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José Casas

José Casas is a playwright originally hailing from Baldwin Park, Calif. He has a B.A. in dramatic arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an M.A. in theatre arts from California State University, Los Angles (CSULA); and an MFA in playwriting from Arizona State University, as well as additional graduate coursework in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Casas has been an educator at a number of institutions including CSULA, the College of Charleston and the University of Redlands, and is currently an assistant professor in playwriting at the University of Michigan. He is also a trustee for the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His plays, which have been performed across the country, include freddie’s dead/mindprobe, the vine, a bag of oranges, a million whispers all at once, talking in public (thoughts from la boyle), all brown, all chingon and aDoBe. His plays 14 and la rosa still grows beyond the wall have won the AriZoni Theatre Award of Excellence for best production of an original work. His play la ofrenda received the 2005 Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Award and the 2007 American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award. His play somebody’s children received the 2009 Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Award and the 2010 American Alliance of Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award. His play jj’s arcade was selected for the 2016 New Visions/New Voices festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His published plays include la ofrenda (Dramatic Publishing), 14 (AltaMira Press and Paseos Nuevos), somebody’s children (Dramatic Publishing) and alex: a conversation about nothing as part of Dramatic Publishing’s anthology The Bully Plays. His work has been commissioned by CASA 0101, Mesa Youth Theatre, Found Spaces Theatre, Rising Youth Theatre and Cornerstone Theater Company.

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