Nancy García Loza is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. She is currently an Artistic Associate and NNPN Producer-in-Residence at 16th Street Theater and an Artistic Associate with Teatro Vista. Her play Tocaya will receive a workshop production with UIUC’s Free Armory Theatre in fall 2019. Loza is currently under commission from Make-Believe Association, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Teatro Leyden and more. Her plays include BRAVA: a folktale con música (Make-Believe Association, 2019 and featured in New York Times); MACHA: a pocha sister story (recognized in Steppenwolf’s “The Mix” list); Tocaya (developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Rasca Cielos (developed at Theater on the Lake (2019); 16th Street Theater (2018); and Chicago Theatre Marathon (2017). She has also worked with Something Marvelous, Broken Nose Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Collaboraction, and more. Loza is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation alum of DePaul University, with a double concentration in Latin American Studies and Spanish.