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Carlos-Manuel Chavarria, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor, Theatre
M.F.A., Arizona State University, 2007

Office: Alumni 209

Carlos-Manuel is currently the Director of the Theatre Program and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bellarmine University. As a playwright, Carlos-Manuel’s work focuses on the US/Latino experience, the Jot@ experience, and social justice issues. Carlos-Manuel has penned many 10-minutes, one-acts, children’s plays, one-man shows, and full-length plays. Aside from performing, directing, and playwriting, Carlos is the creator and producer of “Teatro Latino Conversations,” a monthly podcast dedicated to Latino theatre artists from across the nation, with the goal of creating a digital archive for and about the existence of US/Latino Theatre. Carlos is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Dramatist Guild of America, and a member of La Associación Mexicana de Investigadores Teatrales.

He has published several short stories, and also several interviews about playwriting. “Esno White,” a bilingual children’s play, was published in 2004. The one-man show “La Vida Loca” was published in 2010. “Creation,” a short poetic/movement, was published in 2011. Upcoming publications include as editor, an anthology of Chicano plays titled Vaqueeros, Calacas, and Hollywood, which will include his full-length play “Vaqueeros,” by Bilingual Press. His play “Lloronas” will be published in an anthology titled Staging Heritage on Stage, by Lion and Seagoat Press. “La Vida Loca” and an essay, “Immigrant, Maricón and Mexican: Any Questions?” will appear in an anthology titled Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, by Cognella Publishing. Finally, his essay “Joteria for Social Change and Awareness: Why I Write,” is forthcoming in a dossier on Chican@ Voices.

Carlos-Manuel’s most recent projects are “Vaqueeros: Macho Secrets with Tequila,” a one-man show, which recently had a staged reading at a Queer Latin@ Conference hosted at the University of New Mexico. His full-length play Frida Kahlo: A Portrait was produced at Bellarmine University in 2012. “Cinco de Mayo,” a one-act, will have a staged reading at Brescia University, in Owensboro, KY. More information about Carlos Manuel can be found on his website:

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