Tlaloc Rivas

Tlaloc Rivas

Assistant Professor
Directing
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
MFA, University of Washington
Office: 
136 TB
Phone: 
319.353.2406

Tlaloc recently joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Directing (and related subjects). He has an extensive background as a director and theater instructor with two primary interests: developing new plays that engage in a cross-cultural dialogue, and reinventing the classics for the contemporary stage. With extensive experience in both, he has shown an adept hand in creating visceral, thoughtful, and socially relevant productions. His commitment to playwrights and new play development is exemplified with his work with companies such as El Teatro Campesino, INTAR, The Public Theater' (The Writer's Lab + New Work Now!), Mabou Mines' Resident Artist Program, New Dramatists, The Lark Play Development Center, 52nd Street Project, Primary Stages, Amphibian Stage Productions, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

He has taught and guest directed at Bryn Mawr College, Arcadia University, The University of the Arts, University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of New Mexico, and Queens College (CUNY). He is the recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and has served as a panelist for arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a member of the ATHE Latina/o Focus Group and  is currently formulating a National Latino Theater Commons with fellow artists and scholars from across the U.S. He is also an Associate Member of SDC - the national union for stage directors and choreographers, and a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop.

Tlaloc was the founding artistic director of Chicano TheaterWorks from 1993-96, where he produced, translated and directed over a dozen local, national and international works.  He also served as Artistic Associate of The Group Theatre (Seattle) and as Artistic Director of Venture Theater Company (Philadelphia). He graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz – where he received the Regents Presidential Award, Chancellor’s Honors and Dean of the Arts Award - and received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama.