J. Alejandro: Playwright and Director

My name is J. Alejandro. I write and record. I’m sending a creative signal from the WY prairie in many forms. My plays have received productions at the University of Wyoming, Evergreen College, Rain City Projects/Annex Theater and the Las Vegas Little Theater, as well as readings at the Seattle Repertory Theater Poncho Forum, the Last Frontier Conference in Alaska, and the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center. I’ve also worked on theater for your audiences commissions for the University of Wyoming and the Casper Children’s Theater. I’m looking for ways to maximize my days to better enjoy my family and creative pursuits, and to advocate the for the arts as the key to unlocking everyday empathy.

Stop by the NOW page to see what I’m currently working on.

Feel free to look around, and say hi if you’re a working class creative!

Much love,

j

RESUME HIGHLIGHTS

  • NAPAT National Playwriting Competition
  • Semi-Finalist, Screamcraft Horror Script Contest
  • Winner, NWDC/NPA Playwriting Competition
  • Finalist, KCACTF John Cauble National One Act Award
  • KCACTF Region VII One Act Winner
  • KCACTF Region VII One Act Winner

EDUCATION

  • University of Wyoming B.F.A. (Playwriting & Directing)
  • Casper College A.A. (Theater Performance)
  • Invited to development opps at Last Frontier Theater Conference, UNLV, Northwest Playwrights, and others.
  • Workshops from Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Sean Clark, Gary Garrison, Jocelyn Clarke, and Migdalia Cruz, among others.

Over 15 years of storytelling across text, video, and audio.


Then.

(Comments on the Past)


When I was a boy, I wrote comic strips about robots and time travelers. I saw the vehicles lining the base of the rolling hills in the Southwest corner of Wyoming. I wondered where they were going, and I knew each one of those drivers had a story. This life neighboring the interstate is one that begets a fascination with time and distance, set against a backdrop of a western land from another time.

At the end of the day, I would listen to the highway traffic fleeing into a bold, amber horizon, and only the humming of the road lingered. I listened for more so I could feel whole.

Time and distance influenced my pursuits and worldview because I was in the proper conditions to be shaped by them. I listened so attentively that here we are:

I’m still obsessing over the gulfs between fictional lovers, friends, communities, and all others who push to create distance between the truth and themselves. I write about that.

I’m still lamenting the cruelty and magic of time, and how the craft of capturing those and that which is bound to leave us, is the greatest gift of all. I want to capture that joyfully and honestly.

This is why I listen, and write, and record. What shaped you?

j

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