SPOKANE, Wash. – Nearly 2,200 Gonzaga students are set to walk across the stage this weekend for commencement. It will be the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new journey.
One Gonzaga student’s journey is taking him all the way to the East Coast.
Art Por Diaz, a graduating senior and playwright, was recently recognized by the Kennedy Center for an original play.
Diaz said some of his circumstances growing up were tough. He used those experiences to write his play about being biracial and finding his place in society.
“It’s easy for me to write because I grew up in this issue, like dealing with racism and trying to figure out how American I am versus how Mexican I am. It’s just the aspect of being who you truly are in order to fit where you belong, and that’s what it is,"
Diaz was selected out of college playwrights from across the nation to participate in a theater festival at the Kennedy Center, have professional actors portray his characters, and in the process, have one of his dreams come to life before his eyes.
“I got to watch my play be done by professional actors which was the coolest thing, at the Kennedy Center stage which was another amazing thing. I was just sitting there like ‘This is real life right now, I’m watching my words being performed by amazing actors.’ It was so good,” said Diaz.
The dreams do not stop there for Diaz. Even though he has loved his time at Gonzaga, he has also won a scholarship to attend a summer program at the famous Julliard School after graduation thanks to his aim to use art as a tool to end poverty.