I am absolutely thrilled to announce that nationally celebrated playwright and podcast writer, Nancy García Loza, joins Pivot Arts as our newest artistic associate. Nancy has curated and hosted our Live Talk shows and last year’s festival event, Girasol: An Evening of Latinx Performances. She joins us again on January 30th kicking off our first Live Talk show of 2020, Live Talk: Food for Thought (info and tickets HERE). Read more about Nancy’s body of work below and come meet her on January 30th — tickets are limited, reserve now!

Nancy García Loza (she/her) is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. Her audio drama BRAVA: a folktale con música launched Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season this year (with mention from the The New York Times). She is currently under commission from: Goodman Theatre, Make-Believe Association, Chicago Dramatists, and Teatro Leyden. She is a writer with the Goodman Playwrights Unit and Make-Believe Association. She is a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow and an new Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts among others. Her play WAVE: las olas van y vienen, now a full-length commission, will receive a world premiere with Teatro Leyden in 2020. Her select plays include: Brava: a folktale con música (Make-Believe Association, 2019); Macha: a pocha sister story (recognized in Steppenwolf’s The Mix list); Tocaya (developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, 2018). Her work has been supported by: UIUC’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Theater on the Lake, Something Marvelous, Broken Nose Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Collaboraction, Teatro Vista, and more. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation alum of DePaul University, with a focus on Latin American Studies and Spanish. Her song “Corrido de la Brava” was recently awarded at the 2019 ALTA Awards for Outstanding Original Music in a Play. She writes from instinct, whether writing a play, a story, or a corrido, because Mexicanas deserve a better song: queremos vivir.