INGENIO Milagro returns for a third year, providing three Latino/a playwrights an experienced and nurturing laboratory for the development of their new work. Milagro’s commitment to new work and the development of Latino/a artists in all disciplines is what lead to the creation of this unique program, the purpose of which is to give playwrights an opportunity to work on their plays, and for audiences to experience them at the development stages. The week of rehearsals culminates in concert-style readings of the plays, as well as a workshop for INGENIO and local playwrights.
Ingenio /ēn ‘he nē oh/: Spanish for wit, ingenuity; the inventive and creative capacity to create; a sugar cane refinery.
INGENIO Milagro 2019 Playwrights
Julian Mesri, Immersion
Julian Mesri is a New York-based Argentinean-American writer, director, translator, and composer. Recent plays and musicals include Steerage (Columbia Stages), Red, (Sanctuary Festival, HERE Arts Center), The Gauchos Americanos (Teatro Extranjero, Buenos Aires) and the musical Bethlehem ( St Paul’s Theater, Brooklyn Generator, BAX Space Grant). He has served as Translator for both the Lark US/Mexico Exchange as well as for PEN World Voices. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, where he was a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist of Color Fellow. As a member of Panorama Sur, his work was showcased at the Buenos Aires International Theater Festival in 2015. He was also the 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español. He was awarded an ASCAP Scholarship to the NYMF Songwriting Workshop and is currently an auditor at the BMI Lehman Engel Workshop. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University, where he is the Dean’s Fellow and is an adjunct professor of Performing Arts at Pace University.
Andrew Siañez, Borderline
Andrew Siañez-De La O is a Mexican-American playwright from El Paso, Texas. He is currently the 2019 Gish Jen Fellow with the Writers’ Room of Boston and a scriptwriter for the Latinx children's fiction podcast "Timestorm.” Recently, he was a PlayLab Writer with Pipeline Theatre Company (NYC) and, in 2018, a National Young Playwright in Residence with Echo Theater Company (LA) and a Playwright Fellow with Company One (Boston). He received his BFA in Theatre and Performance from Emerson College.
Georgina Escobar, Stoneheart
Georgina Escobar is a Mexican playwright and director who employs multiple mediums to create and define the Latinx aesthetic via Sci-Femme and FronteraFunk and by creating impossible narratives for the stage. She has participated in residencies like the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Artists Residency, was part of the Clubbed Thumb and Project Y Writers Group and is a recipient of the TheatreFor Young Audiences National Award from the Kennedy Center. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and participated in festivals internationally (Denmark, Sweden). Her plays have made Steppenwolf's "The Mix" List, the Kilroy's List, Finalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill and the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission. Artistic partners and presenters have included INTAR, Clubbed Thumb, Lincoln Center, Milagro, Aurora Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Gregory HancockDance Theatre, Two Rivers, and Primary Stages, among others. She serves on the Board of Marfa LiveArts, is on Advisory Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons, and an active steering committee member for the Climate Commons for Theatre and Performance.
About INGENIO Milagro
Beginning with a national call for submissions, three unproduced plays by Latino/a playwrights are selected to take part in INGENIO. Each play is assigned a director and cast, and after a week of rehearsals the plays will be presented in concert-style readings to an audience followed by moderated feedback conversations.
As in the first year, a key feature of INGENIO is the participation of an established Latino/a theatre artist to serve as host and mentor during the September play festival and feedback sessions. This year's host mentor will be in residence at Milagro for the week leading up to INGENIO, working with and mentoring the playwrights and participating in rehearsals with directors and casts.
INGENIO Milagro 2019 Selection Committee: Maya Malán-González, Miranda Gonzalez, Trevor Boffone, Gina Sandi-Diaz, Galia Backal, Rebecca Martinez, Kathleen Capdesuñer, and Jelisa Jay Robinson.