Carmen Rivera holds an MA in Playwriting and Latin American Theatre from New York University. Her OBIE-Award winning play, La Gringa, just celebrated its 16th year anniversary in repertory at Repertorio Español. It is now the longest running Spanish-language play in Off-Broadway history. Most recently she participated at the Lark Playwrights Center Mexico/ US Exchange program, as a translator. Carmen co-wrote, with Cándido Tirado, Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, (HOLA Award 2008, Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting), which played Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Other Off-Broadway productions include: La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny (2002 ACE Award – Best Production); Julia de Burgos: Child of Water; To Catch The Lightning (1997 Nomination ACE Award – Best Production); The Next Stop (INTAR / Repertorio Español); Under The Mango Tree (INTAR). Other works include: The Magic of the Salsa Kingdom (with director/choreographer Maria Torres); Riding The Bear; Ghosts in Brooklyn; The Loves of our Lives; The Next Cycle; Betty’s Garage; ameRICAN; Delia’s Race; Plastic Flowers; The Power of Words; and Caravan of Death which have appeared at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), La MaMa E.T.C, The Women’s Project and Productions, SOHO Rep, New Georges, New Perspectives Theatre, Martice Enterprises, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Theatre for a New City, National Public Radio (NPR), City Lights Youth Theatre; and in theatre festivals in New York, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, England, Puerto Rico, and Russia. Ms. Rivera is a founding Member of E.P.P. (Educational Play Productions), which brings plays that deal with social issues into the public schools. Publications include: La Gringa (Samuel French, in English and Spanish); Positive Negative: Women of Color and HIV (Aunt Lute); One-Acts at the Women's Project; Women Who Write Theatre (Smith and Kraus) and Nuestro New York (Penguin USA.).