MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS
Written by Matthew Paul Olmos
Inspired by Tina Satter’s theatrical piece Is This A Room and a chapter from Samantha Power’s memoir The Education of an Idealist, this project focuses on the swift and calculated response from President Obama’s White House when the 2014 outbreak of Ebola surfaced in West Africa. Decisions immediately drew on the expertise of USAID and the CDC to set up Treatment Units in the infected areas, facilitate the training tens of thousands of local health workers, and to create an airbridge to fly in doctors, nurses, and supplies. Ultimately, the White House’s team led to the infected countries declaring themselves virus-free in the next year, give or take; a global pandemic averted.
MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS (Playwright). Three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, Humana Festival playwright, Ojai Playwrights Conference playwright, New Dramatists Resident, Arizona Theatre Company's National Latinx Awardee, Center Theatre Group playwright, Geffen Writers Room playwright, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan playwright, Princess Grace Awardee, Repertorio Español Nuestra Voces awardee, La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Awardee (selected by Sam Shepard). Mentored by Ruth Maleczech (Mabou Mines/SUITE); Taylor Mac (Cherry Lane Mentor Project). Former fellow/resident at Baryshnikov Arts Center, INTAR, Latinx Theatre Commons, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages; Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member; proud Kilroys nominator. His work has been presented nationally, internationally, is published, and taught in university. matthewpaulolmos.com