vanessa garcia

vanessa garcia

Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist working as a novelist, playwright, and journalist. Her debut novel, White Light, was published in 2015, to critical acclaim. Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, Al Dia, Flavorwire, and numerous other publications and institutions, it also won an International Latino Book Award.

Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, New...
Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist working as a novelist, playwright, and journalist. Her debut novel, White Light, was published in 2015, to critical acclaim. Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, Al Dia, Flavorwire, and numerous other publications and institutions, it also won an International Latino Book Award.

Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the world. These include The Cuban Spring (a full-length Carbonell Award nominee for Best New Play, 2015) and The Crocodile’s Bite (a short included in numerous anthologies such as Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016; the City Theatre Anthology 2015; and the Writer’s Digest Annual Award Anthology, 2015). Her short, FREEK! was anthologized in the Best Five Minute Plays for Teens, 2017 (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books).

As a journalist, feature writer, and essayist, her pieces have appeared in The LA Times, The Miami Herald, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Southern Humanities Review, among numerous other publications. She’s also a Huffington Post blogger.

She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine in English (with a focus in Creative Nonfiction), an MFA from the University of Miami (in fiction), and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (English and Art History).

Plays

  • 1000 Miles
    Solis just arrived in The City from 1000 Miles Across the Sea. She’s searching for family, for a way to carve out a new life. But The City is changing, and the very skills Solis brings with her can either save or destroy this new place she's beginning to call home.
     
    1000 Miles is a play about what it means to migrate to a new place. It’s a play about survival, surveillance, nationalism, and...
    Solis just arrived in The City from 1000 Miles Across the Sea. She’s searching for family, for a way to carve out a new life. But The City is changing, and the very skills Solis brings with her can either save or destroy this new place she's beginning to call home.
     
    1000 Miles is a play about what it means to migrate to a new place. It’s a play about survival, surveillance, nationalism, and the nature of opportunity. About the walls that block our path and the new doors we try to open to save ourselves and those we love.
  • Grace, Sponsored by Monteverde
    Catherine has just divorced Sebastian, but her spirits are fiercer than ever. She decides to travel throughout the United States with her new lover and colleague, Lewis. They are a kind of 21st century Lewis and Clark (Lewis and Catherine) trying to uncover stories in each of the fifty states. Along the way, they pick up a wayward nun named Rosalie, who has just gone through deep loss. They meet a teenaged girl...
    Catherine has just divorced Sebastian, but her spirits are fiercer than ever. She decides to travel throughout the United States with her new lover and colleague, Lewis. They are a kind of 21st century Lewis and Clark (Lewis and Catherine) trying to uncover stories in each of the fifty states. Along the way, they pick up a wayward nun named Rosalie, who has just gone through deep loss. They meet a teenaged girl named Blake, and rummage through the layers of migration that make up America – all sponsored by a rum named Monteverde.
  • The Cuban Spring
    Siomara Gonzalez used to think identity crises were for wusses. Now she's smack in the middle of one. She's an ABC -- an American Born Cuban -- who's never been to Cuba. Her husband still won't open up about his past, and her own parents are hiding secrets Siomara has never been able to crack. Until now. All of a sudden, all these gray areas in her life really bother her. Because Siomara is...
    Siomara Gonzalez used to think identity crises were for wusses. Now she's smack in the middle of one. She's an ABC -- an American Born Cuban -- who's never been to Cuba. Her husband still won't open up about his past, and her own parents are hiding secrets Siomara has never been able to crack. Until now. All of a sudden, all these gray areas in her life really bother her. Because Siomara is pregnant, about to have her first child, and ready to delve deep into her roots, no matter how dirty she gets in the process. What arises is not so much a melting pot, as much as a dangerous boiling point. The question is whether she, her husband, and her first born can survive the ordeal.

    NOTE: The play takes place in 2011, and shows, through this family, the breaking of what the writer calls the "familial embargo," which had to be broken before addressing the "economic embargo" on Cuba.