Jaime Alejandro Cruz

Jaime Alejandro Cruz

Jaime Alejandro Cruz (he/him) is a Mexican-American playwright, podcaster, and multimedia creative raised in Wyoming.

His plays have been produced at the Las Vegas Little Theater, the University of Wyoming, and Rain City Projects, among others. Jaime has created educational plays for young audiences for the Casper Children’s Theater and local high schools. His latest supernatural coming-of-age...
Jaime Alejandro Cruz (he/him) is a Mexican-American playwright, podcaster, and multimedia creative raised in Wyoming.

His plays have been produced at the Las Vegas Little Theater, the University of Wyoming, and Rain City Projects, among others. Jaime has created educational plays for young audiences for the Casper Children’s Theater and local high schools. His latest supernatural coming-of-age screenplay, The Inherited, was a Screamcraft International Semifinalist, as well as a ScriptLab International Quarterfinalist. Jaime’s work has been workshopped and developed at The American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center, Last Frontier Theater Conference, University of Las Vegas, Relative Theatrics, Northwest Playwrights, and others.

To serve fellow independent creatives, Jaime hosts and produces the Arts Calling Podcast, a showcase of artists in the literary, visual, and performing arts. He is also the founder of the Coalition for Digital Narratives, a gathering place committed to short-form storytelling, audio projects, and home of the coalitionworks literary journal. Jaime creates character-driven stories with a penchant for the absurd about family, working-class people, and outsiders. Jaime studied theater performance at Casper College, and playwriting/directing at the University of Wyoming.

Alongside his artistic pursuits, Jaime has over ten years of experience serving in various human services roles, including case manager, workforce specialist, business representative, and multimedia specialist. This community-oriented work influences his projects tremendously.

Plays

  • Happy Talk: A Human Interest Piece
    Local television anchor Lance enters a zoom call anticipating a promotion, while Priscilla, his ruthless superior, has other plans in store for this once promising newscaster. A short piece of commentary on the relentless news cycle and social media's complete disruption of journalistic integrity.

    *Note: This play was intended for zoom productions but adjustments can be made for stage productions.
  • Cuarto # Cuatro (Room # Four)
    Mai, a young Mexican girl and Antonia, her ailing mother, are locked in a room like animals. They have to get out. Guided by her mother and Santo Toribio Romo, the Patron Saint of immigrants, Mai will uncover the truth behind their entrapment, along with her own troubled past.
  • Quebradita
    Quebradita is the story of a Mexican family in small town Wyoming clutching desperately to its values and failed dreams. Consuelo, a mother grieving over the loss of her father, has been tougher than usual on her family. Consuelo’s teenage daughter Valeria, however, is far more interested getting permission to go to the Back to School dance; while Alberto, her father, drinks in secrecy and throws money away on...
    Quebradita is the story of a Mexican family in small town Wyoming clutching desperately to its values and failed dreams. Consuelo, a mother grieving over the loss of her father, has been tougher than usual on her family. Consuelo’s teenage daughter Valeria, however, is far more interested getting permission to go to the Back to School dance; while Alberto, her father, drinks in secrecy and throws money away on a long-shot horse at the local racetrack. A fake ID, a leap out a second story window and an unemployed womanizer named Ramiro lead this family to an evening of secrets revealed, and a devastating realization that perhaps they are better strangers than kin.