R197. CANCELLED: Live Onstage! Writing Queer Latinx Lives in Plays

Status: Not Accepted

Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


How can we write vibrant, authentic characters who drive or support the narrative of a play who are queer and Latinx, and participate with full complexity and wholehearted representation? The panel explores a diversity of experiences living in an intersectional space, and how they expand the dialogue of American life in theater. Playwrights from different Latinx cultures share creative strategies about character development and the productions in which those characters live on stage.



Ramón H. Rivera-Servera is an award-winning author and professor of performance studies and art theory and practice at Northwestern University. He is author and coeditor of numerous books on Latinx and Black performance.

Charles Rice-González is an assistant professor at Hostos Community College/CUNY. His novel, Chulito, received recognitions from ALA and the National Book Critics Circle. His MFA is from Goddard College, he cofounded BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and he's a published/produced playwright.

Virginia Grise is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, and the Yale Drama Series Award. Her published work includes Your Healing Is Killing Me, blu, and The Panza Monologues. She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

A self-taught Chicano joto playwright, poet, and storyteller, Jesús Alonzo explores issues of identity as they relate to race, culture, class, education, immigration, gender, and sexual orientation. He is the author of Jotos del Barrio, Miss América: A Mexicanito Fairies Tale, and The After-Life.

Christina Quintana (CQ) is a writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her plays include Scissoring, Citizen Scientist, Azul, and Evensong, developed/produced by EST, Southern Rep, INTAR, and The Lark, among others. She is a WP Lab member and staff writer for the ABC series, The Baker and the Beauty.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center