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Alvaro Saar Rios

Alvaro Saar Rios' plays have been performed in New York City, Hawaii, Milwaukee and all over Texas. His play Luchadora! was selected for the 2014 Austin Latino New Play Festival and named one of the 15 best plays of 2014-15 in Milwaukee. Other plays include Seguin: Unsung Texican Hero, One Hot Texican Summer (or the summer I found out I was Mexican), Welcome to Milwaukee/Bienvenidos a Milwaukee, The Crazy Mexican Show and The Mole Hill Stories, a bilingual adaptation of Lois Ehlert's children's books. His one-act musicals Journey to the Rich Coast and Trash or Tunes were co-written with composer John Tanner for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Rios has received commissions from Houston Grand Opera, First Stage Children's Theater, the Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Express Children's Theatre, Houston Community College, The Roberto Hernández Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Talento Bilingüe de Houston and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Rios co-founded The Royal Mexican Players with his wife, Michelle Lopez-Rios. Since 2004, they have created original scripted and devised plays. They have also developed workshops for high schools, colleges and conferences, including Texas A&M University, Palo Alto College, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Texas Thespian State Festival. Their work has been seen in London; Bogota; Washington, D.C.; Houston and Denver. Rios holds an MFA in writing for the stage and screen from Northwestern University. Originally from Texas, Rios currently lives in Chicago, and he is an assistant professor of playwriting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a resident playwright with Chicago Dramatists.

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