About Me


Joann Lee Farías is a writer in many formats.  As a script writer, Joann Farías’s opera libretto, Past the Checkpoints, with music composed by David Hanlon, was produced by Houston Grand Opera, and is available for touring.  Her play The Land of Corn and Power was read at the ACT Multicultural Playwrights Festival (2011).  No More Masterpieces was read at Seattle Repertory Theatre by the Seattle Playwrights Alliance (2011). She is a 2005-2006 recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights Miracle Theatre, where she wrote The Road to Xibalbá, which was produced in September of 2006, thanks to a grant from the NEA.  Her work has been seen at A Contemporary Theatre (in coordination with eSe Teatro), the Seattle Repertory Theatre (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), Brava! For Women in the Arts in San Francisco, FringeACT Festival, A Contemporary Theatre/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Carlsbad Playreaders, and Richard Hugo House.  Claudia Meets Fulano Colorado was workshopped at South Coast Repertory Theatre’s Hispanic Project in 1997 and at Live Girls! Theater in 2005 and published in Latino Plays from South Coast Repertory: Hispanic Playwrights Project Anthology (2000).  South Coast commissioned Tino Does Time, which won the Richard Hugo House New Play Competition in 2000 and was produced by Live Girls! Theater in 2003 and Miracle Theatre in 2004.  Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, was produced by South Coast Rep as part of California Scenarios and published by Playscripts.  Las Tres Marias (co-authored with Marta Sanchez and Carmen Carrion) was produced by Mae West Fest and read at Bumbershoot and Miracle Theatre.  Edward, CEO was read at FringeACT.  The Seattle Opera Education Department commissioned and produced La Casa Verdi and Orpheus Sings of Love.  Live Girls! Theatre produced the short plays Raul’s Last Stand and El Corrido de Manny Cruz.  Cornish College of the Arts commissioned and produced a translation of Moliere’s George Dandin (with Chuck Hudson).  Seattle’s La Casa de Artes commissioned and produced El Corrido de Manny Cruz.  Her radio work has been produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre, Jack Straw, New Waves Radio Theatre, and KUOW.  Literary work has been published in The Amherst Review, The South Carolina Review, and Dialogue.

As an artist-educator, she has taught at the Miracle Theatre’s Pluma Nueva program, at Portland-area schools, as a guest lecturer for the Writers in the Schools Program, and for the Artists Repertory Theatre Education Department.

She is currently working on a novel about the Robbins Reef Yacht Club ghost situation. More sailing here. The Robbins Reef Yacht Club is in Bayonne, New Jersey, where she lived for two years and is quite familiar with this old Victorian talehttps://www.newjerseyhauntedhouses.com/real-haunt/robbins-reef-yacht-club.html


As part of a continuing associstion, the Family Repertory Theatre in New York City has booked a short play in New York in October 15, 2024. 

My arts blog can be found at http://www.joannfarias.com/ These days it is mostly reviews, but one of these days my vocation in health care will be so secure that I can once more turn seriously to the business of making art. Ya gotta eat!

The do-it-yourself boat yard where this project is shaping up can be found at: 


Sailing lessons and comraderie for hapless newbies: 


© Joann L. Farias 2023