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ABOUT ME

Mabelle Reynoso is a multidisciplinary storyteller who has devoted her artistic career to building connections in marginalized and underserved 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 and commissioned playwright for the nonprofit arts education organization Playwrights Project. Her own art is largely informed by her work with underserved and marginalized populations, including non-English speaking immigrants, expectant teens, foster youth, and justice-involved youth and adults. Mabelle’s recent commissions include plays addressing the methamphetamine crisis in San Diego ("Other People’s Kids"), transgender women in a men’s prison ("Gender Identity Play"), and motherhood after incarceration ("Coffee, Cake, and Second Chances"). Mabelle recently contributed to the TuYo production “UN-” with One, a 10-minute play that explores educational equity and English language acquisition. Mabelle’s play, "Pastorela 2.0", examines the importance of traditions and community in a changing world with a modernized retelling of the traditional holiday play. Mabelle was selected as a Las Musas Hermana in the Fall 2020 cohort. In 2021, Mabelle participated in New Village Arts Saving Stories monologue project sponsored by California Humanities. She is a recipient of the 2021 ReImagine: New Plays in TYA grant for her play, "¡Lotería: Game On!" She co-authored “The Scariest Movie” – a 10-minute play with her 11-year old son, which is featured in the anthology “I Have a Story” (Dramatic Publishing, 2021). In addition, Mabelle is a member of TuYo Theatre where she leads Pa' Letras, a workshop for emerging Latinx playwrights. She also co-hosts the podcast Hey Playwright. Mabelle 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.