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National Latine Playwrights Award

Established in 1995, Arizona Theatre Company’s National Latine Playwrights Award (NLPA) is unique in its longevity and prescience. Under the leadership of ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero, the award continues to create a greater awareness of under-represented Latine writers’ stories. It has honored many outstanding works by Latine playwrights who have achieved remarkable success throughout the country.

ATC proudly launched its inaugural National Latine Playwrights Award & Festival on June 14, 2024, after nearly 30 years of recognizing Latine artists with the National Latine Playwrights Award. The groundbreaking event expanded upon the prestigious award’s mission to champion historically excluded Latine writers. The festival showcased a play reading of The Nude by David A. Tucker II, winner of the 2023 National Latine Playwrights Award, was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and promises to be a celebration of Latine voices in American theatre. 

National Latine Playwrights Award & Festival

National Latine Playwrights Award & Festival 

Join us for our Inaugural National Latine Playwrights Award & Festival on June 14 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

National Latine Playwrights Award & Festival

2023 National Latine Playwrights Award Recipient

2023 NLPA Recipient  

Learn more about ATC’s 2023 National Latine Playwrights Award Recipient David A. Tucker II.

2023 NLPA Recipient

NLPA Submission Information

NLPA Submission Information 

Although NLPA Submissions are closed at this time, click here to learn more about eligibility.

NLPA Submission Information

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As we celebrate nearly 30 years of honoring exceptional talent, we invite you to join us in supporting this vital initiative.

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Did You Know?

Notable winners of the National Latine Playwrights Award include Luis Alfaro (MacArthur Fellowship or “genius” grant recipient), Karen Zacarías (Helen Hayes Award recipient), Kristoffer Diaz (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2024 Tony Nominee), Octavio Solis (NEA Fellowship), and Charise Castro Smith (co-writer of the Disney hit Encanto – Golden Globe, Winner, Best Motion Picture, Animated), and more.