue Plan, made it possible for Repertorio to continue to exist and finally to be reborn.  ¡Gracias Senator Schumer!


Our community has been terribly impacted by the pandemic and the temporary closure of theaters, but it is time to meet again. To help us bring back all the productions you love, for any contribution you make over $25, Bank of America will match an equal amount to Repertorio up to $100,000. Help us get back on our feet!


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FROM THE FOUNTAIN by Joel Pérez for first place, in the second edition of the competition. The playwright will receive a cash award of $3,000.

Repertorio Español announces the winners of The 2021 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx experience. The competition is inclusive of all playwrights who are at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.

“I am so humbled by and grateful for this incredible honor. The Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition showcases so many thought-provoking, exciting, and vital pieces of theater that should be part of the canon of American theater. I urge theaters across the country to develop and program the plays by the artists featured in this competition and open your doors and stages to a diverse range of Latinx voices. We are here. We have been here. We are American theater.” – Joel Pérez

The 2022 Miranda Family Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition begins now! Submissions are due by Tuesday, February 1, 2022. A readings series will be held in June of the top 5 plays. For info please visit or email


1st Place: (Award: $3,000)
FROM THE FOUNTAIN by Joel Pérez from New York, NY.

Playwright Bio: Joel Pérez is an award-winning actor and writer living in NYC. His theater work includes Fun Home (Broadway), Kiss My Aztec! (La Jolla Playhouse) and Sweet Charity (New Group; Lortel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical). TV work includes Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS) and Odd Mom Out (Bravo). He writes and performs with the musical theater sketch show SHIZ. He recently wrote and performed Black Beans Project at The Huntington Theatre and his new solo musical comedy Playing With Myself at Ars Nova. His play, The Church of the Holy Glory, premiered at Ars Nova ANTFest 2018. He is a 2021 Time Warner 150 Artist Grant recipient for his original comedy pilot You’re Tired. You’re Poor. He is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting from NYFA. Follow him at @misterjoelperez and visit

About FROM THE FOUNTAIN: After an extended self-imposed exile, Fernando returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his Pentecostal pastor father, Ernesto, at the church he grew up in. Memories flood Fernando’s mind as he attempts to sort through the wreckage of his fractured family. From the Fountain is a play about faith, home, and what we are willing to sacrifice for our family.

2nd Place: (Award: $2,000)
MACHINE LEARNING by Francisco Mendoza from Brooklyn, NY.

Playwright Bio: Francisco Mendoza is an Argentinian writer currently living in Brooklyn, NY, after spending several years in Brazil. His work has been developed or presented at The New Group, the MacDowell Colony, and Northern Stage, among others. His scripts include stage plays Machine Learning (The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Yale Drama Series Runner Up, San Diego Rep Latinx Festival), Tooth For Tooth (Finalist, Sundance Theater Lab; Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship), and Patriarch (Great Plains Theatre Conference).

About MACHINE LEARNING: When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge dreams up a nursing app to manage the disease in his stead. As the machine’s capabilities grow, however, the possibility of leaving it in charge of the treatment becomes more real, forcing Jorge to reckon with his responsibilities as a son—and as a creator.

3rd Place: (Award: $1,000)
AGOSTO INFINITO by Antonio García del Toro from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.


Playwright Bio: Antonio García Del Toro is a Puerto Rican playwright, theatre director, and professor of language and literature, backed by a vast trajectory in professional theatre from a young age. His works in literary criticism and creation have been published in numerous specialized magazines. For more than fifty years he has been an active participant in the world of professional Puerto Rican theatre, most recognized for his direction and dramaturgy. Dr. García del Toro, recently retired from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico where he taught courses in Puerto Rican Language and Literature, Italian, and Theatre for more than thirty years.

About AGOSTO INFINITO: Following the death of his young son, a professor and his wife flee from a country ruled by one of the most fearsome dictators of the Twentieth Century. Under a new assumed identity, the couple open and operate a bookstore in a small city and spend the following years under the fear of their past catching up to them. The arrival of a young psychologist disrupts their present forcing them to relive the past and helping them make way towards a better future.

Runners Ups (Award: $500)

THE EL PASO PLAY: 23 ACTS OF KINDNESS by Gregory Ramos from Rancho Mirage, CA

Playwright Bio: Professor and Chair of the University of Redlands Department of Theatre Arts where he teaches directing, playwriting, and diversity in the U.S. American Theater. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, began his professional career as a dancer, and has taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Vermont. MFA, Playwriting UCLA. He’s a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and The Lincoln Center Director’s lab.

About The El Paso Play: 23 Acts of Kindness: Inspired by interviews with community members in El Paso, Texas in the months after the mass shooting at Walmart in 2019 and told through 12 characters’ stories and impressions of the event, the play explores immigration, gun control, and the rise of white supremacy in America. Part docudrama, part theatrical montage, and part prayer for the future of America, a community reaches toward our shared humanity and collective healing.

PRINCESS CLARA OF LOISADA by Matt Barbot from Brooklyn, NY

Playwright Bio: Matt Barbot is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His play El Coquí Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom received its world premiere at Two River Theater in January of 2018. The Venetians was a winner of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Series. Matt received his MFA from Columbia University and was recently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and a member of The Civilians’ R&D Group.

About PRINCESS CLARA OF LOISADA: With Mamá long gone and Papá in a trance, Lower East Side middle schooler Clara and her older brother José try to distract themselves from their bleak reality with fanciful stories. When strange events make the siblings realize these stories might be true – that, in fact, they may be making them come true – Clara is faced with a choice, and José will fight a magical battle for his sister’s destiny.

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For over 40 years, The Miranda Family has championed community activism. They have created and supported institutions that have served underserved populations throughout New York City, across the country, and in Puerto Rico. They continue to foster the family’s commitment to advocacy for education, the arts, and social justice – along with a sustained focus on relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

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