Lorenzo Gonzalez

lgonzalez@naropa.edu | 303-245-4716

Associate Professor
Core Faculty


Performance - Core Faculty
MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance - Core Faculty


MFA, University of Delaware
PTTP, University of Delaware

Mr. Gonzalez has been a theatre performer, director and an educator for the last twenty years. He is currently an Associate Professor at Naropa University in the BFA in Performance. Prior to this appointment he was a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has been a Traveling Theatre Teacher with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Arts Education Branch and an Artist Educator with Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group (CTG) Performing for Los Angeles Youth (PLAY). Mr. Gonzalez was a faculty member of Los Angeles County High School of the Arts (LACHSA) Theatre Department for four years and has taught workshops and seminars at various institutions such as: North Eastern University, George Mason, Gonzaga, Stanford, USC, UCLA, UCSB, Vanderbilt, University of Richmond, University of Iowa and Ole Miss.

He has been a performer, director and instructor for the California Youth Theatre and The Virginia Avenue Project. Both organizations wprk with children and young adults who come from difficult and challenging circumstances . Their aim is to help them develop and understand their creative potential, and to apply this new found knowledge in a practical way. As a theatre educator he has also worked at All Things Shakespeare for The Shakespeare Festival in New Orleans, Camp Bravo in Los Angeles, Tygress Heart of Portland OR, and toured six times with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival educational outreach program.

As an Actor Mr. Gonzalez is an Associate Artist with El Centro Su Teatro of Denver, where he most recently played Don Memo in Colorado Christmas Story, St. Peter in Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen and toured with Enrique’s Journey to Los Angeles as part of the Encuentro Latino/a 2014 at the Los Angeles Theater Center. He is also a member of LOCAL Theater Co. and Motus theater in Boulder. Other recent credits include Caius with The Independent Shakespeare Co. in Los Angeles CA. Ito in Mame and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma at the Summer Lyric Theatre in New Orleans; Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew and Touchstone in As You Like ltf or The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival where he also appeared as Aufidius in Coriolanus; he played Moises Kaufman in The Laramie Project 10 Years After in conjunction with the Tectonic Theatre Project's live national web-cast. He also played Andrew Lecompte in Jonathan Freilich's Multimedia/Opera Buffaffheatre/Dance piece Bang the Law for the New Orleans Fringe Festival. 

Mr. Gonzalez toured nationally with The Actor's Gang and as a company member acted at their spaces in El Centro in Los Angeles and The Ivy Substation in Culver City. Also in Los Angeles, he was a leading actor for The Independent Shakespeare Co. and toured to Antibes, France playing the title role in Richard Ill. He performed regularly at Bang lmprov Studio. As a member of the theatre ensemble Zoo District he produced The Lively Lad at [Inside] The Ford with the help of a grant from ASK Theatre projects and the Ford Foundation; acted in and co-produced the award-winning The Master and Margarita and Pathe X; played Shvonder in The Heart of a Dog presented in Kiev at the First Annual Bulgakov Festival; and served as Associate Artistic Director. Among the many theatres he has worked at are: Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre in Sir Peter Hall's Romeo and Juliet; the RED CAT at Disney Hall; The Oregon Shakespeare Festival for

five seasons; San Jose Repertory Theatre; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Arizona Theatre Co.; Tacoma Actor's Guild; El Teatro Campesino; Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park. He was a guest star in TV's, "Solo en America." His voice-over work is on numerous CD Rom games and in the documentary "Blossoms of Fire Ramos de Fuego."

As a director, he has been nominated for a Big Easy Award for his production of The Comedy of Errors with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, where he also directed Henry V. As part of the regular season at Tulane University, he directed: The southern region premier of Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone; Mary Zimmerman's Arabian NightsThe Wedding Dress by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues; and Fuente Ovejuna which was also nominated for a Big Easy Award.

Mr. Gonzalez received his MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware; he is a graduate of Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy (LACC); and attended the Universida Aut6noma de Mexico (UNAM).