Amparo Garcia-Crow

Biography

Amparo Garcia-Crow is a multi disciplinary artist who acts, sings, directs and writes plays, screenplays and songs. As a playwright, Garcia-Crow has been developed at South Coast Repertory Theatre and has had world premiers Off-Broadway, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Latino Chicago and various theatres and universities in the Southwest.

Most recently, she was an artist in residence with NYC's Mabou Mines developing "Strip" a new musical. She is also in development with i25 Productions in Los Angeles with screenplay "Appeal" and "Unknown Soldier: The New American Musical of Mexican Descent" which was recently featured in Hector Galen's documentary: "Visiones (Visions): Latino Art and Culture" on PBS.

Her most recent film "Death Rattle" which she wrote and produced recently premiered at the Los Angeles Latino International and Cine las Americas. Her half hour film, "Loaves and Fishes" (which she also stars in) aired on the PBS series "Territories", after premiering at the SXSW Film Festival and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

A former James Michener Fellow, Amparo won the Larry King Playwright Award for her play, "Cocks Have Claws and Wings to Fly" and most recently the national Mae West Festival's "Best Female Protagonist" award for her play "Esmeralda Blue: La Mujer Moderna". As an actress Amparo has performed at the Kennedy Center and other regional theatres in the Southwest. Representative roles have included: Dolores Huerta (Cesar and Ruben), Marisol (Marisol); Luz (Unmerciful Good Fortune); Carla (In the West); she has also been a reoccurring character in the children's PBS series WISHBONE as well as starring in various independent films, commercials and industrials.

As a director, Amparo has received the prestigious NEA/TCG Director's Fellowship and worked on new play development at various theatres including the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She is presently directing "Queen Weird" Aralyn Hughes in a year long series of solo performances called "Aralyn's Home Economics presents..." in which a lifetime of work is presented first on stage, then on film in a documentary by the same title. She has also produced independent musical releases of her musical compositions and been a Master Acting teacher for the MFA Acting program at the University of Texas where she also taught directing and playwrighting. Most recently, she served as the inaugural Program Manager and designed the grand opening for the City of Austin's new sixteen million dollar Mexical American Cultural Center. A collection of her work entitled: "Between Misery and the Sun: The South Texas Plays" which were published by No Passport Press in February 2009.