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Title: Artistic Director
Company: The Dramatic Question Theatre
Location: Brooklyn, NY United States
Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 2015, Maria Elena Torres, Artistic Director of The Dramatic Question Theatre, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in play production and development.
Ms. Torres was a founding member of The Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) in 2009 and since then has been serving the entertainment company as artistic director. Ms. Torres brings more than 36 years of experience to the company in which she casts, produces and develops plays. The DQT is a company launched by a diverse group of newcomer and midcareer playwrights with a focus on presenting work to inner-city communities as well as Latino and African-American based audiences.
Since she was 16 years old, Ms. Torres knew she wanted to write plays as her profession. She studied under famed playwright Jack Gelber, known for the 1959 drama ‘The Connection,’ at Brooklyn College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980. Additionally, she has studied with Roger Hendricks Simon. Her plays have been presented at such esteemed venues like the Theatre for the New City, the Huron Club and the SoHo Playhouse. Aiding, and often inspiring her work, she is an expert in historical research in 15th century Europe, 18th century France and late 19th century Eastern Europe. She retains affiliations to the Richard III Society, Inc., The Bronte Society and Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Looking toward her future endeavors, Ms. Torres aims to develop and produce more plays across New York City. Her next production is set to open on June 14. She hopes to have more works for the DQT and another theater she is a member of, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. In addition, Ms. Torres is establishing an outreach program for young playwrights. It is her wish that more young talent, especially in inner-city and Latino and African-American communities, are brought into the arts.
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