Artist Profiles

Edward F. Torres

Edward Torres returns to Steppenwolf where he last directed Reuben Gonzalez's The Boiler Room for SYA. Most recently, collaborated with the Goodman on Fish Men (Jeff nominated, Best Production Mid Size 2012) during the 2011/2012 Season. He directed the world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Victory Gardens Theater (produced in association with Teatro Vista) which was named Best Play of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and earned Jeff awards for Best Production and Best Director. He also directed subsequent productions off Broadway at New York’s Second Stage Theatre (2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and Obie Award for Best Play), and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles to critical acclaim.

Mr. Torres has produced more than 25 plays as the artistic director of Teatro Vista over the last 12 years. His Teatro Vista directing credits include The Show Host, Jamie Pachino’s Aurora’s Motive, Romulus Linney’s Ambrosio, Edwin Sánchez’s Icarus, Reuben and Karen Zacarías’ The Sins of Sor Juana. Other Chicago directing credits include Amparo Garcia-Crow’s Cocks Have Claws and Wings to Fly and Migdalia Cruz’s Lolita de Lares at Latino Chicago Theater Company.

As an actor he was seen in Victory Gardens Theater’s upcoming production of Oedipus El Rey. Most recently he was seen in El Grito del Bronx, a co-production with Collaboraction in association with Goodman Theatre; the Goodman’s production of The Cook; and Teatro Vista’s productions of Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at the Goodman and Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble as part of the Visiting Company Initiative at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other Chicago acting credits include roles at the Goodman, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Garden Theater, Latino Chicago Theater Company, Court Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Teatro Vista. He was the recipient of a 2010 3Arts Award, and was featured as guest director for The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegría Hudes at the 2011 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Recent TV credits: Chicago PD, Luke Cage, The Following, Romanoffs, The Get Down and The Deuce.

Mr. Torres has a BA in theater from Roosevelt University in Chicago and an MFA in film from Columbia College Chicago. He serves on the Illinois Arts Council, and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Theater Panel (2005 – 2007) and on the MAP Fund Theatre Panel (2008).