César Alvarez - Bio

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CÉSAR ALVAREZ is a New York-based composer, lyricist, playwright, and performance maker. They create large experimental musicals as non-normative possibility spaces for embodiment, inter-dimensionality, socio-political transformation, kinship and coexistence across difference. With a background as a jazz saxophonist, band leader and sound artist, César's work inhabits a liminal space between the worlds of theater, music and performance art. César is a 2018-20 Princeton Arts Fellow and a recipient of The Jonathan Larson Award.

César has written five full-length musicals:

FUTURITY (Soho Rep/Ars Nova, A.R.T, Walker Art Center, Mass MoCA)  2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical and four other Lortel Nominations.

The Elementary Spacetime Show (NYSAF, Polyphone, FringeArts/UArts, NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theater School)

The Universe is a Small Hat, a multi-player participatory musical (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, The Civilians R and D Group, Babycastles, Sarah Lawrence College. Upcoming: Princeton University)

NOISE (a commission of The Public Theater and NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theater School)

The Potluck (a commission of Barbara Whitman and Beth Williams)

César also composed the music for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon (Soho Rep, TFANA. Drama Desk Nomination), The Foundry Theater's Good Person of Szechwan (LaMaMa, The Public Theater. Drama Desk Nomination) and released four albums with The Lisps. In 2015 César co-founded Polyphone, a festival of new and emerging musicals at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. They served as Artistic Director for five seasons.

B.Mus. Oberlin Conservatory
MFA Bard College.

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Contact César at cesar@cesaralvarez.net

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