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ATC’s Inaugural Festival Honors 2023 NLPA Winner David A. Tucker II

ATC expanded the reach of its National Latine Playwrights Award (NLPA), established in 1995, with the inaugural ATC National Latine Playwrights Award & Festival, marking a significant milestone in ATC’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in theatre. The festival delivered many ways to be entertained and inspired including a play reading of The Nude by David A. Tucker II, winner of ATC’s 2023 National Latine Playwrights Award, and a pre-show panel discussion. The NLP Award & Festival was made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Arizona Theatre Company began presenting the National Latine Playwrights Award nearly 30 years ago to create a greater awareness of historically excluded Latine writers’ stories. Under the leadership of ATC Playwright-in-Residence and NLP Award & Festival Director Elaine Romero, the award has honored many outstanding works by Latine playwrights who have achieved remarkable success throughout the country.  

ATC is partnering with a number of community organizations for the NLP Award & Festival. Monica Villalobos, president of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is emceeing the event, and Micha Espinosa, Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance and Theatre, is directing the play reading. Pre-show panelists include Christian Ramírez, Assistant Curator of Contemporary and Community Art Initiatives at Phoenix Art Museum, and Miki Garcia, Director of the Arizona State University Art Museum. A one-of-a-kind award crafted by notable Phoenix artist Zarco Guerrero will be presented to Tucker during the festival. Other partners include Phoenix Art Museum and Xico.  

About The Nude: A struggling artist, his investment-savvy girlfriend, a rival painter, and an ambitious gallery owner find their lives and work intertwined in more ways than one in this dark art-world comedy with a twist. Set in present-day Los Angeles, The Nude explores what it means to be an artist, a lover of art, and in the business of art, while examining what the definition of success is in a world of creators and careerists. 


Click here for more information about the NLPA program, the NLP Award & Festival and this year’s award recipient, David A. Tucker II. 

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Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Phoenix Art Museum

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