Marisela Treviño Orta is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and has an MFA in Poetry from the University of San Francisco. She was awarded the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama, the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, and was a 2019 Kendeda Finalist. She has developed plays at the Playwrights Foundation, Marin Theatre Company, and at the National New Play Network’s MFA Playwriting Week at The Kennedy Center. Marisela’s produced plays include The River Bride, Heart Shaped Nebula, Ghost Limb, Braided Sorrow, Wolf at the Door, and Woman on Fire. Her plays have been produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, Halcyon Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Su Teatro, Milagro, Shotgun Players, Stages Repertory Theatre, and Brava Theater. This Fall her adaptation of the Julia Alvarez young adult novel Return to Sender will premiere at Nashville Children’s Theatre, her new play Somewhere which was commissioned by Temple University’s Theatre Department will premiere there in January, and her Audible commission Nightfall will be co-produced by the Geffen Playhouse next Spring.
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