Alfonso Ramirez, Mentor

fotoALFONSO RAMIREZ, originally from Los Angeles and now residing in New York City, is an actor/playwright/director with numerous film, television and theater credits on both coasts. He attended the University of Southern California, completed his Bachelor’s Degree at The New School, and received his Master’s Degree in Playwriting from Goddard College. He has taught writing under the aegis of several organizations, such as: Young Playwrights, Inc.; Theatre for a New Audience; Manhattan Theater Club; Theatre Development Fund; and Repertorio Español. He was most recently employed as an Adjunct Professor of Writing at Herkimer College, but will be teaching College Writing in the fall at Union County Community College.

Awards won: NYFA grant; the Isadora Aguirre Playwriting Award (twice); Arizona Theatre Company National Hispanic Play Award; Many Voices Project, Chicago Dramatists Finalist, Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces/Met Life Competition Finalist, 1993, Hispanic Playwright’s Project, South Coast Rep.

Publications: Phaethon Literary Magazine; & Pitkin Review; two anthologies: “From Macho to Mariposa,” Lethe Press; & Positive/Negative, Women of Color; and HIV/AIDS, Aunt Lute Books. In 2001, he was chosen by the Mexican Cultural Council to spend a summer in Coyoacán, Mexico doing research and beginning a novel, which he recently completed, entitled, “Peccadilloes.”