“El Nogalar” Dramaturg Luis Alfaro Wins 2012 Joyce Award

Luis Alfaro and "El Nogalar" playwright Tanya Saracho

Playwright Luis Alfaro has won a 2012 Joyce Award. The annual prizes, which carry a $50,000 cast grant, are given to commission artists of color to help them create new works with cultural institutions.

Luis is currently our dramaturg on El Nogalar, working at the Fountain Theatre with playwright Tanya Saracho and director Laurie Woolery.

Working with Enrique Adyanthaya and Marlina Gonzalez, Alfaro will write a season of plays based on the ideas behind the fusion of Latino and Asian cultures, that will be created in collaboration with two Minneapolis/St. Paul theater companies, Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea. The plays will range from love stories of interracial couples exploring tensions between their two communities to a children’s story adapted from a fable.

Alfaro’s plays include Electricidad, Downtown, No Holds Barrio, Body of Faith, Straight As A Line, Bitter Homes and Gardens, Ladybird, and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Other 2012 Joyce Award winners include visual/multimedia artists William Pope.L and Rafael Lozano-Hammer, and choreographer Reggie Wilson.

Our love and congratulations to Luis! Bravo, Maestro!

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