Tlaloc Rivas is a writer, director, and theatre-maker who creates, develops and directs new plays focusing on the complexity, diversity and history of Latina/os in the United States and abroad. He also directs bilingual plays, classical and contemporary pieces, and new work by some of America's most exciting writers.
As a writer, his commissioned play, Johanna: Facing Forward, will have its World Premiere at the Cleveland Public Theatre in May-June 2015, followed by another production at the University of Kansas Department of Theatre in October 2015. Tlaloc is also the recent recipient of the National Play Network's Creation Fund Award to write A Crusade for Justice for Su Teatro in Denver and Cara Mia Theatre Company in Dallas.
This Summer, he will be directing the Chicago Premiere of Madhuri Shekar's In Love and Warcraft, which was the recipient of 2014's Kendada Prize in Playwriting. It will be produced at Halcyon Theatre from August-September 2015.
Tlaloc is a co-founder of the Latina/o Theatre Commons and serves on the Editorial Board of its online platform, Café Onda. As former Co-Chair of the LTC's National Steering Committee, he helped organize the largest gathering of Latina/o artists in 25 years at Emerson College, Boston. He is a member of ATHE's Latina/o Focus Group, a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national union for stage directors and choreographers.
Originally from Baja California, Mexico and raised in Northern California, Tlaloc graduated with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz, and received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama. He splits his time between Iowa City (as Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Iowa) and Pittsburgh, where his wife Megan teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. He also enjoys running and hiking with his dog Xóchitl.