Christopher Oscar Peña is a storyteller — originally from California, and now residing in New York and LA. His recent world premiere plays include The Strangers, commissioned and produced by the Clarence Brown Theatre, and a cautionary tail, produced by the Flea Theatre. He recently co-directed the world premiere adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s The Haunted Life at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Upcoming projects include his first musical — an adaptation of the novel The First Rule of Punk, commissioned by The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis — and the world premiere of his play how to make an American Son in a co-production between Arizona Theatre Company, (where he was recently named an Artistic Associate) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. In television, peña wrote for the Golden Globe-nominated debut season of the CW show Jane the Virgin, as well as HBO’s Insecure, the Starz original Sweetbitter, and Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem. He is currently developing an original series for Netflix. A two-time Sundance Institute Theater Fellow, peña held fellowships with the Lark Play Development Center, he was recipient of the Latino Playwrights Award, an Emerging Artist Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop, a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, and part of the US/UK Exchange with Old Vic New Voices.
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