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Carlos Morton: Teatro as a Tool for Teaching

Carlos Morton (UCSB Theater) Faculty

About the Project: This project involved conducting workshops at local high schools during the fall 2004. The goal was to assist drama teachers in developing their own scripts on issues particular to each community and to engage the students with themes that affect their daily lives.

About the Artist: Carlos Morton has over one hundred theatrical productions, both in the U.S. and abroad. His professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compania Nacional de Mexico, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company. He has also written for Columbia Pictures Television, Fox Television as well as three radioplays in Spanish for the SRE (Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores) and the IMER (Instituto Mexicano de la Radio) in Mexico City.

He is the author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Other Plays (1983) and Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays (1992) both published by Arte Publico Press. The Fickle Finger of Lady Death (1996, Peter Lang Press) are English language translations of four plays by contemporary Mexican playwrights. Rancho Hollywood y otras obras del teatro chicano, (1999, Arte Publico Press & Ediciones EL Milagro) is a Spanish language collection of his plays.

A former Mina Shaughnessy Scholar and Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico, Morton holds a M.F.A. in Drama from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999 he was inducted into the “Writers of the Pass,” in El Paso, Texas.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Morton has lived on the border between Mexico and the United States since 1970. He has taught playwriting and courses in dramatic art in various universities in Texas, California and Mexico. His association with the University of California goes back 25 years as a graduate student at UCSD (1976-79), part-lecturer at UC Berkeley (1980-81), and tenured Professor of Theatre at UC Riverside (1990-2002). Morton is Director of the Center for Chicano Studies and Professor of Dramatic Arts at UCSB where he teaches classes in playwriting, U.S. Latino Theatre, and Latin American Theatre.

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