Upcoming Events

2017

Your Healing Is Killing Me, Book Release & Tour

Fall 2017


Artist Talk with Blanka Amezkua, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx, NY

May 17, 6-7pm, 928 Simpson St. 6th Floor


Juan Rulfo Birthday Celebration

May 13th 4pm-May14th 4pm at AAA3A (309 Alexander Avenue Apt. 3)

A 24 hour celebration of Juan Rulfo with art, performance, and food.  


Their Dogs Came With Them Artist Residency, Borderlands Theater, Tucson, AZ

April 8-22, 2017


What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing, Yale University, New Haven, CT

March 9, 2017 from 4:30-6:15 p.m. at the Whitney Humanities Center 

On a panel with David Hare, Arthur Kopit, Donald Margulies, Marsha Norman, Jeffrey Sweet, Neil Wechsler. The conversation will be moderated by Yale Press director John Donatich.


DJ Latinidad's Latino Dance Party Directed by Mark Valdez, MACLA, San Jose, CA

Feb. 17-18 8:30pm & Feb 19 at 2pm Directed by Mark Valdez. Playwrights, choreographers, DJs, composers, novelists, and comedians – Dominican, Cuban, Mexican, Chilean, Colombian, Chicano, Nuyorican, and Sotarican – have been commissioned to create pieces that will be sculpted by director and dramaturg Mark Valdez into a theatrical extravaganza collage that reveals a contemporary snapshot of Latinidad. Comprised of commissioned works by Kristoffer Diaz, Michael John Garces, Virginia Grise, Maria Isa, Sean San Jose, and Octavio Solis. 

2016

Their Dogs Came With Them Workshop, Borderlands Theater, Tucson, AZ

Dec. 9-11, 2016


One Minute Play Festival at Intar Theater, NY

Dec. 3 at 9pm, Dec. 4, 2016 5:30pm


Writing for Impossibility, Latino Theater Commons Regional Convening, NY

Dec. 2, 2016 at 10am


Tomorrow is Now! Writing Workshop, JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Nov. 6-28, 2016

Inviting all artists and/or cultural workers, soulsisters and homeboys, those trans to gender and/or genre who want to explore artistic practices rooted in the politics of creating a better world. This Writing for Performance Lab is facilitated by Virginia Grise and is based in convivial methods for radical dreaming and creative political intervention with a particular focus on artistic process, improvisation, and aesthetics. The workshop series will feature guest workshops by cultural workers and artistic innovators including Felipe Teixeira Gonçalves and Kristiana Rae Colón. From quilombos (fugitive settlements in Brazil) to the Freedom Square occupation of urban street corners in the United States of America, join other artists who are actively creating spaces where we can collectively breathe, dream, and imagine a new world into existence.


CalArts Artist in Residence Workshop, Valencia, CA

Oct. 13-24, 2016


Djerassi Writing Residency, Woodside, CA

Sept. 14-Oct. 12, 2016


She She She at the New Ohio Theater Ice Factory Festival, NYC

July 20-23, 2016

Conceived by Carrie Heitman and created by writer Virginia Grise, director Elena Araoz, visual artist Susan Zeeman Rogers and the performing ensemble of Hook & Eye. Buy tickets here:  http://newohiotheatre.org/icefactory2016.htm


Little Theater, at Dixon Place, New York

July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

Curated by Casey Llewellyn as part of the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place. Included performances by Nia Witherspoon, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Cecilia Gentili, and Princess Carter. 


Writing Residency, Athens, Greece

June 2016


Mestiza Power! by Conchi Leon Mora, translated by Virginia Grise, NYC

PEN World Voices Festival, Dixon Place, April 29, 2016 at 7pm


Hedgebrook Writing Residency, Whidbey Island, WA 

April 28-May 17, 2016

Reading at Seattle Rep May 16, 2016

Reading at Hedgebrook May 15, 2016


DJ Latinidad's Latino Dance Party, at Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis, MN

March 4-27, Directed by Mark Valdez. Playwrights, choreographers, DJs, composers, novelists, and comedians – Dominican, Cuban, Mexican, Chilean, Colombian, Chicano, Nuyorican, and Sotarican – have been commissioned to create pieces that will be sculpted by director and dramaturg Mark Valdez into a theatrical extravaganza collage that reveals a contemporary snapshot of Latinidad. Mixed Blood’s reconfigurable space will be gutted to open its doors to a curated event that is more dance party than play. Comprised of commissioned works by Junot Diaz, Kristoffer Diaz, Michael John Garces, Virginia Grise, Maria Isa, Melinda Lopez, Marcela Lorca, Joe Minjares, Kyoung Park, Sean San Jose, Tanya Saracho, and Octavio Solis. 


Rivera-Servera & Martinez Writing Residency, Chicago, IL

March 11-18, 2016


Barrio Stories, Borderlands Theater, Tucson, AZ

March 3-6, for more info: http://www.barriostories.org

Led by Borderlands Theater's Producing Director, Marc David Pinate, the Barrio Stories Project will utilize cross-sector partnerships to collect oral histories from the residents of Tucson’s historic barrios. These narratives will be theatricalized and performed in sight-specific locations. The first iteration of the initiative will focus on Barrio Libre, Tucson’s original Mexican-American enclave that was demolished with the construction of the Tucson Convention Center. In collaboration with Elaine Romero, Martin Zimmerman, Milta Ortiz, and Lydia Otero.


Your Healing is Killing Me, directed by Emily Mendelsohn, at MECA, Houston Texas

March 4 at 8pm & March 5 at 7pm, 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX

This performance manifesto seeks to replace individual self-care with collective self-defense. This is one artist’s reflection on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, near-blindness, ansia, testosterone and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and kickstarter funded self-care. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists. Part performance, part lecture, part therapy (cuz her insurance doesn't cover it) this talk is unprocessed and gluten and guilt free. Because Capitalism is toxic and The Revolution is not in your body butter.


2015

When the Concrete Breaks: A Reading with Helena Maria Viramontes, Casa Azul Bookstore, NY

Dec. 5, 7-9pm


One Minute Play Festival, at Intar Theater, NY

Dec 4-6, 7pm


Writing Workshop Series, at JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Oct. 4-Nov. 29, 2015  This Writing for Performance Lab is facilitated by Virginia Grise and Kyla Searle and is informed by the basic principles of the jazz aesthetic with a particular focus on creative process and artistic risk taking. The workshop series will feature guest workshops by theatrical jazz artists and innovators including Sharon Bridgforth, Erik Ehn, Daniel Alexander Jones, Omi Osun Joni Jones, Carl Hancock Rux, and Ni’Ja Whitson.


An Artist's Statement, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Nov. 11-12, 2015


Barrio Stories, Borderlands Theater, Tucson, AZ

Nov. 7-8, New Play Workshop

Led by Borderlands Theater's Producing Director, Marc David Pinate, the Barrio Stories Project will utilize cross-sector partnerships to collect oral histories from the residents of Tucson’s historic barrios. These narratives will be theatricalized and performed in sight-specific locations. The first iteration of the initiative will focus on Barrio Libre, Tucson’s original Mexican-American enclave that was demolished with the construction of the Tucson Convention Center. In collaboration with Elaine Romero, Martin Zimmerman, Milta Ortiz, and Lydia Otero.


Luminaria, San Antonio, TX

Oct. 23-24, A collaboration between Rafa Esparza, Virginia Grise, and Joe Jiménez commissioned for Luminaria San Antonio, flesh and bone, and from the Earth’s body: how do you pull your own sadness up from the ground? is an intimate site specific performance ritual inspired by Jiménez’s The Presence of Absence and Kites.  


blu at Cara Mia Theater, Dallas, TX

Oct. 3-18, 2015


Sun Ra-Opera and Celebration, BAM Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

Sept. 26, 9pm, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave.

Concept by Fred Ho; Music by Fred Ho, with Marie Incontrera; Libretto by Quincy Troupe; Directed by Virginia Grise; Conducted by Marie Incontrera.

The dynamic jazz ensemble Eco-Music Big Band presents the world premiere of scenes from Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth!, a free-jazz opera by the late activist composer (and Eco-Music Big Band founder) Fred Ho. In this freewheeling odyssey, visionary jazz musician Sun Ra is summoned back to life to save the world from impending destruction brought on by war, global warming, and economic decline.


PEN Mingle, Casa Azul Bookstore, Spanish Harlem, NY

Sept. 23, 6:30-8:30pm


Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Sept. 20, 3pm, Mainstage (Columbus Park)

Whiting Foundation presents Writing for a Live Audience. Tony Award-winner Lisa Kron (Fun Home) talks to Whiting Award-Winning Playwrights Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns), Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and Virginia Grise (blu) about making characters come alive on stage via the page. 


Directing and Ensemble Creation Institute Professinal Peer Exchange, Minneapolis, MN

August 12-18, 2015


Carnaval of New Latino Plays, Chicago, IL

July 23-25, Latino Theatre Commons, De Paul University

For more info: http://howlround.com/announcing-the-2015-ltc-carnaval-of-new-latinao-work


Big Tex Short Play Festival

Let it BURN, Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY, May 24, 7:30pm


Latino/a Utopias, John Jay College, New York, NY

Theater of the Rowdy: Queer Cantinera Performance and Philosophy, April 25, 2:40-3:55

Part of Identification, Disidentification and other Syntheses in New Latino/a Writing.


Southern California Mini-Tour

Graduate Student Luncheon, UCSB South Hall 1613, April 15th, 12noon

Theatre of the Rowdy Performance Talk, UCSB Studio Theater, April 15th, 6pm

Guest Lecture, Carlos Morton's Theater Class, April 16, 12-1:50pm

Kitchen Table Conversation: A Performance Experiment in Radical Dialogue, CalArts, April 16, 5pm

Panza Monologue Book Reading & Signing, Casa de la Raza, 601 East Montecito Street, April 17, 6pm

Your Healing is Killing Me, April 20, UCRiverside INTS 1113, 3-4:30pm

Guest Lecture, Tiffany Lopez's Theater Class, April 21, 12-2pm


Local Author Night, Casa Azul Bookstore, New York, NY

Reading of The Panza Monologues, March 27, 143 East 103rd St., New York, NY, 10029


Tucson Book Festival, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Writing for Performance Workshop, March 14, 2:30-3:30pm, Intergrated Learning Center, Rm 151

Reading of The Panza Monologues, March 15, 1-2pm, Pima County Public Library


Barrio Stories Project, Borderlands Theater, Tucson, AZ

March 1-2, New Play Workshop


blu directed by Marc Pinate, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Feb. 26-March 1, Harold Dixon Directing Studio


Workshop of Making Myth, Alliance Theater, Atlanta, GA

Feb. 18, 2pm, Black Box Theater 


Mini-Residency in Austin, Texas

Feb. 6, Conversation with Prof. Brian Herrera, 2-3:30pm, UT Austin, Winship Bldg. 2.2112

Feb. 7, Writing for Performance Workshop, 1-4pm, MACC @ 600 River St.

Feb. 8, Book Signing & Reading of The Panza Monologues, 5pm, Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 East Cesar Chavez St.


The Panza Monologues produced by Teatro Vivo, Austin, TX

Feb 5 -March 22, Thurs.-Sat. 8pm & Sun. 2pm, MACC @ 600 River St.


2014

The Lark's Mexico-U.S. Playwright Exchange Program, NYC

December 6-12


Reading at Cave Canem

December 3, 6-8:30, 20 Jay Street


Author as Bookseller Event, Casa Azul Bookstore, El Barrio, NY

November 29th, 4:30-6pm

Grise will sell books at Casa Azul Bookstore during Small Business Saturday. Come see what books she recommends for the holidays.


The Foundry Theatre's Free Range Thanksgiving Performance Feast, NYC

November 25th, Details Forthcoming


Intar Theatre's 1 Minute Play Festival, NYC

November 22nd & 23rd, 7pm


Las Marthas Film Screening, Bronx, NY

November 22nd, 7pm, Bronx Documentary Center

Grise will moderate a talkback with Cristina Ibarra, director of Las Marthas.


Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Nov. 21, Writing Workshop & Theatre of The Rowdy Performance Talk


Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Nov. 17, Theatre of The Rowdy Performance Talk

Nov. 18, Guest Lecturer in Cristina Serna's Women's Studies Class


SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

Nov. 17, 6:30 PM, Staged Reading of The Panza Monologues, part of The Identity Series


The Panza Monologues Staged Reading, Riverside, CA

Nov. 13, 7pm, UCR ARTSblock. 


Fordham University, NYC

Nov. 11, 11:30, Guest Lecturer in Daniel Alexander Jones' Theatre Class


Yoni Residency, New York, NY

Nov. 9-15 


The Right to Remain Reading and Closing Reception: A Scientific Soul Session

Oct. 19, 3pm at the Local Project, 11-27 44th Rd,, Long Island City, NY, 11101

Grise directs a reading about resisting community displacement in NYC, part of The Right to Remain Exhibit curated by Diana Perez Ramirez. 


Dat Black Mermaid Man Lady by Sharon Bridgforth, New Dramatists, NYC

Reading, directed by Grise, featuring Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan

Oct. 12th, 12noon 


Panza Monologues Book Release Party, Casa Azul Bookstore, NY

Sept. 13th, 2-4pm


South Texas Panza Monologues Tour

August 24th Private Party at Anel Flores' Home, 2-4pm

August 25th Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, 1-3pm

August 25th Paragraphs Bookstore, 5pm

August 26th Private Party at Victor Santos' Home, 6pm

August 27th Performance at UT-PanAm, 6pm

August 28th Workshop at UT-PanAm, 1pm


YONI Residency, Berkshires, MA

June 29-July 6


Theatre of the Rowdy Performance Talk at Cal State Fullerton

April 29, 4pm HUM 322


BLT Salon Reading, Brooklyn, NY

April 26, 7pm curated by R. Erica Doyle & Melody Nixon


Residency at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

March 26, From Panzas to Prisons Talk at ASU

March 26, Performance at the Herberger Theatre

March 29, Reading at Perryville Women's Prison


Reading at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

March 22nd, 8pm, with Florinda Bryant, Emmanuel Ortiz, Nimo Farah and DJ Nak


Women's History Month Reading at UTSA, San Antonio, TX

March 17, 12noon, Center Bexar Room 1.102


American Literature Symposium's The Latino/a Literary Landscape, San Antonio, TX

March 7, 9am, Panel Presentation


World Premiere of The Architecture of Becoming, NYC

February 28-March 23rd New York City Center, Stage II


Workshop Production of Making Myth, New Georges, NYC

The Room Feb. 16-18th, 7pm


2013

Visting Artist at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Performance of Body, A Body of Performance Wednesday, October 23, 4:30-6pm GS258 Reading of rasgos asiaticos October 24, 7pm Shwartz Center for the Performing Arts


Reading of Mestiza Power
! by Concepcion Leon Mora, translated by Virginia Grise, Chicago, IL

Goodman Theatre, Saturday, July 13th at 6 p.m.


Summer Wave Workshop Writing and Dance Theatre Workshop, Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University, May 31-June 3  


corn does not grow in the museum Brooklyn, NY

Performed by Toussaint Jeanlouis, part of the Spring Cycle Highly Impractical Theatre/Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY) May 4, 7-9pm