Lewis Center Fellows

César Alvarez

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César Alvarez is a New York-based composer, lyricist, and writer. His work lives in the intersection of music, theater, and participatory performance. Alvarez has written four full-length musicals, released four albums with his band The Lisps, and composed scores for contemporary dance, plays and film. His musical Futurity received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, four additional Lortel nominations, and the 2016 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. Alvarez has also received two Drama Desk nominations, a Jonathan Larson Award, and a Sundance/Ucross Fellowship. His recent composition credits include The Elementary Spacetime Show presented at FringeArts/University of the Arts in Philadelphia; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon presented at Soho Rep and Theatre for a New Audience in New York City; Washeteria presented at Soho Rep; and The Foundry Theater's Good Person of Szechwan at LaMaMa and the Public Theater, in addition to Futurity presented at Soho Rep/Ars Nova, American Repertory Theater, Walker Art Center, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. His current works in development include The Universe is a Small Hat, a multiplayer participatory musical at Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Civilians R&D Group, PRELUDE NYC, Babycastles, and Sarah Lawrence College; and NOISE at New York Univesity/Playwrights Downtown. Alvarez is the founding artistic director of Polyphone, a festival of new musicals at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and received his M.F.A. at Bard College.

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