Marco Antonio Rodriguez
Born and raised in New York City, with roots from the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. His acclaimed play, La Luz De Un Cigarrillo (Ashes Of Light), has received extended by popular demand productions in theaters across the nation and internationally such as Off-Broadway's LATEA theater, Lehman Stages, Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras and Buenos Aires, Argentina's Teatro La Mueca. It is the recipient of 5 HOLA, 4 ACE and 3 prestigious Soberano awards, including Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting. La Luz De Un Cigarrillo (Ashes Of Light) has been published in both Spanish and English editions by NoPassport Press and studied at universities nationwide and internationally such as Rutgers and the University Of Puerto Rico.
Marco Antonio has written guest commentary for national publications Latino Leaders Magazine and TCG (Theatre Communications Guild). He is the recipient of a Banff International Literary Translation Centre Writing Residency in Alberta, Canada and a CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives Library Fellowship. His play, Barceló Con Hielo (Barceló On The Rocks), won the national MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition as well as 4 HOLA awards, which include outstanding achievement in playwriting. NoPassport Press has published Barceló On The Rocks in a dual English/Spanish edition available on Amazon.com. Marco Antonio recently adapted Julia Alvarez’ best-selling novel, In The Name Of Salomé, into a stage play. It has won 4 HOLA and 5 ACE awards including best play and best production and is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed, extended run at New York's Spanish Repertory Theater. Next, Ashes Of Light will receive its Chicago area premiere by Urban Theater Company and its Atlanta area premiere at Atlanta Metropolitan College.