DGF Traveling Master Event with Josefina López
The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program to feature Josefina López in La Jolla, CA on October 19th
Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) leads a public workshop at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA on October 19th as part of The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program.
The Traveling Masters Program is a national outreach program that sends prominent dramatists into communities across the country for writing workshops, master classes, talkbacks, and other public events. In partnership with leading regional theaters and universities, the Dramatists Guild Fund creates local programming that gives students, theater professionals, and the public first-hand experience with renowned artists.
Thanks to DGF supporters across the country and Delta the Official Presenting Sponsor of the Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program, as well as help from our local partners, all public events are free to attend.
Wed. October 19th
A Conversation on Playwriting with Josefina López
The Bishop’s School
Taylor Performing Arts Center
7607 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037
In addition to the public workshop as part of the Traveling Masters Program, López will lead workshops with 9th graders at The Bishop’s School on the basics of playwriting. Their lessons will cover playwriting structure and use of staging as students develop their first one-act plays.
Josefina López joins over 30 esteemed dramatists who have participated in the Traveling Masters Program. Other 2016 Traveling Masters have included Paula Vogel (How I Learned To Drive, The Baltimore Waltz) in Minneapolis, MN; Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51, The Last Match) in Pittsburgh, PA; Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island) in Kaneohe, HI; Madeleine George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence) in Charleston, SC; Chisa Hutchinson (Dead and Breathing, Dirt Rich, She Like Girls) in Shepherdstown, WV; Laura Jacqmin (Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Residence) in Ashland, OR; Lauren Yee (King Of The Yees, The Hatmaker’s Wife) in Kansas City, MO; Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting, The Burnt Part Boys) in New Orleans, LA; Philip Kan Gotanda (After the War Blues, Love in American Times) in Portland, OR; Adam Szymkowicz (Deflowering Waldo, Clown Bar) in San Marcos, TX; and Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) in Buffalo, NY.
Josefina López is best known for authoring the play and co-authoring the 2002 SUNDANCE AWARD WINNING film Real Women Have Curves. Josefina started her writing career at 17 and has had over 80 productions of her many plays throughout the country. Josefina has been working as a professional screenwriter in Hollywood for almost 25 years with countless development deals and screenplay assignments. She has worked with many established Producers like Norman Lear (All In the Family) and Michael McDonald (American Crime) to bring Latinos to television. Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1969, Josefina López was five years old when she and her family migrated to the United States and settled in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Josefina is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Film & Television, and has a Diplome de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Josefina was undocumented for thirteen years before she received Amnesty in 1987 and eventually became a U.S. Citizen in 1995. When she was a “dreamer” she always dreamt of getting an education and obtaining a Ph.D. She is so excited another one of her dreams has come true.
Josefina is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including a formal recognition from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s 7th Annual “Women Making History in Hollywood” in1998; and a Screenwriting Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2001. She and Real Women Have Curves co-author George LaVoo won the HUMANITIES PRIZE for Screenwriting in 2002, The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award from L.A. Mayor in 2003, and the Artist-in-Residency grant from the NEA/TCG for 2007.
Josefina is the Founding Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights which is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary. At CASA 0101 her commitment is to present plays that celebrate and shatter the myths and stereotypes of Women and Latinos and she teaches playwriting and screenwriting to a new generation of Latino and women artists.
Josefina is presently developing the musical version of Real Women Have Curves for Broadway. Her first novel titled Hungry Woman in Paris came out in 2009. Her two play collections Real Women Have Curves & Other Plays and Detained in the Desert and Other Plays as well as her countless books can be found on Amazon. She wrote a play to protest SB1070 titled Detained in the Desert, which she produced as a film and which won best Feature at the Los Angeles International Women’s Film Festival. She is working on numerous writing projects for the stage, screen and for print. For more information please go casa0101.org. She is currently attending Claremont Graduate University’s Sotheby’s Masters in Art Business Program.