DESI MORENO-PENSON is a playwright/actor based in New York City. Her plays have been developed/produced at Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), INTAR, Perishable Theater (Providence, RI), Henry Street Settlement, SPF-Summer Play Festival, The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) @the Cherry Lane, Urban Theatre Company (Chicago), among others. Most recently, she is the winner of the 2017 MultiStages New Works...
DESI MORENO-PENSON is a playwright/actor based in New York City. Her plays have been developed/produced at Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), INTAR, Perishable Theater (Providence, RI), Henry Street Settlement, SPF-Summer Play Festival, The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) @the Cherry Lane, Urban Theatre Company (Chicago), among others. Most recently, she is the winner of the 2017 MultiStages New Works Contest for her play, OMINOUS MEN. Another play, BEIGE, is a finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival (San Francisco, CA), received Honorable Mention on The Kilroys List 2017, is the winner of the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award sponsored by the Arizona Theater Company, a finalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a semifinalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a finalist for the 2017 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), and a semifinalist for the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award sponsored by the American Blues Theater in Chicago. BEIGE was also nominated for the 2018 Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and was selected for the inaugural list of 50 Playwrights Project Top 8 Best Unproduced Latinx Plays 2017. This past summer, she won for Outstanding Playwriting in the Short Form (One-Act) for SNIPPED/CUT/TIED: Una Noche de Magia, an evening of three short magical-realist plays; GENESISTER, LET MEZALUCA BUY YOUR CAR, and DEAD WIVES DANCE THE MAMBO, produced by Step1 Theatre Project and featured as part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity at the Clemente Soto Velez Center. Her play COMIDA DE PUTA (F%&king Lousy Food) is the winner of the 2013 MultiStages New Works Contest, a finalist for the 2014 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, received Honorable Mention on The Kilroys List 2015, and was given its world premiere at the West End Theater in New York City, produced by MultiStages Theater Company, and directed by Lorca Peress. In addition, her play DEVIL LAND was a semifinalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award and one of only 7 finalists for the 1st annual Ball Grant sponsored by the Playwriting Collective (NYC). Performance monologues include A LATINA PREPARES (excerpt featured in the documentary; “The Theater of Rice and Beans” (Tribeca), selected as Best Performance Short at 2004 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival @Henry Street Settlement, NY), and DON’T KNOCK IT ‘TIL YOU TRY IT (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, NY). Both monologues were presented together in a solo show, “Dos Mujeres,” as part of the 10th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival produced by terraNOVA Collective, NY. Her plays DEVIL LAND, GHOST LIGHT, LAZARUS DISPOSED, 3 TO A SESSION: A MONSTER’S TALE are published through Broadway Play Publishing. A short play, SPIRIT SEX: A PARANORMAL ROMANCE was selected as part of the short plays anthology “THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2010,” and a scene from COMIDA DE PUTA has been selected for an upcoming anthology of scenes from plays written by Latinx playwrights, "SCENES FOR LATINX ACTORS: VOICES FOR THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE," both published by Smith and Kraus. Desi is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and the Going To the River Writers Unit at the Lark New Play Development Center.
2016 National Latino Playwriting Award:
2017 MultiStages New Works Contest Winner – OMINOUS MEN
50 Playwrights Project Top 8 Best Unproduced Latinx Plays 2017:
New Play Exchange:
The Kilroys' Honorable Mention 2015
The Kilroys’ Honorable Mention 2017