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ABOUT ME

Mabelle Reynoso is a multidisciplinary storyteller who has devoted her artistic career to building connections in communities through storytelling. Mabelle is a two-time winner of the California Young Playwrights contest ("Santa Does a Mitzvah"; "Dreaming Pancho Villa"). Since 2004, Mabelle has been a teaching artist for the nonprofit arts education organization Playwrights Project. Her own art is largely informed by her work with underserved and marginalized populations, including Spanish-speaking immigrants, expectant teens, foster youth, and justice-involved youth and adults. Mabelle’s recent playwriting commissions include TuYo Theatre (Ofrendas en Pandemia: A Día de Muertos Anthology, 2021), New Village Arts (Saving Stories, 2021), San Diego Symphony (Noel, Noel 2021), and Olympia Family Theatre (Fully Vaxxed, 2022). She is a recipient of the 2021 ReImagine: New Plays in TYA grant for her play, "¡Lotería: Game On!" sponsored by The Kennedy Center and the Children’s Theatre Fund of America. Her play “The Scariest Movie”, co-authored with her 11-year-old son, was published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. in the anthology “I Have a Story” (2021). In addition, Mabelle is a member of TuYo Theatre where she leads Pa' Letras, a workshop for emerging Latinx playwrights. She has been a guest lecturer at San Diego State University and has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Latinx Writers Gathering, and the William Inge Theatre Festival. Mabelle also co-hosts the podcast Hey Playwright. She 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. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, TYA/USA, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Mabelle was proudly born in Tijuana, Mexico.