NKU Hosts Pulitzer Prize Winner, IN THE HEIGHTS Screenwriter

NKU_Quiara Alegria HudesHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts (SOTA) will be hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in NKU’s Corbett Theatre. As part of the SOTA Summit Series, her presentation, entitled “Art as Mayhem, Joy, Rebellion, and Home,” will be a rare opportunity for the community to interact with an esteemed member of the national and international arts and literary community. The event is free and open to the public.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a Philly-born-and-bred word warrior. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Water By the Spoonful; author of a critically-acclaimed memoir, My Broken Language; and screenwriter of the major motion picture In the Heights and Netflix’s animated feature Vivo. Hudes co-wrote the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda and off-Broadway’s Miss You Like Hell with Erin McKeown. Her notable essays include High Tide of HeartbreakI Owe An Apology to America’s English Learners, #OurMothersToo, and Corey Couldn’t Take It Anymore. In opposition of the carceral state, Hudes and her cousin founded Emancipated Stories so people behind bars could share one page of their life story with the world. As a barrio feminist and joyous mischief maker, Quiara y su hermana created the Latinx Casting Manifesto.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu. 

About SOTA: The Art & Design, Music, and Theatre & Dance programs make up the School of the Arts, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Through quality interdisciplinary education, scholarship, and civic engagement, SOTA provides high-quality education for students interested in developing creatively. In addition to advancing creative skills through small class sizes with innovative curriculum and award-winning instructors, students develop expertise in the qualities most in-demand for today’s changing career landscape. For more information, visit sota.nku.edu. 


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