Quiara Alegría Hudes


    Quiara Alegría Hudes is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright whose work has been produced around the globe, from Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, to Off-Broadway’s Second Stage, to London’s Southwark Playhouse, to translated productions in Armenia, Germany, Brazil, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, and beyond.

    Her plays include The Happiest Song Plays Last, Water by the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Elliot A Soldier’s Fugue (Pulitzer Finalist), and the book of the Broadway musical In the Heights (Pulitzer Finalist, Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award).

    A passionate teacher, Hudes is honored to be the Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Writing and Theatre at Wesleyan University, where she teaches playwriting. She is an artist-in-residence at Signature Theatre, where she will premiere three new plays over the next five years. Previously, she was a Page 73 Playwriting Fellow and a resident writer at New Dramatists. Other honors have included the United States Artists Fontanals Fellowship, the Joyce Fellowship at the Goodman Theatre, the Aetna New Voices Fellowship at Hartford Stage, the Roe Green Award at the Cleveland Playhouse, and fellowships at the Sundance Theater Institute and the O’Neill Theater Center. March 16, 2014 was named “Quiara Alegría Hudes Day” in the City of Philadelphia and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel declared April 27, 2013 “Quiara Hudes Day” in Chicago. She was featured in “Latinas of the Year” in Latina Magazine.

    After graduating from public school in Philadelphia, Hudes received a B.A. in music composition from Yale University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. She was recently inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame--in the first group of women to receive this honor since the school’s founding in 1836.

    Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She lives in New York with her husband and children.