Emilio Rodriguez


Emilio Rodriguez (he/him) is a theatre artist who began his career at the age of 2 performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents' living room using a broom, a funnel, and his mama's high heels. Since then, he got his degree in theatre from U.C. Irvine and went on to pursue acting, directing and playwriting. He has taught Acting and Playwriting at Kalamazoo College and Michigan Actors Studio. Emilio's plays such as Swimming While Drowning have been performed in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Portland, Miami, Sacramento, and Puerto Vallarta.

Emilio has taught playwriting workshops at the University of Michigan and the University of Houston. He was also selected as the guest playwright for the 2017 Theatre Kalamazoo Festival and the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Midwest Region in 2019. Emilio won the Kresge for Playwriting in 2018 and the same year won the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo LGBT Playwriting Award. He taught multi-cultural theatre at the Detroit Institute for Music Education. Emilio is the co-founder and artistic director for Black and Brown Theatre, a theatre company dedicated to creating opportunities for theatre artists of color and the communities they are a part of.

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