Andrew Siañez-De La O is a Chicanx artist, playwright, and writer from El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Performance. Raised in the borderlands, his work has found its focus in the political and social structures of the border. His passions lay in creating works that share stories from his communities.
He is currently a 2019 PlayLab writer with Pipeline Theatre Company in New York City where he is developing his play, “A River Becomes a Family,” an adventure play about rediscovering one's indigenous roots and uncovering long forgotten family secrets.
He most recently finished two playwriting residencies, one with Echo Theater Company’s National Young Playwright in Residence program, where he wrote “Borderline,” a play that focuses on growing up as a person of color on the border; and another with Company One Theatre’s 2018 PlayLab Fellows program, where he further developed his play “Sangre Mía,” which focuses on the intersection of immigration and the United States military.
He is also a published fiction writer with stories in literary magazines such as Stork, Concrete, and The Grief Diaries as well as a collection of short stories titled, “Lo Siento Miguel,” published by Wilde Press in 2017.
With increased awareness of the Mexican-American border, Andrew finds it important to write stories about the community that raised him. José David Saldívar, Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley once wrote, in regards to Chicano/a literature, 'Unless we can relate the struggle of U.S.-Mexico people against exploitation in the past, we shall not fully understand our own present and so will be less able to change it. [Chicano/a poetics] must be part of our liberation from tokenism, condescension, racism, and oppression, and that is why it is well worth pursuing.'
Writing Credits Include: BORDERLINE (Staged Reading, Echo Theatre Company, 2018); LA CHUPA (Prose, The Grief Diaries, 2017); LO SIENTO MIGUEL (Collection of Short Stories, Wilde Press, 2017); SANGRE MÍA (Staged Reading, RareWorks Theatre Company, 2017); A CORRIDO FOR MARIA and PASCUA (Prose, Stork Literary Magazine, Issue 23, 2017); LA PLAZA DE LOS LAGARTOS (Prose, Concrete Literary Magazine, 2017); RUBEN (One-Act, RareWorks Theatre Company & Mercutio Troupe, 2016); OUR LADY and A PRAYER FOR LALO (Prose, Stork Literary Magazine, Issue 22, 2016); CARDBOARD BOX (Prose, Stork Literary Magazine, Issue 21, 2016).
Directing Credits Include: MALA by Melinda Lopez (Assistant Director, ArtsEmerson, MA 2016); RUBEN (Writer/Director, RareWorks Theatre Company and Mercutio Troupe, MA 2016).
Artistic Development: PlayLab Writer (Pipeline Theatre Company, New York City, NY '18-19); Playwriting Fellow (Company One, Boston, MA '18-18); National Young Playwright in Residence (Echo Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA ‘17-18); PlayLab Bootcamp (Company One, Boston, MA, Fall ‘17); Creative Producer Training (ArtsEmerson, Boston, MA ‘15-17).