BOSTON: The Latinx Theatre Commons has awarded the 2023 Diane Rodriguez Teatrista Award to Adriana Gaviria. Named in honor of director, writer, performer, and advocate Diane Rodriguez, this award comes with a $5,000 unrestricted prize and is dedicated to an individual working in the theatre field who is committed to increasing Latinx representation across disciplines.
Gaviria will join last year’s inaugural recipient Patricia Garza for a livestreamed conversation about continuing Diane’s legacy on Tues., Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
“The LTC’s goal is to infuse Diane’s spirit of generosity throughout the field by inviting peers and colleagues to nominate changemakers they admire,” said LTC producer Jacqueline Flores in a statement. “This award is funded directly by donations from individuals. Our community has shown they are invested in continuing to honor Diane’s legacy by making financial gifts, nominating recipients, and serving on the Selection Committee.”
Members of the selection committee for this year’s award included inaugural recipient Patricia Garza; Diane’s husband, Jose Delgado; Chantal Rodriguez; Jacky Segui; and Eric Swartz. They received over 55 nominations of artists and theatre professionals for the 2023 award. Nominations for the 2024 award will open in early 2024. Applicants will be nominated by peers and colleagues throughout the field and selected by an appointed committee.
Adriana Gaviria is an actress, voiceover artist, writer, director, advocate, and creative producer. She has performed at regional theatres across the nation including Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, and more. She is a founding member and co-artistic director of The Sol Project, a producer of SolFest, and serves on the executive team as director of technology and innovation at Parent Artist Advocacy League. She is the founder of North Star Projects, and serves on advisory boards for the 50 Playwrights Project and FIU Theatre Alumni.
The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) is a flagship program of HowlRound Theatre Commons. The LTC seeks to transform the narrative of the American theatre, to amplify the visibility of Latinx performance making, and to champion equity through advocacy, art making, convening, and scholarship.
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