Quiara Alegría Hudes
is an American
playwright and author best known for writing the book for the musical In the Heights
, which is currently playing on Broadway
Hudes was born and raised in West Philadelphia
, where she began composing music and writing. She studied music composition at Yale University
, where she earned her B.A., and playwriting at Brown University
, earning an M.F.A. She is a resident writer at New Dramatists and a previous Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. She is married and has a daughter.
In its original Off-Broadway
incarnation, In the Heights
received the Lucille Lortel Award
and Outer Critics Circle Award
for Best Musical; was named Best Musical of 2007 by New York Magazine
and Best of 2007 by the New York Times
; and garnered Hudes an HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting.
Hudes' first play, Yemaya's Belly, received the Clauder Prize, the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, and the Kennedy Center/ACTF Latina Playwriting Award and received numerous productions around the country. Her play, Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 and has been performed around the country and in Romania and Brazil. Her newest play, 26 Miles, will receive its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in the 2008-09 season. She is currently writing a children's musical for The Kennedy Center.
Hudes's first children's book will soon be published by Arthur Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.