Nancy García Loza is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. She is currently serving as NNPN Producer in Residence with 16th Street Theater, ushering in the 2019 Pop Up New Play Series. Her audio drama Brava a folktale con música launched Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season this year (The New York Times). This fall, her play Tocaya received a workshop production with UIUC’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and her play WAVE: las olas van y vienen, now a full-length commission, will receive a world premiere with Teatro Leyden in Spring 2020. She is currently under commission from: Goodman Theatre, Make-Believe Association, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, and Teatro Leyden. She is a writer with the Goodman Playwrights Unit and Make-Believe Association. She is a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow, an Artistic Associate with 16th Street Theater, and an Artistic Associate with Teatro Vista. Her select plays include BRAVA: a folktale con música (Make-Believe Association, 2019); MACHA: a pocha sister story (recognized in Steppenwolf’s The Mix list); Tocaya (developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, 2018); Rasca Cielos (developed at Theater on the Lake, 2019). Other companies she has worked with include Something Marvelous, Broken Nose Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Collaboraction, Teatro Vista, Chicago Theatre Marathon, and more. She has enjoyed residencies at: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farms Institutional Residency, the Fornés Playwriting Workshop (’17 and ’18), among others. She is recognized in Newcity Stage Players 2019, as well as, TCG’s American Theatre Magazine Roll Call Series. She is the recipient of ALTA Awards in the categories of: Outstanding Solo Performance, as well as, The Luis Alfaro Leadership Award. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation alum of DePaul University, with a focus on Latin American Studies and Spanish. Her loves include storytelling, corridos y birria.