Quiara Alegría Hudes
Quiara Alegría Hudes (born 1977) is an American playwright and composer best known for writing the book for the musical In the Heights. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful.
Hudes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother. They raised her in West Philadelphia, where she began composing music and writing. She also studied at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School, taking piano lessons with Dolly Krasnopolsky.  She has stated that although she is of "Puerto Rican and Jewish blood", she was "raised by two Puerto Rican parents". Her step-father was a Puerto Rican entrepreneur. She graduated from Central High School. She studied music composition at Yale University, where she earned her B.A., and playwriting at Brown University, earning an M.F.A. She is a resident writer at New Dramatists and a previous Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. For the academic year 2011–2012, Hudes, a visiting writer in the theater department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, taught an advanced intensive course in playwriting.
In its original Off-Broadway incarnation, In the Heights received the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; was named Best Musical of 2007 by New York Magazine and Best of 2007 by the New York Times; and garnered Hudes an HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
Hudes' first play, Yemaya's Belly, received the Clauder Prize, the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, and the Kennedy Center/ACTF Latina Playwriting Award and received numerous productions around the country. Her play Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 and has been performed around the United States, Romania and Brazil. Her play 26 Miles received its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in the 2008-09 season, directed by Kent Gash. Her children's musical Barrio Grrrrl! appeared at The Kennedy Center in 2009. In 2009, Hudes was a Pulitzer finalist for the second time for "In the Heights", her book of Play co-written with Lin-Manuel Miranda. In 2012, her play Water by the Spoonful, which returns to the characters in Eliot, won the Pulitzer Prize after its premiere at the Hartford Stage Company. Her latest play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, the third in the Eliot trilogy, opened at the Goodman Theater in Chicago on April 13, 2013.
On October 27, 2011, Quiara Alegría Hudes was the second female (and first Hispanic) to be inducted into Central High School's Alumni Hall Of Fame.
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