James E. Garcia is a faculty associate, journalist, playwright, director, actor and producer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has taught at ASU since 2003. Among the courses he has taught: religion, culture and health, Ethnic Studies, screenwriting, playwrighting, cross-cultural writing, news writing, opinion writing, and politics and public policy.
Garcia is the founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co. and the author of more than 30 plays. New Carpa Theater features new and emerging Latino and multicultural productions. In its 20-year history, the nonprofit theater company has cultivated the careers of countless new and emerging artists.
As a journalist, Garcia has worked as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and radio and television commentator. He is the editor & publisher of VanguardiaArizona.com and a contributing commentator for AzMirror.com. Garcia was the founding editor of Latino Perspectives Magazine in Phoenix; the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, the Phoenix Valley's NPR affiliate; and the first Latino editor of major alternative news weekly in the U.S., the San Antonio Current.
His theater work includes:
"My work has been presented everywhere from a 2,500-seat theater to the parking lot of a local art gallery, and everywhere in between. In each and every instance, I've tried to ensure that my plays reflect the story of my community, not just the Latino community but the American community as a whole."
James E. Garcia has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University.