Quique Aviles, originally from El Salvador, has been writing, performing, and leading community arts projects for more than 35 years. He co-founded the LatiNegro Theater Collective, which brought its socially conscious theatre to schools, jails, and community centers. In 1999 he co-founded Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization, where he directed a summer street theater project. His poetry and commentary have been featured on NPR, local public radio, and in several anthologies. He has written and performed 11 one-man shows dealing with issues of race and identity. In addition to his solo work, Quique was a founder and is the current director of Paso Nuevo, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s award-winning youth theatre program.
Graduate: Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 1985
My greatest joy is seeing how, at the end of eight weeks, kids who were shy and wouldn’t talk often become the ones who won’t shut up and who blossom as performers.