Vinny Mraz is a playwright, teaching artist and theater maker in NYC. His work has been seen at Object Movement Festival, The Tank, Dixon Place, Little Theater, The Dallas Solo Festival, Harlem Nights, the Secret Theater, New Short Play Festival, the PIT Solocom and Sarah Lawrence College. He was an Artist in Residence with the Object Movement Festival from 2018 - 2019 where he developed an original puppetry piece called You Can see Nothing From Here along with collaborator Chris Carcione. As a teaching artist he has spent the last 6 years working with senior citizens in writing workshops, acting classes and developing original show revues in senior centers and public libraries. He works with Lifetime Arts as a trainer where he leads workshops and seminars for artists and administrators on Creative Aging. He is an adjunct professor of theater at Manhattanville College.
He studied theater at Sarah Lawrence College, Emerson College, The Kenyon College Playwriting Institute, the Cherry Lane Theater School and The Second City in Chicago. He is a 2019 artist-in-residence for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Su Casa program.
Spring 2019 - I will be an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Su Casa program at the NYCHA King Towers Senior Center teaching workshops in comedy and improvisation.
July 2019 - I will be designing the set for the Shake on the Lake production of As You Like It as well as serving as teaching artist for their educational programs throughout Western New York.
August 2019 - I will be a guest artist at Andy’s Summer Playhouse conducting a week long residency working on a new piece with VHS/tape cassettes/old telephone technology inspired by Japan’s “Wind Telephone”.
Photo by Max Danesh