Playwrights' Center is pleased to welcome Nora Montañez Patterson into the newly created Casting and Producing Associate position. Nora will oversee casting and support workshop production and administration for the dozens of developmental workshops that the Center produces each year.
"I'm thrilled that Nora is joining our artistic team," says Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn. "Nora has been a beloved artist in this community for a long time and has been part of Playwrights' Center as both an actor and a playwright. She brings that unique experience to bear in this new position."
Nora is an Afro-descendent Indigenous Peruvian director, actor, singer, educator and playwright. She was raised in Paterson, NJ, and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In Minneapolis, Nora has performed at Theater Latté Da, Pillsbury House Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Jungle Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Theater Mu, Mixed Blood, and many others. As a director, Nora has directed various productions for Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project, Project Opera at Minnesota Opera and is currently a GreenRoom Staff Facilitator at the Ordway Center. She has been commissioned by Exposed Brick Theatre, Penumbra Theatre (Race Workshop) and Theatre 45°, is currently developing a Driveway Tour show with Open Eye Figure Theatre, and is a part of the creative team in the creation of Protest: A Revolutionary Rock Opus. Nora was a 2018 Next Step Grant recipient, a 20/21 Many Voices Mentee at Playwrights’ Center, a 21/22 Creative Support Grant recipient and 21/22 Artist-in-Residence with the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota. Nora is also the Founder of ALMA (Alliance of Latine Minnesota Artists), which facilitates alliances among the spectrum of Minnesotan Latine artists.