Cándido Tirado is a resident playwright at Teatro Vista. He is known for his work as playwright and director of works inspired by issues that affect the Hispanic community. He has had 15 Off-Broadway productions, including Momma’s Boyz. His play Some People Have All the Luck was presented at the National Theater of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Tirado has been the only playwright to receive four New York Foundation for the Arts’ Artists Fellowships including one for Momma’s Boyz in 2006.
Tirado lived in Puerto Rico until he was 11 years old and his family immigrated to the Bronx in New York. He grew up with the tradition of family storytelling, which heavily influenced his decision to become a playwright. Coming of age in an area that was densely populated by a variety of different cultures also influenced his writing.
Tirado says that he doesn’t particularly enjoy the act of writing. To him, getting his thoughts onto paper is torture but he loves the act of creating something. When writing, he often disappears into his creation and does not stop until all the thoughts are out of his head. Tirado does not write chronologically. Instead, he jumps around in the story, letting the idea in his head lead him.