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Ep 100 | Playwriting: Alvaro Saar Rios and Mabelle Reynoso

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Episode 100, woohoo!!! Today I am honored to be arts calling Alvaro Saar Rios and Mabelle Reynoso!

Alvaro Saar Rios is a Texican playwright living in Chicago. His plays have been performed in New York City, Mexico City, Hawaii, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. He has received playwriting commissions from various organizations, including Kennedy Center, Chicago Children’s Theatre, First Stage, Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Houston Community College, Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Omaha’s Rose Theater. His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. Other plays include On The Wings of a Mariposa, Unmuted, Bienvenidos a Milwaukee/Welcome to Milwaukee, and Carmela Full of Wishes. Alvaro holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Playwright-InResidence at Milwaukee’s First Stage. Alvaro is a proud veteran of the US Army and an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Twitter & Instagram: @realCrazyMex

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Mabelle Reynoso (she/her/ella) ( is a multidisciplinary storyteller who has devoted her artistic career to building connections in communities through storytelling. Mabelle is a two-time winner of the California Young Playwrights contest (“Santa Does a Mitzvah”; “Dreaming Pancho Villa”). Since 2004, Mabelle has been a teaching artist for the nonprofit arts education organization Playwrights Project. Her own art is largely informed by her work with underserved and marginalized populations, including Spanish-speaking immigrants, expectant teens, foster youth, and justice-involved youth and adults. Mabelle’s recent playwriting commissions include Olympia Family Theatre (The Secret Garden, 2022), TuYo Theatre (Mercado de Miedo, 2022), and San Diego Symphony (Noel Noel 2022). She is a recipient of the 2021 ReImagine: New Plays in TYA grant for her play, “¡Lotería: Game On!” sponsored by Write Now, The Kennedy Center, and the Children’s Theatre Fund of America. Her play “The Scariest Movie”, co-authored with her 11-year-old son, was published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. in the anthology “I Have a Story” (2021). Her play “The Sunset Tour” was the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) 2022 Playwrights for Change winner and will be published in the forthcoming Best Plays of 2023 by Smith & Krauss. In addition, Mabelle is a member of TuYo Theatre where she leads Pa’ Letras, a workshop for emerging Latinx playwrights. She has been a guest lecturer at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and Southwestern College, and has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Latinx Writers Gathering, and the William Inge Theatre Festival. Mabelle also co-hosts the podcast Hey Playwright. She has a BFA from New York University, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, TYA/USA, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Mabelle was proudly born in Tijuana, Mexico.

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1 thought on “Ep 100 | Playwriting: Alvaro Saar Rios and Mabelle Reynoso”

  1. Blanca Carolina Cruz Zamora

    Just stopping by to congratulate you for always doing what you love, since you were a child, I’m just glad you also give others a chance to share their talents I hope this goes on and on ! Love you to the moon and back and wish you all the success!

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