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Joann Farías’s career in the theatre began in second grade when she was the Christmas angel in the school play.  She has never recovered.

Her first play, Claudia Meets Fulano Colorado, was workshopped at one of the foremost regional theatres in the United States, South Coast Repertory Theatre, a their groundbreaking Hispanic Playwrights Project in 1997 and at Live Girls! Theater in 2005 and published in Latino Plays from South Coast Repertory: Hispanic Playwrights Project Anthology (2000). South Coast then commissioned The Outhouse Legacy, which won the Richard Hugo House New Play Competition in 2000 and was produced by Live Girls! Theater in 2003 and Miracle Theatre in 2004.  Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, was produced by South Coast Rep as part of California Scenarios and published by Playscripts.  

In 2005 she was one of eleven playwrights nationally to receive one of the top playwrighting grants in American theatre, the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights Miracle Theatre, where she wrote The Road to Xibalbá, which was produced in September of 2006, thanks to a grant from the NEA.  

Her play The Land of Corn and Power was read at the ACT Multicultural Playwrights Festival (2011).  No More Masterpieces was read at Seattle Repertory Theatre by the Seattle Playwrights Alliance (2011).  Her work was also performed at Brava! For Women in the Arts in San Francisco, FringeACT Festival, A Contemporary Theatre/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Carlsbad Playreaders, and Richard Hugo House.  Las Tres Marias (co-authored with Marta Sanchez and Carmen Carrion) was produced by Mae West Fest and read at Bumbershoot and Miracle Theatre.  Edward, CEO was read at FringeACT.   Live Girls! Theatre produced the short plays Raul’s Last Stand and El Corrido de Manny Cruz.  Cornish College of the Arts commissioned and produced a translation of Moliere’s George Dandin (with Chuck Hudson).  Seattle’s La Casa de Artes commissioned and produced El Corrido de Manny Cruz.  

Her radio plays have been produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre, Jack Straw, New Waves Radio Theatre, and KUOW.  

As an artist-educator, she has taught at the Miracle Theatre’s Pluma Nueva program, at Portland-area schools, as a guest lecturer for the Writers in the Schools Program, and for the Artists Repertory Theatre Education Department.

She has acted in plays by Shakespeare, Brecht, Carballido, traditional Spanish pastorela, and her own work.


© Joann Farias 2017