Quiara Alegría Hudes is the author of a trilogy of plays including ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE (2006), WATER BY THE SPOONFUL (2011), and THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST (2012). ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE premiered Off-off Broadway by Page 73 Productions and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL premiered at Hartford Stage Company and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST will premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in April, 2013. Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical IN THE HEIGHTS, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Other works include the plays 26 MILES and YEMAYA’S BELLY and the children’s musical BARRIO GRRRL! Hudes grew up in West Philadelphia where she studied music with Don Rappaport, Dolly Kranzapolski, and Linda Hudes. She was later mentored by playwright Paula Vogel at Brown University. Hudes is an alumna of New Dramatists and sits on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and daughter.