Giovanni Ortega is a multi-disciplinary artist and author who took the literary artist category for FPAC Pahayag Project for the most sought after writer with his first book, Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio. A collection of his poetry was also published in Completely Mixed Up. As a playwright, he wrote Criers for Hire, which became the highest grossing world premiere play for East West Players Theater. In 2011, Ortega wrote ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan, which was also commissioned by East West Players. The show has been performed in Chicago, Honolulu, Kampala - Uganda, Styria – Austria, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity in Singapore. Additional Works: The Sea, Tug of War, Wayne, Mutyang Kalayaan, Tao Po, Lost in the Margins, and El Pescador y La Lluvia.
Internationally, he was the resident scholar for the 2016 National Play Festival in Melbourne; conducted An Immigrant’s Diasporic Imagination workshop and was commissioned by Mosman Art Gallery to write a creative response to HALO: Bayanihan Philippine Art Project in Sydney, Australia. He also adapted and directed The Kingdom of Banaras in Varanasi, India as well as directed What the Butler Saw at Upstage Theater in Bern, Switzerland. He recently conducted workshops for Burapha Uinversity in Chon Buri, Thailand. In addition, he has a practice in devising theatre programs internationally such as the Body Series: Creation of My Body (Singapore, Brisbane), Katawan (Sydney) and Words of My Body (Singapore).
Giovanni is currently an Assistant Professor of Drama in the Theatre and Dance Department of Pomona College. Author’s website: www.giovanniortega.com