BCC’s 53rd Commencement Address Will be Given by Playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes
Quiara Alegría Hudes is an award-winning playwright. She is the author of Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Water by the Spoonful is the second in a trilogy of plays. The first, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. The third and final installment, The Happiest Song Plays Last, opened April 13, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical In the Heights, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist. In its original Off-Broadway incarnation, In the Heights won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. The touring companies of In the Heights have performed at Puerto Rico's Centro Bellas Artes, LA's Pantages, and Tokyo's International Forum.
Her other works include Barrio Grrrl!, a children's musical that premiered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. in 2009 and toured nationally. The play 26 Miles premiered at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2009 and was published in American Theatre Magazine. Yemaya's Belly, Hudes' first play, premiered at Portland Stage Company and received The Clauder Prize.
Hudes's honors include 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, fellowships at Sundance Theater Institute and the O'Neill Theater Center, and a residency at New Dramatists. The City of Philadelphia honored Hudes with a Resolution in 2011 and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel declared April 27, 2013 "Quiara Hudes Day" in Chicago.
After graduating from public school in Philadelphia, Hudes went on to receive a B.A. in music from Yale University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel.
Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play when she was in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and two children.