César Alvarez is a composer, lyricist, performer and writer. His band, The Lisps, has released four albums and played hundreds of shows around the country since 2005. Recent composition credits: Futurity directed by Sarah Benson (Soho Rep/Ars Nova, A.R.T., Walker Art Center, Mass MoCA); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon (Soho Rep, TFANA – Drama Desk Nomination); Washeteria (Soho Rep); The Foundry Theater’s Good Person of Szechwan (LaMaMa, Piblic Theater – Drama Desk Nomination); Mac Wellman’s 3 2’s; or AFAR (Dixon Place), Full Still Hungry for Contra-Tiempo (Ford Amphitheater, Dance Motion USA). In development: The Universe is a Small Hat, a multi-player participatory musical (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Civilians R&D Group, PRELUDE NYC, Babycastles, Sarah Lawrence College), The Elementary Spacetime Show (Ars Nova Uncharted, EST/Sloan Commission, Polyphone Festival) and Castro with Lucas Hnath (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor and Space at Ryder Farm). César is an Artist-In-Residence at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Artistic Director of Polyphone, a festival of the emerging musical at UArts. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and received his M.F.A. at Bard College.
The Larson Legacy Concert Series at AUPAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT Jonathan Larson (’82). Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theatre with The Jonathan Larson Grants. Each year, select recipients of these grants will be showcased at AUPAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grey Gardens, Next To Normal, Elf, Hands on a Hardbody, A Christmas Story and many more.
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