Tlaloc Rivas

Assistant Professor in Residence, Theatre Studies

Tlaloc Rivas is a writer, director, and Associate Professor in Residence at UConn. He is a co-founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatists Guild, and the recipient of the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship in Classical Directing, the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theater Workshop. Tlaloc received his BA (with Honors) from UC Santa Cruz where he spent two seasons working with Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama, where here concurrently served as Artistic Associate of The Group Theatre.


Tlaloc recently premiered The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (based on the novel by Sonia Manzano) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Recent projects include: the premiere of Maypearl  at Mary Moody Northen Theatre / St. Edward’s University; Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties at Oberlin College; Peribañez at Quantum Theater; The Three Musketeers at the University of Evansville; Wit at Aurora Theatre Company; and Abigail/1702 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Other projects include Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful; Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark; Kirsten Greenidge’s Luck of the Irish and Baltimore; Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play; Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits; Karen Zacarias’ Mariela in the Desert; Octavio Solis’ El Paso Blue and La Posada Magica; Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud and Sarita; Shelagh Stephenson’s Five Kinds of Silence; Steve Dietz’s Becky’s New Car; Jose Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics and The House of Ramon Iglesia; Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle;  Shakepeare’s Cymbeline and Love’s Labour’s Lost; Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea; Williams’ Summer and Smoke; Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters; and Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba.

As a playwright, his plays include: Johanna: Facing Forward (premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre), Divisadero (developed at The New Harmony Project), Maypearl (developed at St. Edward’s University), Kaliban: Waterloo, IA (a New Now commission from Lauren Gunderson), Take What You Can Carry (developed at La MaMa Umbria International Playwriting Retreat), and Byzantine. He is currently the dramaturg for the new Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson concept album/musical Mexodus at New York Stage and Film.

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