The curatorial focus of the Masterclass series this spring is on artists working at the intersection of film, theatre social change, and the artistic process they employ to create their work.
Masterclass with José Rivera
Thursday, April 8 at 1pm (CT)
Playwright Jose Rivera is the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar. His award winning movie THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES has just been selected by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as one of 25 Latino films for induction into the National Film Registry.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1955 and now living in Los Angeles, Rivera is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, which were both produced by The Public Theater in New York. His plays, Cloud Tectonics (Goodman Theatre), Boleros for the Disenchanted ( Goodman Theatre), Sueño , Sonnets for an Old Century, School of the Americas, Massacre, and Another Word for Beauty have been produced across the country and around the world. Mr. Rivera’s screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005. His screenplay based on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed nationally in the winter of 2013. His film Trade was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Television projects in the works include an untitled HBO pilot, co-written and produced by Tom Hanks, as well as a 10-hour series for HBO tentatively known as Latino Roots. Celestina, based on his play Cloud Tectonics, will mark his debut as a feature film director. He is the writer/director of the short films Lizzy and The Fall of a Sparrow and has recently completed his first novel, Love Makes the City Crumble. He has also written for tv, most recently for PENNY DREADFUL: City of Angels.