Paco José Madden is an activist writer/scholar and currently a graduate student in the Dramatic Writing program (expected graduation 2017) at Arizona State University (ASU). He received his bachelor’s degree in Drama from Catholic University of America.
Paco has received six DC Larry Neal Writer’s Awards and a Young Artists Grant and Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His play, Pioneer on the Trail of Tears (2008), is published available from Green Room Press at https://www.greenroompress.com/default.aspx?pg=sd&st=PIONEER+ON+THE+TRAIL+OF+TEARS&p=208. Madden’s plays, The Fifth Musketeer (2009), 1001 Days (2010), and Who Killed Captain Kirk? (2011) premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. His theater for young audiences play Crisscrossing the Galaxy at Faster than the Speed of Light for a Hug (2016) toured four schools in Phoenix, AZ in April 2016 and his play Postcards from the Apocalypse was produced by Brelby Theatre Company of Glendale, AZ in May 2016 and has been nominated for an ariZoni award for Original Script - Adult. Paco is currently adapting his screenplay, Slasher Girl, which was awarded 2nd place in the Feature Slasher category for The 2015 International Horror Hotel, for the stage. It will receive a public presentation in the spring 2017 at ASU.
His short plays on the #blacklivesmatter movement Stop & Frisk and Next Discussion for Book Club: Michelle Alexander’s the New Jim Crow were presented at the Mid-America Theater Conference in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Paco currently teaches a class in Writing Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy at ASU.