The composer Brian Quijada is the new commission of NUESTRO PLANETA
Hero Theater Announces Emmy-Nominated Composer Brian Quijada as a new commission for Nuestro Planeta, a decade-long multimedia new works initiative that focuses on educating Latino film and theater audiences about environmental justice in the Americas. Quijada will create an original piece with music about the effects of the climate crisis, specifically in Central America.
The series is the first collaboration between 10-year-old Hero Theater and its newly formed arm, Hero Multimedia, to create and produce scripted film and television narratives around environmental and social justice issues.
Founding Artistic Director of Hero Elisa Bocanegra met Quijada at the New York Stage and Film, where he was preparing his next musical, Mexodus. “I love what Brian creates out of a passion for social justice,” she says. “I want Nuestro Planeta to address how the climate crisis is affecting communities in Central America. Brian, being Salvadoran-American, feels a deep personal connection to the project. We are both very excited for this.” Previous Nuestro Planeta commissions include writers Diana Burbanowho will write the Colombia episode, and Paloma Sierra, whose project will focus on Puerto Rico.Quijada is an actor, playwright and composer whose original work has been developed and produced throughout the country. His one-man hip-hop show Where Did We Sit on the Bus? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Geva Theater (Emmy Nomination for Digital Stream), Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Studio Theater Ensemble (Drama Desk nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, City Theater Pittsburgh, and a digital production at the Actors Theater of Louisville (Drama League nomination). His play Kid Prince and Pablo premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2019. His plays were developed at the Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO‘s Spark Festival, Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Festival and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theater Conference. Sponsoring institutions include ART, 1st Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Wooly Mammoth and The Kennedy Center. He is a proud member of The Studio Theater Ensemble. Brian’s song “The Always Song” was the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month song for Nickelodeon. Some acting credits include Bobbie Clearly at Roundabout, Oedipus El Rey at The public theater, My Mañana Comes at Playwrights Realm, How We Got On and Airness at Actors Theater of Louisville’s Humana Festival. Television: Blue Bloods, Manhattan Love Story. Brian is a proud member of the ensemble of Studio Theater Ensemble At New York.For more information on Nuestro Planeta, Click here.