Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference
Project Director: Eugene Lee
Funding Organization: National Endowment for the Arts
Award Amount: $10,000
The Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is an opportunity for Black and Latino playwrights to develop new, unpublished and unproduced plays through a week-long rehearsal/reading/talk back process. University theatre students are joined by guest professionals in a week-long rehearsal process which culminates in public reading presentations of developed scripts for audiences from campus as well as South Central Texas communities who get to share their thoughts and reactions to the work.
Conference week activities also include panel and symposium discussions of various aspects of playwriting from fundamentals, to production and publishing as well as expanding the craft beyond established parameters and an annual tribute to a pioneer and organization from Black and Latino theatre for sustained contributions to American Theatre.
Texas State's annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is over ten years strong and has notable alumni. Among those alumni is Crystal Dickinson who is a professional actor in New York City and an Adjunct Professor at both Pace University and NYU Tish School of the Arts. Dickinson has performed in New York on Broadway and Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Signature Theater, Soho Rep, The Atlantic Theater and the Negro Ensemble Company. Crystal is featured in the image to the left.
Other famous alumni include Mando Alvarado, pictured to the right. Originally from Pharr, Texas, but now situated in Los Angeles, Alvarado has won praise and accolades for his feature film "CruzandoM," which has been screened at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival, Newport Beach International Film Festival, the London Latino International Film Festival and Athens Film Festival.
Alvarado's staged reading titled “On the 5:31,” was featured in Texas State's 2014 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference.