ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTISTS
Javier Luis Hurtado (all/any) – Sabor A Mi Curator & Writer of “Cascabel”
Javier is a playwright, educator, director, and researcher whose work focuses on contemporary, queer Latinx performance, adaptation, religion, and kinship and community-based, ensemble-led theatre-making in the United States and Mexico. Javier earned an MFA in Writing for Performance from UC Riverside and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University. Javier’s work has been published by Theatre Research International, Journal of American Theatre and Drama, Ecumenica, and Lambda Literary and produced across the United States. Javier is a proud former Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting, a GLUCK Foundation Theater Fellow, an alumnus of the NALAC Leadership Academy, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, and the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Summer Intensive Ensemble. Javier is a member of Teatro Alebrijes, a queer Latinx theatre ensemble, a long-time member of El Teatro Campesino, and the founder of the newly formed Primeras Páginas Writers Workshop.
Rachel Lynett (she/they) – Writer of “Oranges”
Rachel is a queer Afro-Latine playwright, producer, and teaching artist. Their plays have been featured at San Diego Rep, Magic Theatre, Mirrorbox Theatre, Laboratory Theatre of Florida, Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Lab, Theatre Prometheus, Florida Studio Theatre, Laughing Pig Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Teatro Espejo, the Kennedy Center Page to Stage festival, Theatresquared, Equity Library Theatre, Chicago, Talk Back Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, Indiana University at Bloomington, Edgewood College, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Their plays Last Night and HE DID IT made the 2020 Kilroy’s List and their play, White People by the Lake was a 2022 Blue Ink Award finalist. Rachel 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.
Georgina Escobar (she/her/hers) – Writer of “Matted”
Georgina is a Mexican & American playwright and maker of sci-femme narratives, ultra-human mythos and Frontera-funk stories. She works textually with the impossible to excavate Latin American perspectives & create genre-fiction with heart. She is a MacDowell, Djerassi Artist, & La Mama Umbria artist, and recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Darrell Ayers Award. Her work has been featured in the Kilroys List (Stone Heart), The Texas Review (Matted), Los Bárbaros (Pies Pa’ Que), McSweeney’s “I Know What’s Best For You” (Monsters We Create), Climate Change Theatre Action‘s “Lighting The Way” (A Dog Loves Mango) and New Passport Press (Cósmica, Translator). Her plays have been produced across the USA and internationally in Mexico, UK, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden. Her work has been performed at INTAR, New York Children’s Theatre, Project Y, Clubbed Thumb, Lincoln Center, Bushwick Starr (NY), Two Rivers, Milagro, Aurora Theatre and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.
Jesús I. Valles (they/them) – Writer of “Llermo”
Jesús is a queer Mexican immigrant, educator, storyteller, and performer based in Austin, Texas, originally from Cd. Juarez, México. Jesús holds a Master’s in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach, with a focus on performance and qualitative research methods. Their research with Latina domestic workers in Los Angeles has been presented at the National Communication Association, The Western States Communication Association, and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Jesús is a 2019 Lambda Literary fellow, a 2019 Walter E. Dakin Playwriting Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Idyllwild Writers Week poetry fellow, a 2018 Tin House Scholar, a 2018 Undocupoets fellow, and a fellow of The Poetry Foundation’s 2018 Poetry Incubator. As an actor, Jesús is the recipient of four B. Iden Payne awards including Outstanding Actor in Theater for Youth in 2016 and 2017 and Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama in 2018 for their solo show, (Un)Documents. They have been featured in multiple productions in Austin, TX. with companies such as Teatro Vivo, Shrewd Productions, The VORTEX, Lucky Chaos, GenEnCo, and Scottish Rite Theatre. Jesús is currently working toward a MFA in Playwriting at Brown University
Carolina Perez (her/she/ella) – Writer & Performer of “Yo Tambien Soy Asi”
Carolina is an actor, story teller, cuenta cuentos and creator of experiences. She has worked with Teatro Alebrijes, Teatro Vision, El Teatro Campesino and Artist Ink. She believes that we can heal ourselves and each other through art and community…and a good meal with friends and family.
Oliver Alvarez aka Monarca (they/them) – Host & Performer
Originally from Michoacán Mexico, Oliver is a core company member of Teatro Alebrijes, a queer Latinx theatre ensemble based in San Jose, CA. In addition to performing, Oliver supports the ensemble with make-up and costume design. Outside of their work with Teatro Alebrijes, Oliver performs in drag throughout the bay area as Monarcha Elezia. When they’re not performing, Oliver works in HIV outreach for Santa Clara County.
Irvin Manuel Gonzalez (he/him/él) – “Q-Lucha” Dancer
Irvin is an artivist, scholar, community organizer, and teacher. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Gonzalez’s scholarship analyzes the constructs of brownness, queerness, and mexicanidad(es) within social dancing, looking at how immigrant, queer, and working-class dancers navigate trans/national politics through affective connections and creativity. As a dance artist, Gonzalez grounds his art approaches, strategies, and constructions in rasquachismo, a low-brow Chicanx methodology, engaging the brown, working class aesthetics and sensibilities he grew up with to redefine the intended use-value of materials, connections, and being. He also interweaves the practices of resistance found in cumbia, quebradita, and other Latinx social dance forms to build movement that highlights brown joy as a form of social justice. Gonzalez is a founding member of Primera Generación Dance Collective (PGDC) and a board member for Show Box Los Angeles (SBLA). In 2021, his collective, PGDC, received the National Endowment for the Arts Grant to produce “Chale Vale!” a dance piece used to highlight the history of Pachuco/a/x in Los Angeles, CA.
Alfonso Cervera (He/They/El) – “Q-Lucha” Dancer
Alfonso is a current Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he shares is research interests and movement practices. Being a Queer first generation Mexican American practitioner and choreographer who received his MFA from the University of California, Riverside, Cervera has also obtained certifications in Asana Yoga, Pilates, and Reiki Healing. His research and specialization as an independent artist, focuses on the conversation between queerness, Ballet Folklorico and Afro-LatinX social dances in a contemporary auto-biographical embodied experience that he calls Poc-Chuc. Poc-Chuc, an emerging and inclusive dance technique developed by Cervera, weaves these techniques as a pedagogical tool to adhere to the current times and to create representation for marginalized communities. Cervera is a founder and collaborator of Primera Generación Dance Collective in the Los Angeles area creating works that represent Mexican American identity and social justice. Amount other things, he has been awarded grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, Artist Trust in Seattle, Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, and is now one of the four Executive Directors of Show Box L.A.
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