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