María Irene Fornés is one of the most influential Latina playwrights in the United States. Her career spans over forty years of excellence as a playwright, director, and teacher from the 1960's to the early twenty-first century. She has written over forty plays and has received numerous awards.
She has nine Obie awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York State Governor's Arts Award, and the first Mujeres Advancing Culture, History and Art Award for outstanding achievement in mentoring emerging Latina writers.
"In the work of every American playwright at the end of the 20th century, there are only two stages: before she has read Maria Irene Fornes and after."
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