Paul S. Flores

  • Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
  • San Francisco, CA

Paul S. Flores creates plays, oral narratives, and spoken word works about transnationality and citizenship that spur and support societal movements that lead to change. Flores’ work has played all across the United States and internationally in Cuba, Mexico, and El Salvador. His commissions have come from the California Arts Council, Creative Capital, La Peña Cultural Center, MACLA, MAP Fund, Pregones Theater, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, National Performance Network Creation Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts among many others. His full body of work touches on the immigrant story in all its complexities: from the violent—forced migration, gang life, war, incarceration, and separated families—to zooming in on intergenerational relationships and the struggle of preserving important cultural values. As a San Francisco artist of Mexican and Cuban-American heritage, Paul S. Flores has built a national reputation for interview-based theater to tell the stories of real people impacted by immigration and systemic inequalities. He is co-founder Los Delicados, co-founder of Youth Speaks/Brave New Voices: National Teen Poetry Slam, an HBO Def Poetry Slam poet, a PEN award-winning novelist, and a 2015 Doris Duke Artist.