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Jose Rivera

writer The Motorcycle Diaries, The 33, On the Road, Letters to Juliet, Trade
José Rivera is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced by The Public Theatre, New YorkHis plays Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company), Sonnets for an Old Century (The Barrow Group), School of the Americas (Public Theatre), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick), Brainpeople (ACT, San Francisco), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), and The House of Ramon Iglesia (Ensemble Studio Theatre), have been produced across the country and around the world. 


Another Word for Beauty, with music by Hector Buitrago, premiered winter 2016 at the Goodman Theatre in a co-production with the Civilians, and was workshopped by New York Stage and Film, summer 2016His new adaptation of Genet’s The Maids will premiere the fall of 2016 at New York’s INTAR Theatre.  Human Emotional Process will have its world premiere at London’s Chaskis Theatre, summer 2016.  Other new plays include The Last Book of Homer, Scream for the Lost Romantics, The Hours are Feminine, The Book of Fishes, The Gamma Forest, T Equals Zero, and a new translation of Kiss of the Spiderwoman.


Rivera’s screenplay “The Motorcycle Diaries,” directed by Walter Salles, was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award in 2005.  Also nominated for a BAFTA and a Writers Guild Award, “The Motorcycle Diaries,” received the Goya Award in Spain and the top screenwriting award in Argentina.  His screenplay “On the Road,” Walter Salles, director, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  His film “Trade” was the first film to premiere at the United Nations.  Rivera contributed to films “Letters to Juliet,”  “The 33,” “White Fang,” and “Vincent.” 


Rivera co-created and produced the NBC series “Eerie, Indiana,” wrote the pilot for the “Goosebumps” series, and the Showtime film “The Eddie Matos Story.”  Current television projects include a 10-hour series for HBO tentatively known as “Latino Roots.”  “Celestina,” based on his play Cloud Tectonics, will mark his debut as a feature film director.   He is the writer/director of the short films “Lizzy” and “The Tape Recorder,” and has recently completed his first novel, Love Makes the City Crumble.  His next film projects will be a biography of famed baseball player Roberto Clemente for Legendary Films and a film about a 1977 Shakespeare company directed by and co-written with actor Tom Hanks. 


Rivera has received a Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, and awards from the Whiting Foundation, Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Arts, National Arts Club, New York Foundation for the Arts, McKnight Fellowship, and Rockefeller Foundation.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute and has been a creative advisor for Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India.  A member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre, he leads a writing workshop in New York City, where he lives.  Film acting credits include roles in “Margarita with a Straw,” Shonali Bose, director, and “iCreep,” Adrian Martinez, director.