Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Jáquez

Director, Theater-Maker, Translator, Mexican Folk Choreographer

Leadership | Directing Credits | Assistantships/Observerships

Leadership

CO-FOUNDER, Core Leader of TuYo TheatreDirector of the San Diego/Tijuana Playwright Exchange, San Diego, CA (2018–)

INTERIM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of MILAGRO Theatre, Portland, OR (2015-2016) 

Artistic TRUSTEE Diversionary Theatre ( 2020–), San Diego; Inaugural Classical DIRECTING FELLOW at The Old Globe, San Diego, CA (2019); DIRECTOR of UNIT52Intar Theatre’s acting company in training (2013–2015) NYC

ASSOCIATE ARTIST at Miracle Theater in Portland, OR (2000+), Teatro V!da in Springfield, MA (2010+) and Intar Theater in NYC (2012+)

Co-founder, ARTIST DIRECTOR and Choreographer of Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre (NYC: 2003–2011) 

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER of the NewWorks Lab Festival at INTAR Theatre and The Kirk Theatre (NYC: 2003–2006): Undone by Andrea ThomeI’m With Mauricio by Daniel Zelazko; 3 to a Session by Desi Moreno-Penson; Gray Sun by Nilaja SunCamino/Montaña by David Anzuelo; Animus by Noemí Martínez-Cress; With love, Gabe by Ed Cardona Jr.; The Undoing of Berta by Cyn Cañel Rossi; 20 Shadows by Cusi Cram

EDUCATION  MFA in DIRECTING from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard-2000; ArtEquity Facilitator training; Cornerstone’s Two-Day Intensive; SITI training in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition; NDI Teacher Training; Certificates in ACTING from American Academy of Dramatic Arts and from Circle in the Square; BS in MATHEMATICS from the University of Texas; ACTUARIA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Licensed Massage Therapist

TEACHING EXPERIENCE  Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College; Teaching Fellow at Harvard University; Guest Artists/Teacher at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College; Many community workshops in dance and theatre. Math coach

MEMBER of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee; Advisory committee The Lark  US/Mexico Playwright Exchange; Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; NoPassport, a Pan-American theatre coalition; Artistic TRUSTEE Diversionary Theater

PANELIST, etc: LATC Encuentro 2014, NEA, TCG, New Dramatists, NYSCA, DCA, LMCC, CUNY/NoPassport, The Lark Play Development Center, Oregon Humanities Conversations, Alliance for Artists Communities

TRANSLATIONS of award winning Mexican writers: Camila Villegas’s Ramrámuri Dreams (aka Jacinto y Nicolasa), Mario Cantú’s Pinche India, David Olguín’s Belize and Murderers; Alejandro Ricaño’s Pork Kidneys To Soothe Despair and Fractals; Luis Ayhllón’s Leaving

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Theater Work

2021

Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega in Adaptation/Translation by William S. Gregory and Daniel Jáquez for The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival. San Diego, CA

2020

Into The Beautiful North by Karen Zacarías from the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea at University of  Texas at El Paso. Production cancelled

The INGENIO 2020 Milagro Theatre’s Live Virtual Theatre Festival. Dramaturg on Milagro’s The Play You Want by Bernardo Cubría and Producer on TuYo Theatre’s Saints Go Marching by Matt Barbot

Columbia University School of the Arts’ International Play Reading Festival. Rarámuri Dreams (aka Jacinto y Nicolasa) by Camila Villegas translated by Daniel Jáquez

2019

Full of feeling, music, magic, and wonder, the play is about the power of second chances in life, and I know that in Daniel Jáquez’s inventive and energetic production it will touch audiences deeply, even as it fills them with laughter and joy.

Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, re: The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare, The Old Globe’s Arts Engagement’s Globe for All touring production. San Diego, CA

Pastorela 2.0 by Mabele Reynoso. Choreographer and Producer of TuYo Theatre’s production at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

True to the highly polarizing divisiveness of our times, audience members might to be inclined to take sides in the play’s neighborly feud. True to the wisely even-handed script, though, visiting director Daniel Jáquez’s pitch-perfect Aurora show is uncompromising in its refusal to — and all the more power to him for that.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Native Gardens

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville/Atlanta, GA

Hermanas (Sisters) by Daniel Jáquez. A commissioned devised piece (Spanish and English versions) with the City Heights community to celebrate Day of the Dead. An Old Globe Arts Engagement coLAB production. San Diego, CA

Rarámuri Dreams (aka Jacinto y Nicolasa) by Camila Villegas translated by Daniel Jáquez for the Lark’s US/Mexico Playwright Exchange, NYC 

Our Dad is in Atlantis/Papá esta en la Atlántida by Javier Malpica and translation by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas. A TuYo Theatre bilingual workshop production at Woodbury University School of Architecture. San Diego, CA

Bad Hombres by Herbert Siguenza, for The Finish Line: Cygnet Theatre’s New Play Series. San Diego, CA

Just Like Us by Karen Zacarias. Reading at OnStage Playhouse’s Education Series. Chulavista, CA

2018

Wolf at the Door by Marisela Treviño Orta. NNPN Rolling World Premiere at New Jersey Repertory in Long Branch, NJ

El Gran Día de la Madre (in Spanish) by Chascas Valenzuela and Julián Quintanilla at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville/Atlanta, GA

Bad Hombres by Herbert Siguenza for San Diego REP’s Latinx New Play Festival, San Diego, CA

Generic Hispanic by Noemí de la Puente for New Village Art’s initiative Teatro Pueblo Nuevo, Carlsbad, CA

2017

INGENIO Milagro Play FestGuest Host Artist for Valentino and the Chilean Heiress by Guillermo Reyes, I Kissed Chavela Vargas by Monica Palacios, Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta and Los Dreamers by Mónica Sanchez. NYC

Death Rests in Peace (La Muerte descanza en paz) by Daniel Jáquez. A commissioned devised piece (Spanish and English versions) with the City Heights community to celebrate Day of the Dead.  An Old Globe Arts Engagement coLAB production. San Diego, CA

Señorita 744890 by Mariana Carreño King

Amigos del REP Latinx Play readings: Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez and Just Like Us by Karen Zacarias. San Diego Rep, San Diego, CA

2016

Into The Beautiful North by Karen Zacarías from the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea at Milagro Theatre. National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere, Portland, Oregon

Señorita 744890 by Mariana Carreño King at Repertorio Español, NYC

2015

Las Cuatro: Excerpts from plays by Migdalia Cruz, Virginia Grise, Diane Rodriguez and Amparo Garcia Crow.  Latinx Theatre Commons’ CarnavalDePaul University, Chicago, IL

Satyricoño by Migdalia Cruz at Intar’s Unit52 NewWorks Lab, NYC

Mine Water by Csaba Székely translated by Maria Albert for hotINK at The Lark Play Development Center, NYC 

2014

Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants by Mariana Carreño King at Los Angeles Theatre Center’s Encuentro2014 (Premiere) Los Angeles, CA

The Prisoner by Mariana Carreño King, staged readings at Labyrinth Theatre’s Summer Intensive and Rising Circle’s INKtank, NYC

Marfa Lights by Octavio Solis at Intar’s Unit52 NewWorks Lab, NYC

Murderers/Los asesinos by David Olguín translated by Daniel Jáquez for hotINK at The Lark Play Development Center, NYC 

2013

Mía by Amaranta Leyva Perez Gay translated by Carmen Rivera, for Lark’s US/Mexico Word Exchange, NYC

Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants by Mariana Carreño King at Intar’s Unit52 NewWorks Lab, NYC

Dance for a Dollar (World Premier) by Daniel Jáquez and Mariana Carreño King at Miracle Theatre, Portland, OR

Checking In by Camilo Almonacid a staged reading for the MFA program at Hunter College, NYC 

One Minute Play Festival plays by Migdalia Cruz, Vicky Grise, Flor De Liz Perez, Mando Alvarado, Michael Garcés, Kris Diaz, Richard Montoya, José Rivera, Matt Olmos, chris oscar peña at INTAR, NYC

2012

Muerte Súbita by Sabina Berman (ACE nomination for Best Production) at the Gershwin Hotel, NYC and Mexico tour

Mestiza Power by Concepción León translated by Virginia Grise, for Lark’s US/Mexico Word Exchange, NYC

One Minute Play Festival plays by Julissa Contreras, Candido Tirado, J Julian Christopher, Michael Garcés and Caridad Svich at INTAR, NYC

2011

Dance for a Dollar by Daniel Jáquez and Mariana Carreño at INTAR NewWorks Lab, NYC

Pork Kidneys to Soothe Despair by Alejandro Ricaño translated by Daniel Jáquez, for Lark’s US/Mexico Word Exchange, NYC

2010

Alaska by Gibrán Portela translated by Migdalia Cruz, for Lark’s US/Mexico Word Exchange, NYC

blu by Virginia Grise at Yale Repertory for the Yale Drama Series Award in New Haven, CT                

Rumors of a New Day by Magdalena Gómez, Teatro V!da at CityStage, Springfield, MA   

Dante & Lino by Jerry Ruiz, part of One Night in The Valley at Intar Theatre, NYC                                                 

Calpulli at World Fest –  Silver Dollar City, MO two fully produced dance touring shows (12 dancers, 6 musicians) distilled from existing repertoire

2009

Dance for a Dollar by Daniel Jáquez for Calpulli Dance Theatre at Queens Theatre in the Park, NYC

Take the Zen Train, a new jazz composition by Fred Ho for the Harvard Office of the Arts performed at Lowell Hall, Cambridge, MA

Calpulli at Festival of Nations – Dollywood, TN two fully produced touring shows (12 dancers, 6 musicians) distilled from existing repertoire

2008

Las Meninas by Ernesto Anaya translated by Migdalia Cruz, Lark’s US/Mexico Word Exchange, NYC

Present, Past, Passion, a show encompassing ancient rituals of the Aztecs and the Tarahumara indians as well as traditional celebrations of dance, theatre and music presented at Queens Theatre in the Park, NYC

Te Llevo en la Sangre (in Spanish) by Monica Silver at the Miracle Theatre in Portland, OR

Calpulli at Festival of Nations – Dollywood, TN two fully produced touring shows (8 dancers, 4 musicians) distilled from existing repertoire

Calpulli at Symphony Space, new choreography commissioned by composer Arturo O’Farrill for his latin jazz concert Música Nueva at Symphony Space, NYC

2007

Rosalva y los Llaveros (in Spanish) by Emilio Carballido at the Miracle Theatre in Portland, OR

Juana, Mad Queen of Spain (my own adaptation of Falsa Crónica de Juana la Loca) by Miguel Sabido for Teatro Bravo at the John Paul Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.  Also, in English, at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

2006

Pleasure & Pain by Chantal Bilodeau translated by Silvia Peláez, part of The Lark’s US/Mexico Word Exchange, NYC

Mexico: Heart and Soul, A multimedia production highlighting the poems and lyrics of famous Mexican writers and composers presented at Queens Theatre in the Park, NYC

Animus by Noemí Martínez-Cress, part of INTAR’s NewWorks Lab at The Kirk Theatre, NYC 

Calpulli at Carnegie Hall, a family concert created in collaboration with composer Ernesto Villa-Lobos based on traditional Mexican repertoire presented at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium 

2005

Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega (I adapted and translated it with William S. Gregory) at The Miracle Theatre in Portland, OR 

Retratos y Corridos: Images and songs from an era of Revolution, inspired by traditional music and photography by Casasola from the Mexican Revolution at El Museo del Barrio, NYC

Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz for Speakeasy Stage at the Boston Center for the Arts

2004

Daniel Jáquez, achieves the lewd, grotesque wit and violence of a George Grosz painting…

—The New York Times on Lobster Face (or the shame of Amanda Cockshutt)

Lobster Face (or the shame of Amanda Cockshutt) (Premier) by Magdalena Gómez (I also produced it) at INTAR 53 Theatre, NYC

Halves by J. Holtman, a new play for Vital Theatre’s This is You Brain On… festival, NYC

Tiempo de Cempazuchitl, created in collaboration with the company based on the Day of the Dead festivals in Mexico presented at Queens Theatre in the Park, NYC & on tour 

2003

Yemaya’s Belly by Quiara Alegría Hudes, a new play at South Coast Rep’s Hispanic Play Project, Costa Mesa, CA

Twelfth Night by Shakespeare at Freehold Theater, Seattle, WA 

Artists Rep’s production, directed by Daniel Jáquez rises and falls like the gentle insistence of lapping waves…It’s a clear, clean production and constantly engaging for the power of its story-telling.

The Oregonian

Two Sisters and a Piano (DRAMMY Award) by Nilo Cruz at Artists Rep Theater, Portland, OR

2002

Living History 2002 at the INTIMAN, Seattle, WA

Daniel is a respectful and open collaborator. He was extremely flexible and diligent in the LIVING HISTORY process, where much is created in rehearsal…

Robin Lynn Smith, Freehold Studio Founder and Artistic Director RE: Intiman Theatre’s Living History

La Chunga by Mario Vargas Llosa at The Miracle Theater, Portland, OR 

Lobster Face (or the shame of Amanda Cockshutt) Workshop at South Coast Rep’s Hispanic Play Project, Costa Mesa, CA in 2002

El Delantal Blanco by Javier Vodanoviç and Parece Mentira by Xavier Villaurrutia at CTG Studio Theater in Greensboro, NC

Pounding Nails In the Floor With My Forehead by Eric Bogosian at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

2001

Icarus (DRAMMY for Outstanding Direction) by Edwin Sánchez at The Miracle, Portland, OR

The Pelican by August Strindberg a self-produced experiment presented at Manhattan Theater Source and 78th St Theater

Young Lady from Tacna by Mario Vargas Llosa for McCarter Theater’s Other Fires, Princeton, NJ

2000

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll by Eric Bogosian for the Stanley B. Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA 

Chekhov On Ice (Premier) by Robert Brustein for The Boston Playwrights’ Theater 

1998–2000

American Repertory Theatre Institute: Full productions of: A Question Of Mercy by David Rabe; The Great God Brown (my adaptation) by O’Neill; 27 Wagons Full Of Cotton by Williams (in Russian); A Lesson From Aloes by Athol Fugard; Crossroads by Carlos Solórzano; The Forceps by Román Chalbaud

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Dance for a Dollar

Assistantships / Observerships (partial list)

ROBERT WOODRUFF,  JEAN PIERRE VINCENT,  KAMA GINKAS,  MARCUS STERN,  ANDREI SERBAN,  ALVIN EPSTEIN,  FRANCOIS ROCHAIX,  ROMAN KOZAK

Full Circle by Charles Mee; Homme Pour Homme by Brecht (France); The Duel created by Kama Ginkas (Russia); The Marriage Of Bette And Boo by Christopher Durang; The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare; Twelfth Night by Shakespeare; La Fete De Vignerons created by F. Rochaix (Switzerland); The Blue Bird by Meaterlinck (Russia)

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