( 1943- )
Dolores Prida was born in Caibarien, Cuba. Not long after the revolution in 1959, her father fled to Miami in a boat; the rest of the family followed in 1961. Since Prida arrived in this country with nothing, she had to borrow money from her uncle to get to New York. The oldest of three children, Prida went to work in a bakery to earn money for the family. She advanced to office work within six months, and eventually she honed her journalism skills by editing the employee newsletter. Prida earned a degree in Latin American Literature from Hunter College in New York in 1969.
Although theatre was not a part of Dolores Prida's life in Cuba, she was exposed to the art in Manhattan where she saw her first play. In 1976 she had her first experience working in the theatre with the collective Teatro de Orilla in the Lower East Side and afterward wrote her first play. She honed her dramaturgical skills at DUO, an experimental theatre on East 4th Street. From DUO she moved on to INTAR, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and Repertorio Espafiol where she writes scripts in English, Spanish, and a bilingual combination.
In addition to her theatre work, Prida has written for television and film. For the past ten years, Dolores Prida has been the editor of the newsletter for the Association of Hispanic Arts. She is a frequent lecturer and has taught playwriting at several colleges and universities. In 1989 she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree by Mount Holyoke College for her contributions to the American theatre. Prida is single and lives in East Harlem, New York City.