For our very last reading of the 2013-14 season, we’re pleased to welcome Ricardo Bracho to UC Berkeley. Our students, led by fantastic guest director Iván Ramos, will be reading Bracho’s The Dweller. It’s a fantastic play, and we’re so happy to close out our year on such a high note! Be there – Wednesday, May 7th, 4PM, Durham Studio Theatre. As always, admission is free.
Ricardo A. Bracho is a writer and educator who has worked in theater, independent film and video, the academy and community organizing for over twenty years.
He was the 2012-13 Visiting Multicultural Faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and 2004-05 Artist/Scholar in Residence in The Center For Chicana/o Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He has also taught, been in residence and lectured at University of California at Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Riverside, Davis and San Diego campuses; Ohio University, Stanford University, Vassar College, Oregon University and Willamette University, among many others. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Residency Program for Playwright, the Mabou Mines’ Resident Artists Program and the Center Theater Group’s Playwright’s Group. His writings for the stage which include The Sweetest Hangover, Sissy, Puto and When the Chunt Comes have been staged read, workshopped and premiered nationally including Brava Theater Center and Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco; INTAR and Pregones in New York City; Company of Angels and CASA 0101 in Los Angeles as well as the campuses of UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, DePaul and Brown University. He has taught theater and creative writing courses in community for queer youth of color, Latino gay and bisexual men, emerging and peer artists in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
He was a co-founder of Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida, a Latina/o lgbt HIV service agency, in San Francisco and has also consulted with the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, the National Latina/o Lesbian and Gay Organization, the Harm Reduction Coalition, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Fierce in New York City. He has worked with young inmates in San Quentin State Prison and recent arrestees in New York City jails.
His work as a dramaturg and producer has included the development and world premieres of work by Virginia Grise, Cherrie Moraga, Brian Bauman, Donald Jolly and Jonathan Ceniceroz. In film and video he has served as an art director, casting, development and consultant on works by Angela Reginato, Ela Troyano, Cristina Ibarra, Jules Nurrish, Augie Robles, Matt Johnstone, Vero Majano and Janelle Rodriguez.
His short stories, poems and essays have been published in IN YOUR FACE, Encyclopedia, Cast Out, From Machos to Mariposas and Virgins, Guerrillas and Locas.
He currently lives in Los Angeles and is at work on a one-act play, the sci-fi comedy, Whitey Ain’t On This Moon.