Evelyn Diaz Cruz is an Artist/Activist and Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of San Diego. As a playwright, Evelyn has been produced nationally in San Diego, New York City, and New Jersey. As an educator, she has taken her theatre practice internationally with two study abroad trips to Jamaica, West Indies. Her combination of teaching, theatre making, and community engagement was recognized with a 2017 Moxie Theatre Award for Women with Grit and Determination, a KPBS Local Heroes Award in The Arts, a University of San Diego’s Innovations in Experiential Education, and was featured in USD Magazine as being one of “The Best and the Brightest Professors.”
åAs a playwright, Evelyn’s vision is Latina centric and include: Besito Pa’ Ti (documenting legendary Afro-Caribbean salsa singer “La Lupe”); Muertos: A Day of the Dead Play; an adaptation of Garcia-Lorca’s Yerma (reset in the Afro-Caribbean); and The Sixth Borough, written for inner-city youth in New Jersey and performed in collaboration with Drew University theatre faculty and students. Her award-winning play, Glass Cord, explores the myth of the maternal instinct and ran for three weeks in New York City’s Teatro Latea. As a director, her projects include: 12 Angry Women, dedicated to Trayvon Martin; Katrina: The K Word; and Grapes of Wrath.