Marisela Treviño Orta is an award-winning playwright in her second year of study at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. A poet for many years, Marisela found her way to the playwriting while completing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) where she studied poetry.
Marisela’s first play Braided Sorrow was presented at the 2005 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2006 [Inside] the Ford Summer Reading Series. Braided Sorrow won the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama and received a 2008 world premiere at Su Teatro in Denver, CO, and won the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama.
Her other plays include: American Triage (2012 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces Finalist); Ghost Limb (2017 Brava Theatre world premiere); Heart Shaped Nebula (2012 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, 2015 Shotgun Players world premiere); and Woman on Fire (2016 Camino Real Productions world premiere).
Marisela is an alumna of the Playwrights Foundation’s Resident Playwright Initiative, a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network (BALTAN), and a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons’ national Steering Committee.
Currently, Marisela is working to complete her grim Latino fairy tale cycle—plays which include The River Bride (2013 National Latino Playwriting Award Co-Winner, 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival world premiere), Wolf at the Door, and Alcira.