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JANIS ASTOR DEL VALLE has performed at such venues as Hartford Stage, HERE, the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe, Yale University, and the University of Miami. Her plays have been produced by Dixon Place, INTAR Theatre, Pregones Theater, Cornell University, and University of Santa Cruz. Under the direction of Broadway performer Carolyn Kirsch, Janis developed the critically acclaimed Trans Plantations, a solo play which explores her identity crises as a New York-born Puerto Rican lesbian uprooted from the Bronx and transplanted to rural Connecticut. Her highly praised work, Becoming Joaquin, examines a transgender Latino and his family who struggle to accept his identity. Janis' work is published in six anthologies, including Puro Teatro and Action: The Nuyorican Poets Café Theater Festival.


  • Member: Actors Studio’s Playwright/Director’s Workshop

  • Past Member: Joseph Papp Public Theater Latino Writers Lab

  • Past Member: Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group

  • Award: Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, Mabou Mines

  • Award: Aurand Harris Fellowship, Children’s Theatre Foundation of America

  • Award: Artist Fellowship Grant in Playwriting from the Connecticut Commission on Culture

For a complete list of theater performances and readings, download below.
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