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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. Mabelle champions the potential impact of theatre in non-traditional theatre spaces, including classrooms, community centers, and correctional facilities. She is passionate about encouraging people to tell their own stories and believes everyone has at least one play in them. 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 language. 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. In Fall 2020, Mabelle was selected as a Las Musas hermana. In 2021, Mabelle participated in New Village Arts Saving Stories monologue project. She is a recipient of the 2021 ReImagine: New Plays in TYA grant for her play, "¡Lotería: Game On!" 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. She has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Mabelle is a member of the Dramatists Guild, TYA/USA, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She was proudly born in Tijuana, Mexico.