Jorge Merced - Trailblazer

Jorge Merced is a an actor, director, and arts pioneer whose work with Pregones Theater in New York City has been both nationally and internationally lauded.

The Trailblazer's Name 

Jorge Merced

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The Story

A seasoned actor and director, and one of Pregones’ Associate Artistic Directors, Jorge is a graduate of City College-CUNY, and also studied at the Alvin Ailey School and EITALC (Cuba). He is the founder and Artistic Director of Pregones Theater's award winning ASUNCION PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT since 2003. Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latin@ playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. 

In addition to his work in the theater, Jorge is on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging and works as a Master Teaching Artist with the Creative Caregiving Initiative. His cultural fluency has helped expand the pioneering tool to a Spanish speaking audience.