Nancy García Loza

Nancy García Loza

Nancy García Loza (she/her) is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. Her audio drama BRAVA: a folktale con música launched Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season this year (The New York Times). Her play Tocaya received a workshop production with UIUC’s Free Armory Theatre in Fall 2019 and her play WAVE: las olas van y vienen, now a full-length, will receive a world...
Nancy García Loza (she/her) is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. Her audio drama BRAVA: a folktale con música launched Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season this year (The New York Times). Her play Tocaya received a workshop production with UIUC’s Free Armory Theatre in Fall 2019 and her play WAVE: las olas van y vienen, now a full-length, will receive a world premiere with Teatro Leyden in Spring 2019. She is currently under commission from Goodman Theatre, Make-Believe Association, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, and Teatro Leyden. She is a writer with the Goodman Playwrights Unit and Make-Believe Association. She is a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow, an Artistic Associate with Teatro Vista, and an Artistic Associate with 16th Street Theater. Her select plays include BRAVA: a folktale con música (Make-Believe Association, 2019); MACHA: a pocha sister story (recognized in Steppenwolf’s The Mix list); Tocaya (developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab, 2018); Rasca Cielos (developed at Theater on the Lake, 2019). Other companies she has worked with include Something Marvelous, Broken Nose Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Collaboraction, Teatro Vista, Chicago Theatre Marathon, and more. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation alum of DePaul University, with a double concentration in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Her loves include storytelling, corridos y birria. She is currently in her second year as NNPN Producer in Residence with 16th Street Theater.

Plays

  • Tocaya
    A lesbian AF summer wedding, a 'ride or die' pocha friendship, a Hollywood house guest. It is August in Chicago, the time of year when pochas crave paletas and the city is melting. Meet Gabi and Sonia, two Mexican American 'carnalas de alma' as they grapple with a wedding, toxicity, and taking leaps. What happens when women strike a match? Which are the vows that last?
  • Brava: a Mexicana folktale con música
    A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, adapted from a Mexican folktale by Nancy García Loza.
    Listen here: https://makebelieve.fm/brava
  • Rasca Cielos
    At five-foot tall, Lilia’s sheer will to build a home in Chicago stands higher than the Sears Tower. We zero in on the moments of her life, from leaving her native Veracruz, to setting her eyes on a red brick building with an emerald green door, to fighting against all odds to hold onto her life and home along Chicago Avenue. This story will weave 'son jarocho' music as we journey into a world where...
    At five-foot tall, Lilia’s sheer will to build a home in Chicago stands higher than the Sears Tower. We zero in on the moments of her life, from leaving her native Veracruz, to setting her eyes on a red brick building with an emerald green door, to fighting against all odds to hold onto her life and home along Chicago Avenue. This story will weave 'son jarocho' music as we journey into a world where the Sears Tower winks and a volcano speaks. What are the Chicago stories that still echo in neighborhoods overcome by gentrification? Where is home? What are we chasing?
  • Macha: a pocha sister story
    A love letter to Mexican American pocha sisterhood. MACHA follows a trio of intragenerational rule-breaking hermanas from the same imperfect 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 chasing straight girls all day. The sisters collide one weekend, when a crisis disrupts their sister pact. What...
    A love letter to Mexican American pocha sisterhood. MACHA follows a trio of intragenerational rule-breaking hermanas from the same imperfect 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 chasing straight girls all day. The sisters collide one weekend, when a crisis disrupts their sister pact. What happens when sisters break promises?
  • Wave: las olas van y vienen
    Dahlia is at the beach, waiting for algo. Adriana is at the park, escaping algo. These mexicanas have an unlikely encounter while helicopteres hover and zoom. How do we find connection and wonder in areas constructed to keep us apart?
  • 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.