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México/United States Playwright Exchange

The Program

This residency brings Mexican writers to the U.S. and American writers to Mexico to work on translations of their work. It is designed to create stage-worthy translations of new works from Mexico and the U.S. The larger purpose is to establish ongoing channels of artistic collaboration and communication between Mexican and U.S. theater artists and their communities.

Playwright Andrea Thome has been the Program Director of the México/U.S. Playwright Exchange since it began in 2006.

The 2016 México/US ConveningMariana Carreño King leads a visioning exercise at The 2016 México/US ConveningAnnie HenkInfo

The Impact

Henry Godinez
At a time when research and development funding is shrinking at major theatres across America, The Lark's México/US Exchange is an especially invaluable resource for the showcasing of vital new voices. These new plays in translation challenge and expand our perceptions of theatrical style and content, and provide an opportunity for cultural exchange with México at a most crucial time.
— Henry Godinez, Resident Artistic Associate, Goodman Theater

The Selection Process

For the U.S. based program, Mexican playwrights make their submissions through Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), our partner in Mexico. Playwrights and plays are chosen by a peer-based selection committee consisting of both Mexican and American artists. Translating playwrights are selected by Lark staff.

For the Mexico based program, American playwrights are selected by Lark program staff and our Mexican partners. Translators are chosen by our Mexican partners.


The México/U.S. Playwright Exchange Program is a collaboration between The Lark and Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (México’s National Fund for Culture and Arts) with support from the Robert Sterling Clark FoundationNew York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.  

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