Lake Erie College Honors Migdalia Cruz with Distinguished Alumni Award
(Painesville, Ohio) – Migdalia Cruz, a successful international playwright, was chosen as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at Lake Erie College during recent Alumni Weekend festivities. This award is annually given to an alumni who exhibits the strong ideals of learning and success throughout adulthood.
Cruz has made a strong impact on the theatrical world since she graduated from Lake Erie College magna cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree in playwriting in 1980. She went on to earn her master of fine arts degree in playwriting from Columbia University, School of the Arts, in 1984 and has been active as a playwright and lecturer ever since.
Throughout the past 20 years she has written more than 40 plays and co-authored two screenplays. Some of her plays include Another Part of the House, Featherless Angels, Cigarettes and Moby-Dick, Latins in La-La Land and Dreams of Home. Her screenplays are Blank Verse (co-written with Juan A. Ramirez) and Carmen’s Mountain (co-written with Mike Angel Cuesta). Her works have been performed in venues throughout the United States as well as in Athens, London, Mexico City, Vancouver and Montreal and have been published in a number of anthologies.
Cruz has been honored with numerous awards, grants, residencies and fellowships for her works, including more than 20 commissions from distinguished theater companies throughout the U.S. for her plays. She has been writer-in-residence for the Latino Chicago Theater and playwright-in-residence for the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Illinois and the INTAR Theatre in New York. She was a member playwright of New Dramatists, N.Y., and the New York Playwrights’ Lab, and has been a playwriting instructor and lecturer for a number of colleges and universities.
Cruz resides in North Falmouth, Mass., with her husband, James Kent.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 800 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.