Tlaloc Rivas is a director, writer, and theatre-maker who specializes in adventurous new work and contemporary plays. He also loves making the classics new again and vitally alive for present-day audiences. Tlaloc also directs bilingual plays, works actively in civic engagement, and promotes equity in all facets of the American theatre.
Tlaloc is a co-founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons and its' online platform, Café Onda. He is an Associate Artist with Boundless Theatre Company (NYC) and Merrimack Repertory Theatre's Patriot Program, as well as a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Recent productions: Abigail/1702 (Merrimack Rep, Boston); Peribañez (Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh) [co-directed with Megan Monaghan Rivas]; Johanna: Facing Forward (Cleveland Public Theatre); Wit [2016 Suzi Bass Nomination for Outstanding Production] and Mariela in the Desert (Aurora Theatre, Atlanta) ... amongst others.
Tlaloc’s playwriting debut, Johanna: Facing Forward, was awarded 2nd prize in Repertorio Español MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition for 2016. His next play, Anthem to Aztlán, received a Creation Fund Award from National Performance Network and will have rolling premieres at Su Teatro (Denver), Cara Mia Theatre Company (Dallas) and Borderlands Theatre (Tucson).
He has developed, produced, and directed new work with companies such as New Harmony Project, New Dramatists, Chicago Dramatists, Salt Lake Acting Company, Theatre Emory, The Public Theater (NYC), INTAR, Repertorio Español, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Iowa New Play Festival, Arkansas New Play Festival, Cherry Lane Theater, Lark Play Development Center, 52nd Street Project, LAByrinth Theater Company, Primary Stages, Amphibian Stage Productions, South Coast Repertory, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Tlaloc is a graduate of The University of Washington’s School of Drama, The University of California Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo College. Since 2012, he has been Assistant Professor of Theatre and teaches within the Latina/o Studies minor at The University of Iowa.