I had the honor of being one of the playwrights featured on the 50 Playwrights Project website created by Houston-based scholar Dr. Trevor Boffone. 50 Playwrights Project is "a digital resource dedicated to contemporary Latin@ playwrights and other teatro allies."
I am eternally grateful to Dr. Boffone for tapping me for this project and supporting the work. I had a great time expressing my passion for the craft, recognizing some of the many people who have inspired me and giving a shout out to my future leading men Lin-Manuel, Bluey Robinson and Laz Alonso.
Check out my interview here!
I was blessed by the advice that each playwright shared! Here are the best snippets from the playwrights featured in the project!
"It can take 10 years of hard work before you see any traction in your career. I heard that from another playwright early on and it was so helpful—don’t think you’re failing at this if you don’t see immediate success. It takes time. Use those 10 years to hone your writing, to build networks of peers, and develop relationships with people who want to work with you."- Marisela Treviño Orta
"Find out what is missing and what you can do to fill the void."- Chema Pineda-Fernández
"Listen to them when they say, “But would she do that?” They are deep in the character’s skin."- Diana Burbano
"Create your own path. Do everything within your power to align yourself with theater artists you respect, and produce work together in reciprocity and unconditional love. Don’t long for the audiences to love you – go out there and love them."-Magdalena Gómez
"Keep writing and read as much as you can, attend as much theater as you can, support local Latino theater companies."-Carlos Morton
"There will be ups and downs in this writing life. It’s all about persistence, and riding the currents."-Caridad Svich
"Make Art. But above all, make friends."-Wilfredo Ramos Jr.
"Keep rewriting and keep meeting deadlines! When you meet a deadline you are already a winner because your word is in integrity with your dreams."-Josefina López
"It’s not about money or fame, but about finding and sharing your voice that is unique and a necessary piece of the fabric of humanity."-Migdalia Cruz
"So, whatever you have to do to put food on the table for however long you may have to do it, remember this: no experience is wasted on a storyteller. "-Mercedes Floresislas
"Do the work and have fun doing it. "-Virginia Grise
"Having “muses” enables me to listen to the characters without forcing “punch lines” or other quirks. It also enables me to feel like the “Taylor Swift of Playwriting”…exes will become villains…watch out!"-Emilio Rodriguez
"It’s easier said than done, but more than half the struggle is putting the pencil to the paper and trusting. If trust is too hard right now, know that page is the one place where you can always go back and use your eraser."-Krysta Gonzales
"Your play matters as much as any play written by those playwrights we consider as great. Don’t let anyone tell you different. "-Alvaro Saar Rios
"You have a story, and it doesn’t need to wait. Even if you don’t initially intend to share it, just start writing. "-Josh Inocéncio
Thank you Dr. Trevor Boffone and the 50 Playwrights Project for creating a space for Latin@ artists and allies to shine!
For more on Dr. Boffone's work, check out his website.