Francisco Mendoza

Francisco Mendoza

Francisco Mendoza was born in the wine regions of Argentina and was an avid reader since childhood, spending every house-chore-earned peso at the used books store. He dreamed of traveling the world like his literary heroes, a dream that became true when he was twelve and his family relocated to Brazil.

After graduating from Journalism school, he pursued a career in marketing, but the child...
Francisco Mendoza was born in the wine regions of Argentina and was an avid reader since childhood, spending every house-chore-earned peso at the used books store. He dreamed of traveling the world like his literary heroes, a dream that became true when he was twelve and his family relocated to Brazil.

After graduating from Journalism school, he pursued a career in marketing, but the child reader in him kept pushing him to go after his storytelling passion, and he was awarded a fellowship at the Tisch School of the Arts' Dramatic Writing MFA program.

Moving countries for the second time, and graduating with honors, Francisco is now pursuing a cross-medium writing career, and his scripts, which explore themes of immigration and identity, include TV pilot LAND MOST LOVED (Finalist, Sundance Lab; Winner, Ivy Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival), podcast HAIRY LEGS HANNAH'S FEMINIST QUARTER-HOUR (official selection, Austin Film Festival), screenplay TEMPLE ON FIRE (official selection, Oxaca Film Festival), and stage plays MACHINE LEARNING (The Lark's Playwrights Week; Finalist, Goldberg Prize; Semifinalist, Barrington Stage’s Burman New Play Award) and TOOTH FOR TOOTH (Finalist, Sundance Theater Lab; Semifinalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; Finalist, Normal Avenue NAP Series).

Plays

  • Machine Learning
    When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge creates a nursing app to manage the disease. But as the machine's capabilities grow, it attracts the attention of the tech industry, forcing Jorge to choose between staying by his father's side or dedicating to his passion. Dealing with issues of immigration, legacy, and life dreams, MACHINE LEARNING explores...
    When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge creates a nursing app to manage the disease. But as the machine's capabilities grow, it attracts the attention of the tech industry, forcing Jorge to choose between staying by his father's side or dedicating to his passion. Dealing with issues of immigration, legacy, and life dreams, MACHINE LEARNING explores what it means to be children - and what it means to be parents.
  • Tooth for Tooth
    Inés, a librarian living in 1970s Buenos Aires, during the dark period of Argentina's "Dirty War," grieves the death of her daughter at the hands of the left-wing guerrilla, but is forced to reconsider her loyalty to the dictatorship (and her military husband) when a friend goes missing, and she begins to fear the tales of abduction and torture the government insists on denying may be all too real.
  • Patriarch
    It's 1962, and Pope John XXIII has convened the Second Vatican Council, calling bishops from all around the globe to try and build a bridge between the Church and the modern world. Thousands of miles away, in Brooklyn, a father is also summoning his children back home, to deliver grave news. The meeting reopens old wounds between him and his daughter, and it's not long before discord (or possibly the Devil) enters the house.