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Richard Montoya


A multi-talented cultural visionary, Richard Montoya is a solo playwright, as well as principal writer for the famed performance trio Culture Clash, which marks its 30th anniversary in 2014. Their landmark play Chavez Ravine, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group in 2003, told the story of a poor man’s hamlet less than two miles from LA’s City Hall and the power within the walls. In 2006 Water & Power continued the conversation and is now a feature film with support from the Sundance Institute and Annenberg Foundation. The works of Culture Clash – Herbert Siguenza, Ricardo Salinas and Montoya – blazed a path for edgy, satirical stage works unflinching in their blending of art and social justice. Clash works include: Radio Mambo, A Bowl of Beings, The Birds, PEACE, Zorro in Hell, Bordertown, Nuyorican Stories and Carpa Clash.

Montoya comes from California poets and painters and is a commissioner for the City of LA serving the Department of Cultural Affairs. His solo works include Federal Jazz Project, The River, Anthems and American Night, his scathing look at the US Immigration crisis, commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the American Revolutions cycle.

Montoya studied at the American Conservatory Theater and makes his home in Echo Park near Dodger Stadium, nestled in the cradle of Chavez Ravine.

Richard Montoya

photo Craig Schwartz

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