Miriam Gonzales’ works include: The Smartest Girl in the World; Sunny and Licorice; Bertie, Maggie and the Magic Zero; Óyeme, the Beautiful; and The South Overlook Oaks (adaptation). Her work has been produced at Childsplay (Tempe, Ariz.), Imagination Stage (Bethesda, Md.), Arts on the Horizon (Alexandria, Va.), Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, D.C.), Columbus Children’s Theatre (Columbus, Ohio) and Austin Playhouse (Austin, Texas). In addition to stage productions, her work has toured extensively into schools and communities. Gonzales is the recipient of the Write Now Award and the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award (New England Theater Conference). Bertie, Maggie and the Magic Zero was selected as a semifinalist for New York University’s New Plays for Young Audiences development series and Northwestern University’s PLAYground Festival. Her work has been developed and has received professional readings at the Write Now Festival, La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA New Works Series, Northwestern University’s PLAYground Festival, the AATE National Conference, Imagination Stage and the TCG National Conference. Gonzales is a former teaching artist with Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) in Washington, D.C., and served as YPT’s board chair. She currently serves on the board of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Gonzales is the co-developer and former lead teaching artist of Imagination Stage’s ¡Óyeme! project, which is a theatre arts program for Central American refugee youth. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her Ph.D. in education and M.A. in sociology from Stanford University. Gonzales hails from Corpus Christi, Texas, and currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters.