Nora Montañez is an Afro-descendent Indigenous Peruvian playwright, producer, performer, educator and director. She was raised in Paterson, NJ and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In Minneapolis, Nora has performed at Theatre Latte Da, Children’s Theatre, Jungle Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Theatre Mu, Mixed Blood and many others. In Chicago, Nora has worked with Teatro Vista, Congo Square, Chicago Dramatist and Court Theatre. Nora has been commissioned by Penumbra Theatre (Race Workshop), Theatre 45° and Exposed Brick Theatre. She was a 2018 Next Step Grant recipient and a 2020 Many Voices Mentee with the Playwrights Center. Nora is also the Founder of ALMA (Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists), which facilitates alliances among the spectrum of Minnesotan Latinx artists.
Sabor A Mi is an autobiographical play that traces Nora's personal immigrant journey and told through Latin American music.
"A disheveled Marlene returns to her one-bedroom apartment to find herself isolated. What was thought to be a night in takes a sudden turn by the ringing of her buzzer and three old friends organize an impromptu house party. However, nothing makes sense to Marlene. What year is it? Is she dreaming. Marlene is trying to make sense of it all while being caught between was is reality and was is fantasy.”
La Comadre, is a Puerto Rican woman who has been living in Paterson, New Jersey since she arrived from la Isla. She is the matriarch of her community which is why she decides to throw a goodbye party for one of the community members. Told through Latin American music and highlighted through projections, we attend the evening festivities and view how La Comadre balances hosting and protecting her barrio.
The University of Minnesota Department of Chicano and Latino Studies Artist-in-Residence committee has announced their 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Nora Montañez Patterson.