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 12 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 work has been developed or presented at The Lark, The New Group, the MacDowell Colony, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Northern Stage, among others. His scripts include stage plays Machine Learning (The Lark's Playwrights Week; San Diego Rep Latinx Festival, Northern Stage's New Works Now; Winner of the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards; Finalist, Goldberg Prize; Semifinalist, Barrington Stage’s Burman New Play Award), Tooth for Tooth (Finalist, Sundance Theater Lab; Finalist, Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship; Semifinalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), and Patriarch (Great Plains Theatre Conference; Semifinalist, 2019 Headwaters New Play Festival); TV pilot Land Most Loved (Finalist, Sundance Lab; Winner, Ivy Film Festival); and podcast Hairy Legs Hannah's Feminist Quarter-Hour (official selection, Austin Film Festival), which he co-wrote and directed after a successful Kickstarter campaign. notrealmendoza.com
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