LAKIN VALDEZ returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in Zoot Suit. Born and raised in the extended family of El Teatro Campesino, he served as the company’s associate artistic director from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Valdez has written, directed, and performed in countless productions nationally, culminating in work that reflects the rich history and vibrant culture of the US Latino/Chicano community. He is the recipient of two National Performance Network Creation Fund awards and a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Excellence Award, among others. Mr. Valdez most recently performed in Between Riverside and Crazy (American Conservatory Theatre), Swift As Desire (FWD Theatre Project), Oedipus El Rey (San Diego Repertory Theatre), El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse), The River (Campo Santo). Antigone (San Jose Repertory Theatre) and Lydia (Marin Theatre Company). He has also performed with The Public Theater, American Blues Theater, L.A. Theatre Works and El Teatro Campesino.