Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel

Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel

Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel (she/they) is a trans Guatemalan artist, born in Guatemala City and raised in Norwalk, CT. Her works are spiritual and physically adventurous narratives driven by dance, poetry, and passionate characters that give Queer BIPOC voices a space to interrogate core wounds and offer them a path towards healing.

Esperanza’s plays have been supported by TheatreWorks Silicon...
Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel (she/they) is a trans Guatemalan artist, born in Guatemala City and raised in Norwalk, CT. Her works are spiritual and physically adventurous narratives driven by dance, poetry, and passionate characters that give Queer BIPOC voices a space to interrogate core wounds and offer them a path towards healing.

Esperanza’s plays have been supported by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Roundabout Theatre, Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, the Stanford Department of Theater and Performance Studies, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival, and New York Theater Workshop. Esperanza is the recipient of the Princeton Ward Prize for Fiction, the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Scholarship, the Paul Greene Award from the National Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center's Latinx Playwriting Award and Paula Vogel Playwriting Award (Finalist), as well as a Relentless Award Honorable Mention for their play Color Boy. Her play Lupe Finds Me in the Garden of Dreams is a finalist for the Leah Ryan Prize, the 2024 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Van Lier Fellowship at Rattlestick Theater, and will be developed through New York Theater Workshop’s 2024 Summer Dartmouth Residency.

Along with writing, Esperanza is an active producer and was one of the 2022 Producing Artistic Directors of the Yale Summer Cabaret, where their collective commissioned and produced an entire season of new plays by Queer BIPOC writers, including Maia Novi’s Invasive Species and a.k. payne’s BurnBabyBurn: An American Dream. Most recently, her monologue, Soledad’s Journey, was featured in Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival’s Bliss: A Collection Commissioned Scenes and Monologues, where it was performed by Indya Moore at the Public Theater.

She is currently a Teaching Artist for the Public Theater, a Drama Teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School, and a Lecturer in Playwriting at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, where she produced the 2024 Carlotta Festival of New Plays. BA: Princeton. MFA: Yale.

Plays

  • Color Boy
    The play follows Miguel, a young, Queer middle school teacher in Los Angeles whose younger self confronts him about a wound he's been ignoring since he quit his color guard team as a teenager. As his younger self becomes louder, Miguel's life in Los Angeles begins to unravel until he can't ignore the past anymore and must heal the wound in order to move forward with his life.
  • When The Party's Over
    During their last few days of undergrad at an Ivy League school, Danny, a Queer first-generation Latinx student comes to terms with personal and familial traumas as they prepare to graduate. A blending of reality, fantasy and hip-hop/modern dance, When The Party's Over explores the way the mind carries, then heals from trauma in an enhanced state.
  • If the Dancer Does Not Dance
    Dance sometimes feels like a slow killing of the mind and body." A group of up and coming competitive dancers trying to break into the industry are cast in a famous choreographers farewell performance. They travel to the middle of the woods to develop the work, with every moment of their destructive artistic journey captured for the world."
  • Crashing
    Enzo has been away in LA trying to make it as an actor for years, and must travel back to Connecticut to reconnect with his family after his mother passes. At the funeral he learns that he has been left custody of Gabe, his younger brother with autism. He takes Gabe on a drive across the country, all the while grieving his mom and other wounds from the past.
  • Spring on Fire: A Guatemalan Story
    Deep in the Guatemalan jungle during the bloody Civil War, a Mayan mother and daughter fight
    to stay together as soldiers from the capital and spirits from the past invade their crumbling
    village. As the war unfolds, each character must confront their beliefs, whether in their Gods,
    their country, or their families, to survive.