Mabelle Reynoso (she/her/ella) 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 Northwest Children's Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Olympia Family Theatre, TuYo Theatre, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, and the San Diego Symphony. She is a recipient of the 2021 ReImagine: New Plays in TYA grant for her play, "¡Lotería: Game On!" sponsored by Write Now, The Kennedy Center, and the Children’s Theatre Fund of America, which then premiered at Theatre SilCo in 2023. Mabelle is a recipient of the 2023 Far South/Border North grant which will support her upcoming play, "Somos Aire." Mabelle's work has been published by Smith & Krauss, Dramatic Publishing, and YouthPlays. She 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, University of San Diego, and Southwestern College, and has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), the National Latinx Writers Gathering, the William Inge Theatre Festival, and TYA/USA National Festival and Conference. 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. She is also a Hedgebrook alumna. Mabelle was proudly born in Tijuana, Mexico.
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