Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the US and abroad. His newest play, Blind Date, will be produced this coming season at the Goodman Theater under the direction of Robert Falls.
Rogelio is a recipient of a 20017 Guggenheim Fellowship and is also the winner of a Princess Grace Award and a Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company. In the past he has received grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, NEA/ TCG, and the James Hammerstein Award. After receiving an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Science and Technology Initiative Grant by the Denver Center, Rogelio went on to write When Tang Met Laika, a post-Cold War space exploration play, which was subsequently produced at Denver Center. This inspired Rogelio to bring the Cold War itself on stage and write a three-play cycle exploring the time period. The first play in his Cold War trilogy is Ping Pong. The play is about U.S.-Chinese relations during the Nixon administration. It was presented at the Public Theatre. Born in East Berlin, the second play, tackled the impact a Springsteen concert had on East Germans just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The play was workshopped at the Atlantic Theater Company and has since been translated into both Hungarian and Romanian. It will be published in Romanian. The trilogy’s conclusion is Blind Date, a close look at all the backroom diplomacy leading to the first Reagan/ Gorbachev Summit in Geneva and the events that followed.
Rogelio is an alumnus of New Dramatists and was also a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. His plays have been workshopped and commissioned by various theaters across the country including the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Atlantic Theater Company, Arden Theater, Asolo Repertory, and Ojai Theater Company.
As an advocate of the arts and an educator, Rogelio has spoken before the Albany State legislature and worked with and mentored writers of all ages. Over the last twenty years, Rogelio has taught at various institutions including Columbia University, City College of New York, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and Goddard College. In the summer of 2016, Martinez travelled to Portugal where he taught a two-week writing workshop. He has also translated the work of both Mexican and Cuban playwrights.
Rogelio was born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba and came to this country on the Mariel boatlift in 1980.