Noah Diaz making run for his dream at Yale School of Drama and theater companies nationwide – Part 2

As an arts and letters Ivy Leaguer, his life is consumed by studies, rehearsals,  writing and craft analysis.    “I live alone which is smart because I do a lot of writing and I need a lot of  quiet. A huge challenge for me personally in this program is generating work  so quickly and so frequently. I’m learning themes that constantly keep  reoccurring in my work, what that’s telling me about myself, why I’m interested  in exploring these things and what dramatic structures I keep leaning on.     “I have a lot of conversations with my colleagues about knowing the difference  between what is a playwright’s voice and what is a playwright’s schtick. The  difference, at least for me, is honing my artistic voice and not simply relying on  the same bag of tricks. I’m proud of this first year body of work because I’ve  tried things –    somewhat reinventing myself or at least challenging     myself  in new ways. That’s intentional.”    The work doesn’t all just stay on the page either.    “This particular playwriting program is a little unusual in that we are offered a  production each year.”    He’s written three new scripts over the summer.    “My second year production starts rehearsal the first day of classes or shortly  thereafter, so I have to prepare options to present.”    There’s no shortage of stimulation.    “I’m working with incredible people in my cohort. They are so talented and  smart. My faculty – Sarah Ruhl, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Amy Herzog, Robert  O’hara, Jackie Sibblies Dreary, Young Jun Lee – are all luminaries still  working in the field. It enriches my learning experience,”    With notable alums on stage and screen, the school is a recognized talent  pool that industry producers, directors and agents scout. Diaz has already  heard from some.    “I’ve been really fortunate that a lot of people have been reaching out. I’ve  been taking meetings, I’ve been in touch with fantastic companies. This  summer alone I’ll be at three different theater companies across the country  developing my work.”     He was in Chicago for the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New  Latinx Work in July. This month his Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally is part of  […]

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Omaha Storm Chasers part of Minor League Baseball push to cultivate Latino market – Part 1

Baseball has long been an international sport. Its deep roots throughout Asia, Latin America, South America,Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico are well reflected in minor and major league team rosters in the United States. To see this Latin influence, look no further than the Triple A Omaha Storm Chasers. The current roster includes players with […]

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Positively no negativity | Nick Hernandez

  Some call it bliss. Others, serenity. For Nick Hernandez of Lincoln, Nebraska, the study and practice of positive psychology is both way of life and career. The 41-year-old couldn’t have imagined this two decades ago. Back then, the Olathe, Kansas native was a married post-graduate student who looked at people and life critically. Now […]

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Living a dream that would not be denied

As Eduardo Aguilar walked down an Omaha Creighton Prep hallway one school day last April, he had no idea a lifelong dream would soon be secured. Counselor Jim Swanson pulled the then-high school senior out of his international relations class on the pretext of seeing how he was doing. It’s something Swanson often did with Aguilar, whose undocumented parents were […]

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KM3 reporter Maya Saenz living her dream

KMTV Channel 3 news reporter Maya Saenz is living a dream that started as a girl in rural Colorado watching Telemundo Denver and KUSA NBC Channel 9. Saenz ended up working at both stations before joining KM3 in 2016. This youngest of three sisters is the only one not born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where the […]

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