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Jose Rivera


The first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Academy Award, for “The Motorcycle Diaries,” Rivera is also the author of 26 full-length plays including the Obie Award winning Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced at the Public Theatre, New York. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre), School of the Americas (Public Theatre), The Maids (INTAR), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick Theatre, Goodman Theatre), Brainpeople (ACT/San Francisco), Sonnets for an Old Century (Barrow Group), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep, Goodman Theatre), The Street of the Sun (Mark Taper Forum), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company), and Human Emotional Process (Chaskis Theatre, London). Screenplays include “On the Road,” “The 33.” “Trade,” and “Letters to Juliet.” For television he co-created and produced the NBC series “Eerie, Indiana,” and has written pilots for HBO and Showtime. Awards include a Fulbright Arts Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller Grant, a Whiting Foundation Award, and New York Council for the Arts grant. Rivera has mentored the Sundance Screenwriting Lab in Utah, Jordan, and India and leads the New York based Writer’s Group.