Max Ferrá is the Founding Artistic Director of New York City’s INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, which included INTAR Theater and INTAR Gallery. From its inception until the year 2004, he remained the driving force behind INTAR’s artistic and organizational development. Under his leadership, INTAR became an outstanding Latino artistic institution in the United States, gaining worldwide recognition for its contribution to cross-cultural understanding and the pursuit of excellence, not only in the theatrical world but also in the visual arts. Sadly Max passed away this past year. His obituary in the NY Times can be viewed here.
INTAR Theater, with its varied programs, including a MainStage Season and the NewWorks Lab, has played a major role in identifying, supporting, nurturing, developing and producing unique theatrical Latino voices that have made a significant impact in American dramatic writing.
For nearly fourteen years, INTAR hosted the Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Lab, conducted by the esteemed dramatist and teacher Maria Irene Fornes, where many of today’s American Theater's leading Latino voices first developed their work. These include Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, as well as Lisa Loomer, Migdalia Cruz, Josefina Lopez, Eduardo Machado, Cherrie Moraga, Edwin Sánchez, Milcha Sánchez-Scott, Octavio Solís, etc.
INTAR’s Main Stage Season has featured world English-language premieres by internationally renowned authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Marquez, Manuel Puig, Fernando Arrabal and Astor Piazzolla, as well as equally talented Latino writers from the US, including Maria Irene Fornes, José Rivera and Luis Santeiro, and performers such as John Leguizamo and Culture Clash.
Throughout his career, Max Ferrá has produced over 150 works by both emerging and established Latino playwrights from the US, Latin America and Spain. As a stage director, he directed over 80 plays at INTAR, as well as in other venues, both in the US and all over Latin America.
For several years, Mr. Ferrá served on advisory panels for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.
From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Ferrá was the Director of the Actors’ Arena Theater Program at the North Campus of the Miami Dade College