Cesar Alvarez

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography

César Alvarez is a New York–based composer, lyricist, playwright, and performance maker. He has written four full-length musicals; released four albums with his band, The Lisps; and composed scores for contemporary dance, plays, and film. His musical FUTURITY received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and four other Lortel nominations. Mr. Alvarez has received two Drama Desk Nominations and a Jonathan Larson Award; is a 2018–20 Princeton Arts Fellow; and participated in the Ucross Foundation Residency Program and Sundance Playwrights Retreat. He co-directed Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects in its New York Premiere at the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival. Recent composition credits include FUTURITY (Soho Rep and Ars Nova, A.R.T, Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA); The Elementary Spacetime Show (FringeArts / UArts, NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience); Washeteria (Soho Rep); and The Foundry Theater’s Good Person of Szechwan (La MaMa, The Public Theater). Projects in development include The Universe is a Small Hat, a multi-player participatory musical (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, The Civilians’ R&D Group), and Noise (commissioned by The Public Theater and NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School). César Alvarez is the founding artistic director of Polyphone, a festival of new musicals at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and received his MFA from Bard College.

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