Artist StatemenT:


In my writing, potential, above all others, is the quality I strive to encapsulate. As an art form, theatre is more collaborative than any other and in writing a play, my goal is to create a piece with the potential to inspire collaborators, resonate with audiences, and tell a story worth being told.


I am driven by the idea that for every experience, there are countless perspectives. As a Latino artist living and working in a world where being a minority can easily limit and classify; I take pride in being able to craft stories that explore alternate interpretations of familiar narratives. It’s my goal to mine the recognizable for all of the potential therein; to show people a new way of thinking about something they take for granted. 


Spanning from poetic and verse based to contemporary and colloquial work, I write plays that explore themes of loneliness, loss, and frustration (usually with a sense of humor). I’ve written adaptations of Greek myths, dark comedies, ghost plays, thrillers, and romances; never letting genre intimidate. Inspired by the likes of Charles Mee, Federico Garcia Lorca, Martin McDonagh, Euripides, Peter Shaffer, Connor McPhereson, and William Shakespeare; I aim to write with a voice all my own.

To read my plays check out my profile on New Play Exchange feel free to contact me here.


Other Writing & More

Having studied Film Theory and Media Criticism; I have written Film & Television Reviews, and Interviews for a number of websites including El Huateque (Formerly Chipster Life) and Rock N' Roll Ghost, as well as Book Reviews for Windy City Reviews.

Previously a staff writer for F Newsmagazine, I am currently a contributor for The A.V. Club, their 'Podmass' feature in particular, and am also a contributing writer for The Gamer, Stropse.com, and Otaquest. 


Aside from plays/screenplays and criticism, I also explore prose/verse, poetry, short fiction, essay, and novel writing.


My first novel, Testament, was published by Ninestar Press at the end of 2019.


I officially graduated in May of 2018 with my MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

As an educator I've been the instructor of record for a colleciate level, comp. lit/media studies course called "Buffy + Literary Traditions," which I created the syllabus for. I've also been an Adjunct English Professor, and a teacher artist in residency instructing highschoolers in Playwriting.

Contact me here to request a copy of my Various Writing Resumes, my Teaching Resumé, Directing Resumé, or C.V.

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