Moderated talk with NYC leaders of Latin American, Spanish, and Hispanic American theatre

Moderated by HB alumni Ingrid Wheatley and Reza Salazar

Monday, May 5, 2014 | 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street, NYC
All are welcome! Meet & Greet Reception to follow
$10 suggested donation | $5 HB students & staff


JOSÉ ZAYAS (Resident Director, Repertorio Español) began working with Repertorio in 2004 when he was selected as a fellow of the Van Lier Young Directors Project. Ever since, he has directed seven productions for the company and was named Resident Director in 2013. His production of Caridad Svich’s THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, based on Isabel Allende’s novel, at Repertorio Español, won multiple ACE and HOLA awards, including best production and director. Other credits with Repertorio include MADRE, EL DRAMA PADRE ; LETTERS TO A MOTHER; NOWHERE ON THE BORDER;  NO BETTER FRIEND, NO WORSE ENEMY; IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES; and LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA.

His production of THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS had its international debut at the Mori Theatre in Santiago, Chile. In addition, his production of the same play at the Denver Center has won numerous Ovation Awards including Best Production and Direction and was selected as Best Production of the Year by the Denver Post. Zayas was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities. He is co-Founder of The Immediate Theater Company. He held a residency at the Ensemble Studio Theater and was selected as one of’s 2007 People of the Year. He is also a Drama League Fellow and an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab and Soho Rep Writer/Director’s Lab and has received fellowships such as the Phil Killian, Kenneth Frankel, John Pasquin and Van Lier.

His theatre credits include FEEDER by JD Carter (TERRAnova Collective); THE STRANGEST by Betty Shamieh (HERE Arts Center); THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman (TheaterworksUSA); MILKMILKLEMONADE by Joshua Conkel (APAC); SOUTHERN PROMISES by Thomas Bradshaw (PS122); OKAY by Taylor Mac (Ensemble Studio Theatre); VENGEANCE CAN WAIT by Yukiko Motoya (PS122); AGAIN AND AGAINST by Betty Shamieh (The Lark); THE PAST IS NOT A FOREIGN COUNTRY (VERY) PERSONAL MAPS OF SEATTLE by Mallery Avidon (Soho Rep); THE WASPS and TECMESSA by Ken Urban (Target Margin); STROM THURMOND IS NOT A RACIST by Thomas Bradshaw (Brick Theater, 4 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations); DEVIL LAND by Desi Moreno-Penson (Summer Play Festival/Cherry Lane Theatre); CROWNS by Regina Taylor (Virginia Stage Company). Zayas co-produced INTAR’s 2006 New Works Theater Lab. His credits as Assistant Director include TALK RADIO directed by Robert Falls and starring Liev Schreiber; REGRETS ONLY directed by Christopher Ashley; COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA directed by Michael Pressman.

nysca_60pxThis program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.