From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa – Virginia Grise writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. Her play blu was the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award and was recently published by Yale University Press. Her other published work includes "Your Healing is Killing Me: A Performance Manifesto," "The Panza Monologues," co-written with Irma Mayorga and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled "Conversations with Don Durito."
Virginia is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing and the Playwrights’ Center’s Jerome Fellowship. She is a current member of SohoRep's Writer/Director Lab in New York and an alum of the Women's Project Theatre Lab. As a curator, artist and activist she has facilitated organizing efforts amongst women, immigrant, Chicano, working class and queer youth. Virginia has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers, women’s prisons and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives at Casa Chueca in the Bronx, New York.