I AM THEATRE: Nilo Cruz

January 27, 2012

Nilo Cruz

Playwright

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida, Nilo Cruz is best known for his play Anna in the Tropics, which won the Steinberg award, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received a Tony nomination. His other plays include Dancing on her Knees, Night Train to Bolina, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and a Piano, Beauty of the Father, Lorca in a Green Dress among others. Nilo has translated Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Dona Rosita the Spinster; and Jose Sanchez Sinisterra’s Ay Carmela. He also adapted Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings for the stage. Nilo has been the recipient of other awards and fellowships, including two NEA/TCG National Theatre Artist Residency grants, a Rockefeller Foundation grant and the San Francisco’s W. Alton Jones award. In 2009 he won The Laura Pels Mid-career Playwrighting award and a Helen Merrill award for Excellence in playwriting. He also received the USA Ella Fontanals-Cisneros award. Nilo is part of the Playwrights Ensemble at Victory Gardens in Chicago, and has taught playwriting at Brown, NYU Gallatin School, Yale School of Drama, and the University of Iowa. He recently co-wrote the screenplay “Castro’s Daughter” with Oscar winner Bobby Moresco. His new screenplay is “Anna in the Tropics”.

Nilo Cruz is an alum of New Dramatists.

About The Project:

I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. Beginning on July 14, 2011 and continuing each week for the next 50 weeks, this project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. But 50 videos can not tell the whole story. YOU ARE THEATRE: You are stage managers, artistic and executive directors, playwrights, production managers, actors, designers, fundraising and communications staff, education leaders, funders, audience members and more. WE ARE THEATRE: Today, not-for-profit professional theatres in the U.S. employ 130,000 people annually, inspire more than 30 million attendees and contribute $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy. What if thousands of theatre artists across the world posted their own video testimonies of why they do what they do and why theatre matters? How might that transform communities' awareness of our work?

Click here to learn how to participate and submit your very own video to the project.

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TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.

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