Nancy García Loza

Nancy García Loza

Nancy García Loza (she/her/hers) is a Mexican American pocha playwright rooted in Chicago and Jalisco. She is co-founder and playwright with ALTA Chicago’s El Semillero: Latinx Playwrights Circle since 2014. Her inaugural play, MACHA: a pocha sister story, was a 2017 finalist for the Theater on the Lake In The Works: New Play Commission. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Theatre Marathon, PEACEBOOK (...
Nancy García Loza (she/her/hers) is a Mexican American pocha playwright rooted in Chicago and Jalisco. She is co-founder and playwright with ALTA Chicago’s El Semillero: Latinx Playwrights Circle since 2014. Her inaugural play, MACHA: a pocha sister story, was a 2017 finalist for the Theater on the Lake In The Works: New Play Commission. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Theatre Marathon, PEACEBOOK (Collaboraction & Goodman), Saints & Sinners (Collaboraction & Steppenwolf), Black Ensemble Theater (a Community Fighting the Ism's), Joe’s Pub at The Public (NYC), Encounter Festival (Collaboraction & Theater on the Lake), Paula Vogel’s National UBU Bake-Off (Victory Gardens Theater), and more. In early 2018, she joined HBMG Foundation in Creede, CO for the 2018 National Winter Playwrights Retreat for a workshop and reading of MACHA. In 2017, she was invited to participate in the Fornés Playwriting Workshop (Notre Dame - Greenhouse Theater) and the SWARM artists' residency. This May, she makes her California debut at the New Works Lab Festival celebrating Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble's 15th anniversary with a presentation of her short play Jets, Sharks, and Beckys. Check out her new full-length play Hollywood G.T. Oh during the 2018 El Semillero Public Reading Series of New Work at Victory Gardens - a work she began writing during El Semillero's 2018 Institutional Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Later this summer, her work will appear in Broken Nose Theatre's Bechdel Fest 6, presented in partnership with Steppenwolf's LookOut series.

She is a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow (2018-20), an Artistic Associate with Teatro Vista, an NNPN Producer In Residence with 16th Street Theater, an Artistic Associate with 16th Street Theater, and the Co-Creative Director of The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists in Chicago. In 2018, she was recognized in TCG’s American Theatre Magazine Roll Call Series: 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know. Look out for her upcoming interview on 50 Playwrights Project later this year.

Plays

  • MACHA: a pocha sister story
    A love letter to imperfect Mexicana Americana sisterhood. MACHA, a trauma-comedy, follows three intragenerational rule-breaking hermanas from the same chaotic family. Julia is in her 30s working hard for everyone but herself, Elena is in her 20s juggling fuckbois and a pre-med program, and Lucy is in high school getting straight A's and chasing straight girls all day. The sisters collide one Sunday, when a...
    A love letter to imperfect Mexicana Americana sisterhood. MACHA, a trauma-comedy, follows three intragenerational rule-breaking hermanas from the same chaotic family. Julia is in her 30s working hard for everyone but herself, Elena is in her 20s juggling fuckbois and a pre-med program, and Lucy is in high school getting straight A's and chasing straight girls all day. The sisters collide one Sunday, when a crisis disrupts their sister pact.
  • Jets, Sharks, and Beckys
    Right now. The waiting area of an audition room, two chairs, and a closed door. Sonia and Isabelle wait to audition for roles in West Side Story, one is grounded and preparing according to her ritual, the other determined to remove any obstacles, including ethical dilemmas. Beyond the door, an ambitious casting associate is just trying to get to the end of the day.