Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TPAC hosts nationally acclaimed playwright Octavio Solis for workshop - free, open to the public


From: Tucson Pima Arts Council <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 5:50 PM
Subject: Extra Extra! Playwrights Workshop/Panels with Octavio Solis + Lumies Countdown



Latina/o Voices on Stage
S A V E   T H E   D A T E!
Saturday, June 28, 11 AM-3 PM
Sunday, June 29, 11 AM-2 PM

A performance of Lethe, written by Ottavio Solis.
The Tucson Pima Arts Council will bring the nationally acclaimed playwright Octavio Solis together with local and national theatre makers, for a weekend of professional development for theatre artists.

  • Saturday's panel discussion focuses on ways to build bridges of support for Latina/o playwrights in the American theatre community. A second panel will explore the emergence and impact of hip hop and spoken word in contemporary playwriting.
  • Sunday will feature a playwriting workshop with Octavio Solis, followed by a conversation with the playwright on his career.

Additional participants include Paul Flores (performance artist/playwright/spoken word artist), Amalia Ortiz (playwright/producer/performer), Mark David Pinate (Borderlands Theatre Director-in-Residence), Bruce Brockman (UA School of Theatre Director), Diane Rodriguez (Associate Producer/Director of New Play Production at Center Theatre Group, LA, and Theatre Communications Group Board President), Elaine Romero (Arizona Theatre Company resident playwright),David Saar (Founder/Director of Childsplay, Tempe) and Stephen Wrentmore (Arizona Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director).

All events are free, open to the public, and take place at the Tucson Pima Arts Council, located at 100 N. Stone Avenue in Conference Room 109 (see map). If you are interested in participating in the Octavio Solis Workshop, please RSVP to or call 520-624-0595 x10.
This opportunity is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and developed in partnership with the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

Pima Prospers:
Speak Up for County Support of the Arts
Pima County invites your input on a draft comprehensive plan, entitled Pima Prospers, that will guide the region's growth, conservation and community design for decades to come. This is a great chance to voice your support for increased County funding for the arts, in recognition of the role the arts play in improving quality of life and economic vitality (scroll to section 6.5, on p. 89, to learn more). Attend the Open House nearest you:

  • Tonight, Wed. May 28, 6.30-8 PM: Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road
  • Friday, May 30, 10 AM-Noon: Ajo Ambulance Services, 1850 N. Ajo Gila Bend Highway (Ajo)
  • Monday, June 2, 6-7:30 PM: Andrada Polytechnic High School, The Commons, 12960 S. Houghton Road
  • Tuesday, June 3, 6-7.30 PM: Kirk Bear Canyon Branch Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road

For more information, visit the County's website, call 520-885-9009 or email


Only Nine Days Left Until the Lumies!
Buy Your Tickets Online...

Photo: Tom Willett

Date: FRIDAY, JUNE 6th

The Lumies Arts & Business Awards will be held this year in the gardens of the Tucson Museum of Art Plaza. The celebration begins at 6.30 p.m. with a catered reception and cash bar. Patrons will also have a chance to privately tour the Museum's exhibit of contemporary art from Mexico, Miradas. The Awards Ceremony kicks off at 7.30 p.m., with Emcee and Host Ernesto Portillo Jr. All Lumie nominees will be recognized and winners' names announced. To cap the evening, groove and sway to the psychedelic cumbia sounds of local break-out band Chicha Dust.

View this year's stellar line up of Lumie nominees and learn more about their amazing accomplishments.

The $35 ticket price entitles guests to enjoy the reception, exhibit, ceremony and music performance. Those who only want to hear the band will be allowed entry at 8.30 PM for $5. Buy your tickets now or visit our website to learn more.

Special thanks to the generous Sponsors of the Lumies Arts & Business Awards: Cox Communications, Structural Grace, The Loft Cinema, KXCI Community Radio, Tucson Museum of Art, Pan Left Productions, Desert Leaf, Arizona Theatre Company, Supervisor Richard Elías, Clint Mabie & Debi Chess Mabie, Peto & Company CPA's, PLLC, Corky Poster, Rialto Theatre, Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC, Therapeutic Riders of Tucson and Tucson Symphony Orchestra.


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