Angelo Parra

Angelo ParraAngelo Parra (Playwright):  An award-winning playwright, Angelo has had productions of his plays: in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.; at Cleveland Play House, Hartford Stage, Florida Stage, the Cape (Cod) Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, Passage Theatre, Florida Rep, Penguin Rep Company, and elsewhere.

Among his plays is Journey of the Heart (which dramatizes the seesaw struggle of a hospital committee to decide who gets a heart for transplant), which won the Jewel Box Theatre Award, Mixed Blood Versus America Award, and David James Ellis Memorial Award.  His screenplay adaptation of Journey of the Heart was a finalist in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

Angelo is the recipient of a Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions grant (a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Information Agency, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts), awarded to sponsor two of his plays at the 1993 Edinburgh International Theatre Festival.

Angelo’s honors include two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Scriptwriting (one of them for The Devil’s Music), the 1998 Chicano/Latino Literary Award (University of California) for his play, Song of the Coquí.  In 2000, he was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the prestigious Sewanee Writers Conference.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a member emeritus of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.  He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture grant in 2008 and, in 2011, a New York State Council on the Arts/Arts Council of Rockland grant to sponsor a new play.

Angelo studied playwriting at: Roundabout Theatre Conservatory’s Professional Playwright’s Unit; New Dramatists Playwrights Forum; Playwrights Horizons’ playwrights workshop; and, the Playwrights Lab at T. Schreiber Studio, among others.  He holds a B.A. in journalism from Fordham University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting, earned under the late Jack Gelber at Brooklyn College.

Angelo Parra is the founder and director of the Hudson Valley Professional Playwrights Lab, teaches playwriting and performing arts at SUNY Rockland Community College, and is president of the Board of Trustees of Penguin Rep Theatre.


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