Princess Grace Award:
Theater Fellowship, 2011, Grace Le Vine Award
• 2014 Professional Development Grant
• 2017 Works in Progress Residency Award
CarlosAlexis Cruz is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Pelú Theatre project; a physical theatre company mainly interested in researching the convergence between Contemporary Circus Arts and Theatre as performance vocabulary, particularly in the exploration of themes related to the Latino immigrant experience in the United States.
The company is currently invested in the Pícaro project, a physical theatre take on the journey of a Central American immigrant set to tour in the Summer of 2017.
He was awarded in 2011 with the Princess Grace Foundation Theatre Fellowship Award, and the 2014 Arts and Science Council’s McColl award for the development of new, socially-engaged work. With the latter he developed a community powered contemporary circus company/show, the Nouveau Sud project, from and about the city of Charlotte and the evolving concept of what is often referred to as the New South. The Nouveau Sud project had its debut production in April 2016, and it’s an ongoing initiative with a new show coming up in the summer.
Professor Cruz is also spearheading a brand new college initiative for community engagement through the arts with the development and deployment of MAX (Mobile Arts and community eXperience), a travelling stage suited for outdoor performances and workshops that can range from the minimal to the spectacular.
Cruz is the Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.