(Bio as of November 2022)
Nancy García Loza (Playwright) is an award-winning, self-taught, pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. This year, she received The Joyce Award, as well as the APAP ArtsForward Award, both in collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art. She was most recently recognized by the Dramatists' Guild Council (NYC) with the 2022 Lanford Wilson Award for emerging playwrights. She is a two-time alum of the national Fornés Playwriting Workshop where Rust was originally conceived. She has enjoyed residencies with: Goodman Playwrights Unit & Future Labs, Steppenwolf Theatre & The New Harmony Project, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm Institutional Residency, and more. Her audiodrama, Brava, is available on all podcast platforms (Make-Believe Association, 2019). She is currently under commission/development with Steppenwolf Theatre (Ascent), Goodman Theatre (Rust), Paramount Theatre (Bull: a love story, world premiere, 2022), NMMA (Pénjamo: a Pocha Road Trip story; Macha), and more. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the eldest daughter of seven children. She lives in Chicagolandia and writes in her kitchen. She is Mexican American, no hyphen.