LORCA PERESS**  specializes in developing multicultural and multidisciplinary theatre, dance-theatre, musicals, opera and theatrical multimedia projects. She has been Founding Artistic Director of MultiStages since 1997, and works as a freelance director. Recent Credits: Desi Moreno-Penson’s "Comida de Puta (F#%ing Lousy Food,") produced by MultiStages, HOLA Award; a 200 person fully-staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s "MASS" (QC-CUNY Colden Center); the Puerto Rican/Taino musical drama "Temple of the Souls" by Anita Velez-Mitchell, music by Dean Landon & Anika Paris, book by Velez-Mitchell, Paris and Lorca Peress (6 Innovative Theatre Nominations, 4 HOLA Awards); Nichole Thompson Adams’ "Black Girl You’ve Been Gentrified"(Public Theatre); and original operas by Bruce Saylor. She is a featured panelist and moderator (TRU, No-Passports, NYU and CUNY, et al.) and playwriting judge. Faculty: current NYU Tisch Strasberg Studio and Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute; former hotINK Festival Curator for NYU Strasberg Studio (2002-2010). Producing and Directing Awards include 4 MCAF Awards, 2015 Innovative Theatre Nomination for Outstanding Production, Dramatists Guild Fund Award, 2015 Taino Areito Award, 5 HOLA Awards, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the National Opera Competition, 2 Women in Arts and Media Coalition Collaboration Honorable Mentions and a La MaMa INKY in Playwriting. Memberships: League of Professional Theatre Women (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network for the Federal Affairs Administration Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Lorca is a Bennington College and NTI graduate, her professional studies include classes with Gene Frankel, Leonard Melfi, Shelly Winters, and at the Lee Strasberg Institute. MultiStages Website:

**SDC Member