Faculty


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

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

  • 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

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

    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   
    • Organizer, "The Business of Screenwriting" Seminar with Iris Yamashita, 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, "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: Emma Forrest, 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, Author Visit: Jon Robin Baitz, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Organizer, Poetry Seminar with Nick Flynn, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Co-Organizer & Host, Kaya Press Lament in the Night Celebration, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
    • Presenter, USC/MPW Student/Faculty Reading, Barnes and Noble, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Organizer & Host, USC/MPW Writing for Stage and Screen Festival, Electric Lodge, Venice, 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   
    • 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   
    • Organizer & Host, USC/MPW Graduating Student Reading, 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   
    • Co-Host, MPW Graduating Student Reading, 2011-2012   
    • Panelist, Panel Discussion, Writings from the Asian Diaspora, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
    • Interviewer, Author Visit, TV Writer Michael Price, 2011-2012   
    • 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   
    • Host, MPW Graduating Student Reading, 2010-2011   
    • Faculty Marshal, USC Commencement, Dornsife College, 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   
    • Interviewer, Author Visit, TV Writer Alexander Woo, 2010-2011   
    • Organizer & Host, MPW 985 Showcase, 2009-2010   
    • Interviewer, Author Visit, Playwright Marisela Trevino Orta, 2009-2010   
    • Guest Reader, MPW Student/Faculty Reading, 2009-2010   
    • Organizer & Participant, Reading & Panel Discussion, Customs and Departures: An Evening with Thai-American Writers (co-sponsored by PEN USA), 2009-2010   
    • Organizer & Host, Funny but True: An Evening with Shelley Berman, Sandra Tsing Loh, and MPW Student Storytellers, 2009-2010   
    • Organizer & Moderator, Panel Discussion, Hollywood Script Readers Reveal Tips of the Trade, 2009-2010   

    Service to the Profession


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

    Other Service to the Profession
    • 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   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: The Nisei Widows Club, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2013-2014   
    • Co-Organizer, National Thai-American Conference, Royal Thai Consulate General, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: Encounter, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
    • Judge, Company of Angels Monologue Slam, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: Tea with Music, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion: Christmas in Hanoi, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA , 2012-2013   
    • Guest Speaker, Career Day, Public Service Community School, 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   
    • TEDx Speaker, "Mind the Gap," TEDx at Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Presenter & Panelist, "Honoring Comedy," Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Participant, "Asian & Asian-American Theater Makers Roundtable," Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, 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   
    • Dramaturg, Company of Angels Playwrights’ Intensive, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013   
    • Performer, Artists at Play Fundraiser, 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, "The Language Archive," 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, Post-Show Discussion, "Three Year Swim Club," 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, Post-Show Discussion, "A Little Night Music," 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, "Follow," Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
    • Director, "Step and Chang" Reading, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2012   
    • Pefformer, Artists at Play Fundraiser, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Guest Speaker, Post-Show Discussion, "Mysterious Skin," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Crimes of the Heart," 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   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Wrinkles," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Guest Performer and Speaker, How Race Is Made Class, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Guest Performer and Speaker, Genders and Sexualities in Asian America Class, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Moderator, The Big Read's "Joy Luck Club" Workshop, Department of Cultural Affairs & East West Players Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Guest Performer, Queer Straight Alliance, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Moderator, Artists' Reception: Liz Ho & Ryun Yu, Asian Pacific Friends of the Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Panelist, Panel Discussion, Changing Media Images of Asian Americans Symposium, OCA-Orange County, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Krunk Fu Battle Battle," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Guest Speaker, Artists at Play Kick-Off Party, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Keynote Speaker, Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration, California State University-Los Angeles, 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   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Road to Saigon," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
    • Moderator, Post-Show Discussion, "Cave Quest," East West Players, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
    • Presenter, PEN Center USA 19th Annual Literary Awards Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010   
    • Guest Lecturer, Playwriting, Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA, 2009-2010   




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