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MAX FERRA:

FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, 1966 – 2004

Max Ferr? was the Founding Artistic Director of New York City?s INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, which included INTAR Theater and INTAR Gallery.? From its inception until the year 2004, he remained the driving force behind?INTAR’s artistic and organizational development.? Under his leadership, INTAR became an outstanding Latino artistic institution in the United States, gaining worldwide recognition for its contribution to cross-cultural understanding and the pursuit of excellence, not only in the theatrical world but also in the visual arts.

INTAR Theater, with its varied programs, including a MainStage Season and the NewWorks Lab, has played a major role in identifying, supporting, nurturing, developing and producing unique theatrical Latino voices that have made a significant impact in American dramatic writing.

For nearly fourteen years, INTAR hosted the Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Lab, conducted by the esteemed dramatist and teacher Mar?a Irene Forn?s, where many of today’s American Theater?s leading Latino voices first developed their work.? These include Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, as well as Lisa Loomer, Migdalia Cruz, Josefina L?pez, Eduardo Machado, Cherrie Moraga, Edwin S?nchez, Milcha S?nchez-Scott, Octavio Sol?s, etc.

INTAR’s Main Stage Season has featured world English-language premieres by internationally renowned authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, Manuel Puig, Fernando Arrabal and Astor Piazzolla, as well as equally talented Latino writers from the US, including Mar?a Irene Forn?s, Jos? Rivera and Luis Santeiro, and performers such as John Leguizamo and Culture Clash.

Throughout his career, Max Ferr? has produced over 150 works by both emerging and established Latino playwrights from the US, Latin America and Spain.? As a stage director, he directed over 80 plays at INTAR, as well as in other venues, both in the US and all over Latin America.

For several years, Mr. Ferr? has served on advisory panels for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Since 2006, Mr. Ferr? has been the Director of the Actors’ Arena Theater Program at the North Campus of the Miami Dade College.

 

EDUARDO MACHADO:

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, 2004-2010

Eduardo Machado was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was nine.?? He grew up in Los Angeles.? He is the author of over forty plays, including

The Floating Island Plays, Once Removed, Stevie Wants to Play?the Blues, A Burning Beach, Havana is Waiting, and The Cook.? They have been produced at many major regional theaters, as well as in Europe and Off-Broadway, including among others The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Long Wharf Theater, The Williamstown Theater Festival, The Cherry Lane Theater, INTAR, America Place Theater and Hampstead Theatre in London.

Mr. Machado wrote and directed the film Exiles in New York, which played at the A.F.I. Film Festival, South by South West, The Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Latin American International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba.? He has received four National Endowment for the Arts grants, two Rockefeller Foundation Playwriting grants, and grants from The TCG Pew Charitable Trust and The Berrilla Kerr Foundation.

He is a member of the Actors Studio, The Ensemble Studio Theater, and an alumnus of New Dramatists.? He has served on the boards of TCG, New Dramatists and Theatre for the New City.? His plays have been published by the Theatre Communications Group and Samuel?French.

Mr. Machado is currently the Head of Playwriting in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU?s Tisch School of the Arts.? Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile?s Hunger for Home, a food memoir by Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich, was released by Gotham Press in 2007.