Primeras Páginas: Playwriting Workshop

A doodle-style drawing of a pencil

con el maestro Javier Hurtado

June 1 & 2, 2024
at the Issei Memorial Building, 565 N 5th St, San José, CA 95112

Primeras Páginas is a workshop that focuses on unlocking the stories inside us waiting to be told. Participants will learn to trust their imagination and share these stories with an audience for the stage. This workshop focuses on developing and nurturing a new play from the first pages. Participants will produce a series of monologues, poems, and short scenes through exercises and games and learn to sew them together to tell their stories.

The Primeras Páginas Workshop culminated in a public reading where writers shared their new work with guests and the community.

Watch the recording of the reading on Youtube:


Meet the Instructor

A photo of Javier Hurtado.Javier Luis Hurtado is a playwright, director, researcher, and scholar of contemporary Latinx and LGBTQ+ theatre. Over the past twenty years, Javier’s plays and performance work have been produced and developed at Bas Bleu in Fort Collins, CO, AS220 (Providence, RI), Emerson Stage (Boston, MA), Tufts University (Medford, MA), The Culver Center (Riverside, CA), Brava Theatre Center (San Francisco, CA), Teatro Alebrijes (San José, CA), El Teatro Campesino (San Juan Bautista, CA), through the National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA) and at the Goodman Theater (Chicago, IL) and Chicago Dramatists through the Fornes Playwrights Workshop. As an alumnus of the Fornes Playwriting workshop, Javier studied playwriting with Migdalia Cruz. As a two-time Lambda Literary Fellow, Javier also studied under Cherrie Moraga and Robert O'Hara. Javier earned an MFA in Writing for Performance from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Tufts University. Javier is an Assistant Professor of Theater at Colorado State University, where they teach classes in playwriting and directing.