Cuban Theater Digital Archive

Migdalia Cruz

Director, production manager, author / playwright, librettist, adapter

Cruz began writing plays as a child, producing them in her puppet theater built by her father. Throughout adolescence, she continued to write prolifically, and graduated high school at the age of 16. From 1975-1976 she attended Queens College, enrolled initally as a math major. She then transferred to Lake Erie College, and in 1980 received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree. She went on to receive her Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Playwriting from Columbia University in 1984. Later, she honed her skills while working with Maria Irene Fornes's Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Laboratory in New York City (1985-1988). She has been writer-in-residence for the Latino Chicago Theater and playwright-in-residence for the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Illinois and the INTAR Theatre in New York City. She was a member of New Dramatists, N.Y., and the New York Playwrights' Lab. Additionally, she has been a playwriting instructor and lecturer for a number of different colleges and universities. In the last 20 years, she has written over 60 plays and co-authored two screenplays, receiving numerous awards in the process.

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    "Writing is an act done in utter alone-ness; the body a repository of timepieces of history and memory; psychic despair; art presents the possibilities of redemption." (2008 PEN World Voices Festival at the Martin E Segal Theatre Center in New York City, April-May 2008.)

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Author: Lauren Campbell; Gabriela Hernández (2006; 2021)

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