Hostos Events

THE PLAYGROUND: Theater Open Mic
Hosted by Eric Avilés
Every Month with Special Guest Playwrights

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

or call the Hostos Box Office at (718) 518-4455
Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm and 2 hours before the event

The Playground: Theater Open Mic is a monthly evening of creativity and expression.

Hosted by artist-in-residence Eric Avilés, the Open Mic is an opportunity for you to share your stage work in a safe space. Share a monologue, a scene, a song – or simply join us as a theater enthusiast and supporter.


Christin Eve Cato is a multi-talented artist from the Bronx, known for her work as a playwright, dramaturg, poet, educator, lyricist, songwriter, and performer. Her artistic narrative is deeply rooted in her Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage. Cato’s work is recognized for its advocacy for human rights and social justice. She is an ensemble member at Pregones/PRTT, a founding UNIT 52 ensemble member at INTAR Theatre, and a playwright in the WP Theater 2022-2024 Pipeline Lab. She is also an educator at the Playwrights Center, a member of The Latinx Playwrights Circle, an associated artist with The Sol Project, and a seasonal roundtable dramaturg at the Musical Theatre Factory. Her off-Broadway production, “Sancocho,” won a 2024 Obie Award and was highly acclaimed by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

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Sign up for a 5 to 10-minute slot.
Sign-up begins at 6:30pm on the day of.

For more information email Host Eric Aviles at

Eric Avilés is a CRNY artist-in-residence at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture.

Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) is a two-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. This program was made possible through support from CRNY’s Artist Employment Program.