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Carmen Rivera holds an MA in Playwriting and Latin American Theatre from New York University’s Gallatin School. Her plays have been widely performed and published in English and Spanish in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and abroad.
Julia De Burgos: Child Of Water was first produced at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (PRTT) in 1999 and videotaped for the archives at The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Among her other key works are the musical Celia: The Life And Music Of Celia Cruz, which she co-wrote with Candido Tirado in 2007. It received an HOLA Award for Achievement in Playwriting and has toured Miami, Puerto Rico, Chicago and Spain. Her play, La Gringa, received an OBIE Award in 1996 and has been playing at Repertorio Español since, making it Off-Broadway’s longest running Spanish language play. In 2001 La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny opened Off-Broadway and received an ACE Award (Association of Journalists and Writers) for Best Production. To Catch The Lightning produced at the PRTT in 1997 was nominated for an ACE Award for Best Production.
Ms. Rivera’s plays have been presented in diverse venues such as the Latino Experimental Fantastic Theatre (L.E.F.T., Founding Member); The Women’s Project & Productions; New Perspectives Theatre; La Mama E.T.C.; The Nuyorican Poet’s Café; Aaron Davis Hall; and at festivals in Moscow, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Bolivia, among many others.
Ms. Rivera is co-founder with Candido Tirado of Educational Play Productions (E.P.P.), which brings plays that deal with social issues to New York City public school students and educators.