Meet the 'I Wanna Fuck Like Romeo and Juliet' Team
Andrew is a Queer Colombian-American playwright originally from Fort Myers Fl, now based in NYC. His plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theatre Collective, INTAR, Amios, The Amoralists Theatre Company, Pork Filled Productions and The 24 Hour Plays. He was one of six playwrights in Wright Club, The Amoralist's Theatre Company's yearlong playwright development program ('15-'16) He was a member of INKtank Lab for Playwrights of Color (2017) and the 2017 Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop (Chicago). He is winner of the 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Grant for writers of Gay and Lesbian Theatre. Company member of Unit 52 at INTAR. Plays include You Got That Same Kind of Lonely, That Rhythm in the Blood and he is currently developing a new play entitled "I'll meet you outside the airport, ok?", a comedy following a Latina family producing a Spanish Soap Opera in Miami, Florida.
Originally from Houston, TX, Jesse spent several years as a freelance theater director based in New York City before joining the faculty of Texas Tech University. He works primarily on new and contemporary plays. Some favorite projects include SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO with spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (HERE Arts Center); THE BETROTHED by Dipika Guha and NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM by Jennifer Haley (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Cape Cod, MA); THE NETFLIX PLAYS (Ars Nova); THE TENS (Actors Theatre of Louisville); ZEN TIES by Y York, based on the children's book by Jon J. Muth (The Rose Theatre, Omaha, NE); and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel (FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota, FL). He has developed new work at the Lark Play Development Center; the New York International Fringe Festival; The Kitchen Theatre Co. (Ithaca, NY); and the Yale Cabaret. He was the Artistic Director of the 2010 Yale Summer Cabaret and served as the Staff Repertory Director of The Acting Company. He is an alumnus of the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, where he conceived and directed a four-person adaptation of KING LEAR; the Drama League’s Directors Project; the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab; and the Civilians R&D Group. Jesse received his MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama. He is thrilled to be working with Sarah Norris and New Light Theater Project.