50 Playwrights Project
The 50 Playwrights Project is a digital resource for Latin@ theatre and a virtual home for the voices of Latin@ playwrights created by Dr. Trevor Boffone.
The 50 Playwrights Project is engaged in providing accessible information about contemporary Latin@ theatre artists. This project serves as a dramaturgical and pedagogical database for artists, educators, scholars, and students who are looking for more online information about playwrights: where are they from, how do they identify, what are they working on, what advice would they give to aspiring artists, and links to relevant online resources.
The project’s name is a throwback to its original mission: to simply interview 50 playwrights. Inspired by Adam Szymkowicz’s “I Interview Playwrights” series, the first iteration of the project featured 50 short, to-the-point interviews with contemporary playwrights working in the Latin@ theatre movement. While 50PP still interviews playwrights, our mission has expanded to include more varied content as well as to provide new play development support for emerging playwrights.
In March 2017, we published our list of the best unproduced Latin@ plays, a list of 8 plays and 2 honorable mentions selected from a national call that saw us receive over 65 submissions. We intend for this to become an annual feature of 50PP.
The goals of the 50 Playwrights Project are to:
- Change the conversation about the American Theatre to include more Latin@ voices
- Provide accessible information for those interested in learning more about contemporary Latin@ playwrights
- Create a space to explore the diversity of experiences and identities within the spectrum of Latinidad
- Promote ethnic, racial, and gender equity in theatre
- Connect theatre artists
Since launching in February of 2016, the 50 Playwrights Project has been featured on the Off and On: A New York Theatre Podcast, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Out Smart Magazine, the Latina/o Theatre Commons Monthly Digest, Adam Szymkowicz’s I Interview Playwrights, The Cougar, The Modular, and more.
Trevor Boffone is a Houston-based scholar, educator, writer, dramaturg, and producer. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons, the Café Onda Editorial Board Champion, and the founding director of the 50 Playwrights Project. Trevor has a Ph.D. in Latin@ Theatre and Literature from the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston where he holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Villanova University and a BA in Spanish from Loyola University New Orleans.
Trevor researches the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and community in Chican@ and Latin@ theater and performance. His first book project, Eastside Latinidad: Josefina López, Community, and Social Change in Los Angeles, examines the textual and performative strategies of contemporary Latin@ theatermakers based in Boyle Heights that use performance as a tool to expand notions of Latinidad and (re)build a community that reflects this diverse and fluid identity.
He has published and presented original research on contemporary Latin@ literature, Chicana feminist theater, community-engaged theater, the body in performance, new play development, Deaf Latinidad, and Queer Latinidad. He is co-editing (with Teresa Marrero and Chantal Rodriguez) an anthology of plays from the Los Angeles Theatre Center Encuentro 2014.
For more information on Trevor, visit trevorboffone.com.