From September 4 through 10, Texas State University in San Marcos will host the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference.

Established in 2003, the annual conference encourages the development of new work by black and Latino playwrights by engaging humanities scholars and guest artists to discuss and stage previously unproduced plays. Each year, two to three plays are chosen for development from over one hundred script submissions. This year's conference will examine Rubi X by Monica Sanchez and tAke the A by James Anthony Tyler.

On Monday, September 4, guest artists and Texas State theater students will begin daily rehearsals, culminating in staged readings of the plays at the end of the week. Both the rehearsals and the performances are free and open to the public. Guest artists will also lead discussions and in-class presentations on the Texas State campus.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas. For a full schedule of events and more information about the Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, visit Texas State University's Department of Theatre and Dance website.

Participants in the 2016 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference perform Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Photo by Vivian Medina.