Alvaro Saar Rios is a writer & a performer.  He holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University and is the co-founder of The Royal Mexican Players.  Mr. Rios is the author of Luchadora!The Crazy Mexican Show, One Hot Texican Summer(or the summer I found out I was Mexican), and The Mole Hill Stories, a bilingual adaptation of children's author Lois Ehlert's books.  His work has been performed in New York City, Hawaii, California, Milwaukee, and all over Texas!  At Northwestern, Mr. Rios co-wrote a TV pilot (Prison Boat) that was nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy.  Mr. Rios is an Assistant Professor of Playwriting in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He has received commissions to create work for theaters and universities around the country, including Houston Grand Opera, The Alley Theatre(TX), First Stage Children's Theatre(WI), Texas A&M, and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.  His current projects are an adaptation of Barbara Joosse's Ghost Wings and a drama about police brutality in Houston in the 70's.


Michelle Lopez-Rios has performed in The Crazy Mexican Show and Welcome to Milwaukee/Bienvenidos a Milwaukee and directed One Hot Texican SummerNuestra Voz, Nuestra Historia and A Trip Through the Mind of a ‘Crazy’ Mexican for the Royal Mexican Players. She is a professional voice coach, actor, and director. Coaching credits include: Goodman Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Bad Soviet Habits, Stages Repertory Theatre, Jersey Productions, Unhinged Productions, Unity Theatre, UW-Milwaukee, U. of Houston, and Rice University. She has performed at Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Court Theatre, Troy Rep, and Ojai Shakespeare Festival. Other directing credits include Decaffeinated Tragedy (2009 Prague Fringe Festival); Terms and Conditions; By the Bog of Cats, Arms and the Man, Ring Round the Moon and Verseworks.  Michelle is an Assistant Professor at DePaul University, an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, a featured coach on Accent Help, and a proud Royal Mexican Mama.

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