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Prince Gomolvilas

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Associate Director

Contact Information
E-mail: prince.gomolvilas@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-6385
Office: THH 355H

LINKS
Official Website
TEDx Talk: "Mind the Gap"
 

Biographical Sketch

Prince Gomolvilas's plays include Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love, The Theory of Everything, and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, Mysterious Skin, which have been produced around United States, as well as in Canada, Singapore, and the U.K. His work has premiered at East West Players, Impact Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, and Singapore Repertory Theatre, among others. The Theory of Everything was published by Dramatic Publishing.

 

He received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama; Julie Harris/Janet and Maxwell Salter Playwright Award; International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award; East West Players' Made in America Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for the Asian Pacific Islander Community; grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation; and a screenwriting fellowship from The Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, a program sponsored by Paramount Pictures.

 

He has toured around the country with musician Brandon Patton as part of the critically acclaimed, storytelling, song-singing, bingo-playing duo, Jukebox Stories, which has also been presented at the National Asian American Theatre Festival.

 

His plays for youthdeveloped with New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware Educational Theatre in San Francisco and with TheatreWorks in Palo Altohave been touring continuously to high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools throughout Northern and Central California since 2006. His work will begin touring around Pennsylvania and Texas starting in 2014.

 

He most recently developed a new play, The Brothers Paranormal, in the Center Theatre Group Writers' Workshop and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and he currently is developing a feature-length screenplay for award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval.

 

Education

M.F.A. Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 1997
B.A. Film, San Francisco State University, 1994
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing, Master of Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2012-  
Lecturer, Master of Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2009-2012  
Playwright-in-Residence, New Conservatory Theatre Center, 2001-2006  
Associate Editor, Theatre Bay Area Magazine, 1997-2001  
 

Publications

Book

Gomolvilas, P. (2002). THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Dramatic Publishing. More Info
 

Book Chapter

Habjan, Linda (Ed.). (2006). Editor's Choice: Audition Monologues for Men [features excerpt from THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Prince Gomolvilas]. Dramatic Publishing.
Habjan, Linda (Ed.). (2006). Editor's Choice: Audition Monologues for Women [features excerpt from THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Prince Gomolvilas]. Dramatic Publishing.
Milstein, Janet (Ed.). (2005). Audition Arsenal For Men In Their 20s [features excerpt from DONUT HOLES IN ORBIT by Prince Gomolvilas]. Smith and Kraus.
Lepidus, D.L. (Ed.). (2003). The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2002 [features excerpt from THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Prince Gomolvilas]. Smith and Kraus.
Lepidus, D.L. (Ed.). (2003). The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2002 [features excerpt from THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Prince Gomolvilas]. Smith and Kraus.
Smith, Marisa (Ed.). (1999). EST Marathon '98: The Complete One-Act Plays [features DONUT HOLES IN ORBIT by Prince Gomolvilas]. Smith and Kraus. More Info
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Vertigo Theatre Productions (Touring), Manchester, England, 2014  
JUKEBOX STORIES: THE SECRETS OF FORKING, Impact Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 2013  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Vertigo Theatre Productions, Manchester, England, 2013  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Orlando, FL, 2012  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Darkhorse Theatre, Nashville, TN, 2012  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, The Drill Hall, London, England, 2011  
JUKEBOX STORIES: THE GREATEST HITS, National Asian American Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2011  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 2011  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Back Door Theatre, Portland, OR, 2011  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2010  
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, SIS Productions, Seattle, WA, 2009  
JUKEBOX STORIES: THE CASE OF THE CREAMY FOAM, Impact Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 2008  
BIG HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE, Pork Filled Players, Seattle, WA, 2007  
JUKEBOX STORIES, Impact Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 2006  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company, Santa Ana, CA, 2006  
THE FABULOUS ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN QUEER, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, CA, 2006  
BEE, Asian Stories in America Theatre, Arlington, VA, 2003  
MYSTERIOUS SKIN, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, CA, 2003  
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, DueEast Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, 2003  
BOYZ OF ALL NATIONZ, Asian Stories in America Theatre, Arlington, VA, 2002  
BEE, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 2001  
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Asian Stories in America Theatre, Arlington, VA, 2001  
DEBUNKING LOVE, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, CA, 2000  
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2000  
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore , 2000  
BIG HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE, Asian Stories in America Theatre, Arlington, VA, 1999  
SEAT BELTS AND BIG FAT BUDDHAS, Neuburger/Hudson, New York, NY, 1999  
BIG HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE, Second Generation Productions, New York, NY, 1998  
BIG HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 1998  
 

Honors and Awards

Center Theatre Group Writers' Worshop, Selected Participant, 2011-2012   
East West Players' Made in America Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for the Asian Pacific Islander Community, 2006  
The Chesterfield Writer's Film Project Screenwriting Fellowship (sponsored by Paramount Pictures), 2003  
Center Theatre Group Asian Theatre Workshop Playwright Fellowship, 2002  
National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Residency Program for Playwrights, 2001  
PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama, 2001  
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation New-Play Production Grant, 2000  
International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award, 1998  
Julie Harris/Janet and Maxwell Salter Playwright Award, 1998  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Associate Director, 01/01/2013-08/15/2014  
Acting Director, 07/01/2012-12/31/2012  
 

Committees

Member, Academic Advisory Committee, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 2012-2013   
 

Other Service to the University

Panelist, "MPW Meets MFADW: A Bridge Between USC’s Writing Programs," Western Edge Playwrights’ Salon, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2013-2014   
Roundtable Discussion Participant, "Keeping It New in the Classroom," Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2013-2014   
Co-Organizer & Host, Kaya Press Lament in the Night Celebration, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
Moderator, "Does Race Matter? Publishing as a Writer of Color" with Oliver Mayer & Gabrielle Pina & David Treuer, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Moderator, "TV Writers Panel" with Natalie Chaidez & Cherry Chevapravatdumrong & Alexander Woo, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Opening Remarks, "Poetry: A Career?! A Conversation with Kay Ryan and Dana Gioia," University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
Opening Remarks, "Writing the Literary Essay" with Tom Bissell & Lynell George & David Ulin, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Opening Remarks, Author Visit: Aimee Bender, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Opening Remarks, Author Visit: Emma Forrest, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Opening Remarks, Author Visit: Jon Robin Baitz, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Organizer & Host, USC/MPW Graduating Student Reading, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Organizer & Host, USC/MPW Writing for Stage and Screen Festival, Electric Lodge, Venice, CA, 2012-2013   
Organizer, "The Business of Screenwriting" Seminar with Iris Yamashita, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Organizer, Poetry Seminar with Nick Flynn, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Panelist, "Graduate Creative Writing Programs: An Inside Look," UCLA Writers Faire, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Presenter, USC/MPW Student/Faculty Reading, Barnes and Noble, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Workshop Leader, Master of Professional Writing & Kaya Press "Smokin’ Hot Lit Lounge," Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Co-Host, MPW Graduating Student Reading, 2011-2012   
Interviewer, Author Visit, TV Writer Michael Price, 2011-2012   
Panelist, Panel Discussion, Writings from the Asian Diaspora, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Faculty Marshal, USC Commencement, Dornsife College, 2010-2011   
Host, MPW Graduating Student Reading, 2010-2011   
Interviewer, Author Visit, TV Writer Alexander Woo, 2010-2011   
Interviewer, Author Visit, TV Writer Gail Lerner, 2010-2011   
Moderator, Panel Discussion, Based on a True Story: Hollywood Screenwriters on the Art of Dramatizing Real Life, 2010-2011   
Organizer & Host, Funny but True: An Evening with Shelley Berman, Prince Gomolvilas, and MPW Storytellers, 2010-2011   
Organizer & Host, Funny but True: Storytelling Performances, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Guest Reader, MPW Student/Faculty Reading, 2009-2010   
Interviewer, Author Visit, Playwright Marisela Trevino Orta, 2009-2010   
Organizer & Host, Funny but True: An Evening with Shelley Berman, Sandra Tsing Loh, and MPW Student Storytellers, 2009-2010   
Organizer & Host, MPW 985 Showcase, 2009-2010   
Organizer & Moderator, Panel Discussion, Hollywood Script Readers Reveal Tips of the Trade, 2009-2010   
Organizer & Participant, Reading & Panel Discussion, Customs and Departures: An Evening with Thai-American Writers (co-sponsored by PEN USA), 2009-2010   
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, Advisory Council, Ford Theatre Foundation's Community Bridges Program, 2007-  
 

Other Service to the Profession

Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: The Nisei Widows Club, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2013-2014   
Public Guest Lecturer, "The Great American Whitewash: How Hollywood Erases Asian Faces...and What We Can Do About It," Whittier College, Whittier, CA, 2013-2014   
Co-Organizer, National Thai-American Conference, Royal Thai Consulate General, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Dramaturg, Company of Angels Playwrights’ Intensive, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Guest Speaker, "Asian Desires" Course, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, 2012-2013   
Guest Speaker, "Introduction to Modern Art" Course, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2012-2013   
Guest Speaker, Career Day, Public Service Community School, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Host & Post-Show Discussion Moderator, The River and the Raft, Thai Community Development Center's SERI (Slavery Eradication and Rights Initiative) Project, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Judge, Company of Angels Monologue Slam, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: Christmas in Hanoi, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: Encounter, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: Tea with Music, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
Participant, "Asian & Asian-American Theater Makers Roundtable," Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 2012-2013   
Presenter & Panelist, "Honoring Comedy," Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
TEDx Speaker, "Mind the Gap," TEDx at Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2012-2013   
Director, "Step and Chang" Reading, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Jury Member, South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre's Post-Show Discussion, "A Little Night Music," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre's Post-Show Discussion, "The Language Archive," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Panel Discussion, Changing Media Images of Asian Americans Symposium, OCA-Orange County, Rose Center Theater, Westminster, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "A Little Night Music," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "A Widow of No Importance," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Follow," Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "The Language Archive," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Three Year Swim Club," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Performer, Artists at Play Fundraiser, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
Guest Performer and Speaker, Genders and Sexualities in Asian America Class, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
Guest Performer and Speaker, How Race Is Made Class, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
Guest Performer, Queer Straight Alliance, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Guest Speaker, Artists at Play Kick-Off Party, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Guest Speaker, Post-Show Discussion, "Mysterious Skin," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Moderator, Artists' Reception: Liz Ho & Ryun Yu, Asian Pacific Friends of the Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Crimes of the Heart," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Krunk Fu Battle Battle," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Wrinkles," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Moderator, The Big Read's "Joy Luck Club" Workshop, Department of Cultural Affairs & East West Players Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Panelist, Panel Discussion, Adaptation: The Thrown Gauntlet, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Washington, DC, 2010-2011   
Panelist, Panel Discussion, Changing Media Images of Asian Americans Symposium, OCA-Orange County, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
Pefformer, Artists at Play Fundraiser, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
Guest Lecturer, Playwriting, Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA, 2009-2010   
Keynote Speaker, Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration, California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Cave Quest," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Road to Saigon," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
Panelist, Panel Discussion, Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony (sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa), Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
Presenter, PEN Center USA 19th Annual Literary Awards Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
 
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