Discipline: Theatre – performance

Luz Lorenzana Twigg

Discipline: Theatre – performance
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Luz Lorenzana Twigg is an emerging biracial/bicoastal playwright, educator, and community facilitator. She writes towards an integrity of tenderness, healing, and liberation in the Filipinx diaspora and beyond, frequently using her braided blood as fertile ground for decolonial excavation, expression, and complication.

Her plays include The Trouble with Paradise and Electra, a contemporary #metoo adaptation of Sophocles for which she was awarded a Summer Grant from the Stavros Niarchos Institute for Public Humanities and was a 2022 Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

She will be published in Decentered Playwriting, a teaching volume of decolonial playwriting techniques, forthcoming from Routledge Press in Spring 2024. She received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University under the mentorship of Lynn Nottage and David Henry Hwang and currently serves as residency manager for SPACE on Ryder Farm.

While at MacDowell, she worked on an adaptation of America Is In the Heart, the first work Filipino-American literature, for which she was previously awarded Columbia’s Dean’s Grant for travel-related research.

Portrait by Jonathan Barbee



Luz Lorenzana Twigg worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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