Mabelle Reynoso is a Latinx multidisciplinary storyteller and teaching artist whose work has been performed in traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces, including classrooms, community centers, and correctional facilities. Her art is largely informed by her work with underserved and marginalized populations, including non-English speaking immigrants, expectant teens, foster youth, and justice-involved youth and adults. Mabelle is a recipient of the 2021 ReImagine: New Plays in TYA grant for her play, "¡Lotería: Game On!" and was workshopped at Teatro Bravo in Tempe, Arizona in October 2021. Her play “Remember That Time” about a young girl grappling with her father’s incarceration was performed at the 2021 San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival local panel. Her short play, “Better Living Through Albondigas” was featured in “Ofrendas en Pandemia: A Día de Muertos Anthology” – a virtual filmed theatre experience centering Latinx stories in the age of Covid-19 (Tuyo Theatre, 2021). Mabelle penned the script for the San Diego Symphony's 2021 holiday show, Noel Noel. One of Mabelle’s greatest collaborations was “The Scariest Movie” – a 10-minute play she co-authored with her 11-year old son, featured in the anthology “I Have a Story” (Dramatic Publishing, 2021). In addition, Mabelle is a member of TuYo Theatre where she leads Pa' Letras, a workshop for emerging Latinx playwrights. She is also the co-host of the podcast Hey Playwright. Mabelle 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. Mabelle is a member of the Dramatists Guild, TYA/USA, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She was proudly born in Tijuana, Mexico.
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MORE ABOUT ME
My favorite thing to do when I’m not writing is to get people excited about their own writing. That’s why I love being a teaching artist. I especially love working with writers who are new to playwriting, particularly folx who have not had many opportunities to engage with the arts. One of the greatest joys I have experienced has been to bear witness to those moments when a new writer discovers the potential and power in their own words. This is especially powerful when the writers have felt, before that moment, that they did not have anything to say or that nobody cared. When a new writer sees, for the first time, an audience connect with their work – that is pure magic.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am currently splitting my time between TYA projects and a full-length play for grown-ups, all centering strong Latinx women and girls!
Latinx, Mexican-American, Chicana, holiday, young audiences, TYA
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