Tlaloc Rivas is a director, playwright, and theatre-maker who creates, develops and directs new plays focusing on the complexity, diversity and history of Latina/os in the United States and abroad. He also directs bilingual plays, classical and contemporary pieces, and new work by some of America's most exciting writers.
Although based between Iowa City and Pittsburgh, Tlaloc has professional and personal ties to Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and Washington DC.
Tlaloc is a co-founder of the Latina/o Theatre Commons and serves on the Editorial Board of its online platform, Café Onda. He is an Associate Artist with Boundless Theatre Company (NYC) and Merrimack Repertory Theatre's Patriot Program, as well as a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Tlaloc graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz and
received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama.
He is Assistant Professor of Theatre and also teaches within the Latina/o Studies minor at the University of Iowa.