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 was a 2019 artist-in-residence for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Su Casa program. He is a teaching artist with Rehabilitation Through the Arts. 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.
September 2019 - I will be directing a production of “The Motherf*cker with the Hat” by Stephen Adley Gurguis for the department of Dance and Theater at Manhattanville College.
October 2019 - Presenting an excerpt of “Land Line”, a new original puppet play at the La Mama Puppet Slam. A longer excerpt will be presented at Puppet Blok at Dixon Place in December.
November 2019 - Directing a production of “Dog Sees God” by Bert V. Royal at Westchester Community College.
2019 - 2020 - I am honored to have been selected as a fellow for the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship program along with 24 other incredible makers and doers.
Photo by Max Danesh