Edgar Mendoza was awarded the Kennedy Center’s inaugural Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award for his play Blue Note Run. The prize included a Lark Play Development Center residency at New York Stage & Film during the summer of 2010. In addition, Blue Note Run was a semi finalist for the 2010 Eugene O’ Neill National Playwrights Conference. Edgar was also a 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Fellow,where he began developing his play, A World On Display. He recently won a Love of Learning Award from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and will travel to Saint Louis, Missouri to further his research for A World On Display.
His other plays, Old Man Nature; Dead Love Triangle; Amnestia; Like, Tito Roy; Lion Plaza and All The Earth have received staged readings and workshop productions in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Jose. Edgar graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, where he was a two-time recipient of the Shubert Foundation Fellowship.
His screenplay, The Unifying Theory, was awarded the $10,000 prize in the 2008 Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Competition, and he also won the opportunity to attend the American Film Institute-Sloan Film Summit in Hollywood.
Prior to graduate school, he received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Edgar served as a constituent representative for United States Senator Barbara Boxer, and as district representative for California State Senator Liz Figueroa.
Edgar is a new resident member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a member of the Leviathan Lab, and Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.