Lewis Center Past Fellows

César Alvarez

César Alvarez headshot

Photo by Sammy Tunis


César Alvarez is a New York-based composer, lyricist, playwright, and performance maker. They have written five full-length musicals: FUTURITY (Soho Rep/Ars Nova, A.R.T, Walker Art Center, Mass MoCA); The Elementary Spacetime Show (New York Stage and Film, Polyphone, FringeArts/UArts, NYU) The Universe is a Small Hat, a multi-player participatory musical (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, The Civilians R&D Group, Babycastles, Sarah Lawrence College. Upcoming: Princeton University); NOISE (a commission of The Public Theater and NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theater School); and The Potluck. César's musical FUTURITY received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical and four other Lortel Nominations. César also composed the music for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon (Soho Rep, TFANA. Drama Desk Nomination) and The Foundry Theater's Good Person of Szechwan (LaMaMa, The Public Theater. Drama Desk Nomination). César co-founded The Polyphone Festival of New Musicals in 2015 and served as Artistic Director for five seasons. They are a 2018-20 Princeton Arts Fellow and a recipient of The Jonathan Larson Award. They graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and received an M.F.A. at Bard College.


“A Requiem for the Anti-Klan Marchers Killed in 1979” — César Alvarez interviewed after participating in a Nov. 2018 community reading of Emily Mann’s play, Greensboro: A Requiem | Hyperallergic.com, Oct. 28, 2019

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