Lorenzo González Fontes

Director of Performance Programs, Core Associate Professor, Faculty Trustee
BA Interdisciplinary Studies, BA Visual Arts
(303) 245-4716
MFA in Theater from Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware; National University of Mexico (UNAM); Los Angeles City College Theater Academy
BA Interdisciplinary Studies, BA Visual Arts
PAR100, Wisdom of the Body / PAR210, Acting Studio; / PAR230, Preparing the Voice / PAR231, Articulating Sound / PAR240, Re-thinking the History of Performance / PAR241, Art Movements of the Twentieth Century / PAR 302, Acting Ensemble / PAR310, Advanced Acting Studio / PAR330, Verse Interpretation / PAR331, Prose Interpretation / PAR340, Performance Studies / PAR400, Building a Career in The Arts / PAR401, Interarts Performance Practicum

Mr. González has been a theatre performer, director and an educator for the last thirty. He is currently an Associate Professor at Naropa University where he has served as chair of the BFA in Performance, and of the MFA in Theater: Contemporary 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. González 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 work with children and young adults who come from difficult and challenging circumstances. 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. González is an Associate Artist with El Centro Su Teatro of Denver, where he most recently played the title role in Interview with a Mexican and in 2014 toured with Enrique’s Journey to Los Angeles as part of the Encuentro Latino at the Los Angeles Theater Center. He is also a member of LOCAL Theater Co. and Motus theater in Boulder, CO. His most recent credit is Egeon in the film adaptation of Comedy of Errors – Live at the Porpentine with The Independent Shakespeare Co. in Los Angeles CA. / Mr. González toured nationally with The Actor’s Gang. With The Independent Shakespeare Co. he toured to Antibes, France playing the title role in Richard Ill. He performed regularly at Bang lmprov Studio. As a member of the theater ensemble Zoo District he produced The Lively Lad at [Inside] The Ford; 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 six 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 Nights; The Wedding Dress by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues; and Fuente Ovejuna which was also nominated for a Big Easy Award. His most recent director credits include Anne Carson’s An Oresteia and Antigone. Mr. González 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 Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM); He studied Fitzmaurice Voicework with Catherine Fitzmaurice at LACC and the PTTP at UD, and has been a Fitzmaurice Voicework Associate Teacher since 2008.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

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