What inspired you to be a playwright? Film/television writer:
Watching Martin McDonough’s The Pillowman in 2004 in the Cottesloe Theater (now renamed Dorfman) at The National in London made me want to be a playwright. I really wasn’t exposed to theatre before that and it was a revelation that theatre could be contemporary and engaging – I instantly wanted to be involved. Also, watching John Leguizamo’s HBO special, Freak, is the first time I remember seeing a Latinx story on stage; it showed me how amazing and powerful Latinx theatre can be. Right now, the television show Los Espookys is especially inspiring me to write for television. I would love to write for that show.
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
The single best piece of advice I have is don’t ask for permission to do your work. Just do it.
“My crown is in my heart, not on my head; not decked with diamonds and Indian stones, nor to be seen: my crown is called content, a crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.” - Shakespeare’s Henry VI.
Biggest role models or inspirations:
I just saw this incredible play, Octet, by Dave Malloy. It’s definitely the biggest thing inspiring me at the moment. Of course, artists and role models that have made big impressions on me are manifold, including my Mom and Dad, John Leguizamo, Fiona Apple, Maria Irene Fornés, Charlie Kaufman, and civil rights activists like John Lewis to name a few.
Earthworms breathe through their skin. Just kidding, um … I played drums for years in a band in Austin.
Listening to podcasts.
Maybe have some success as a playwright, get drafted to film and television, and eventually become a professor.