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Assistant Professor of Theatre & Drama, Playwriting
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José Casas is a playwright and spoken word poet who also has been known to take on the roles of director and actor. He has earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Dramatic Arts, a MA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Los Angeles, and a MFA in Playwriting from Arizona State University, as well as additional graduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities Program.
For the past decade, he has been teaching at a variety of academic institutions such as California State University, Los Angeles, the University of Redlands, and College of Charleston. He is the former literary manager of CASA0101 and, currently, he is a board member and multicultural and diversity director for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is Playwright in Residence at Rising Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
He has had his plays produced across the country and has a number of publications to his name. Some titles include aDoBe, 14, talking in public, the vine, la rosa grows beyond the wall, freddie's dead/mindprobe and antonia: a chicana hip-hop antigone. His plays la ofrenda and somebody's children have both been awarded the Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Award and AATE Distinguished Play Award. His play, jj's arcade, was selected for the Kennedy Center's 2016 New Visions New Voices Festival. He is editor of the upcoming anthology, Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Youth (Dramatic Publishing).
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