Fornesian Playwriting in the 21st Century

Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Lewis Center for the Arts
Program in American Studies
Program in Latino Studies
Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Photo of Anne García-Romero. Photo by Barbara Johnston, University of Notre Dame

Anne García-Romero. Photo by Barbara Johnston, University of Notre Dame


Open to Princeton University students, faculty and staff. RSVP required to Brian Herrara,

In this interactive discussion, acclaimed playwright and scholar Anne García-Romero will consider the ground-breaking playwriting pedagogy developed by award-winning Cuban-American playwright María Irene Fornés (1930-2018). Delving into elements of the Fornés playwriting method (including yoga, sense memory, visualization, drawing and utilizing found materials), García-Romero will explore the new pedagogical frameworks necessary for the sustainability of Fornesian playwriting in the 21st century.

A brief excerpt from García-Romero’s essay-in-process will be circulated in advance of the session to those who RSVP.

Anne García-Romero

Anne García-Romero’s plays include Staging the Daffy Dame (LaunchPad UCSB), Lorca in New York (Denver Center Theater commission), Provenance (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Paloma (National Latino Playwriting Award runner-up), Mary Domingo (Goodman Theatre commission), Earthquake Chica (National Latino Playwriting Award finalist), Mary Peabody in Cuba (National Latino Playwriting Award finalist), Land of Benjamin Franklin (Actors Theater of Louisville Ten Minute Play finalist).

Her plays have been developed and produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Arielle Tepper Productions’ Summer Play Festival (Off-Broadway), The Mark Taper Forum, The Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and widely elsewhere.

García-Romero an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of specialization are playwriting, screenwriting, dramaturgy and Latinx Theater Studies. She has also taught at USC, Cal Arts, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount University, Macalester College and Wesleyan University.

She is a founding member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, where she contributes to The Fornés Institute. She is also the coordinator of the Fornés Playwriting Workshop in Chicago, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame.

García-Romero holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an alumna of The Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, Chicago Dramatists and New Dramatists.