JOSÉ RIVERA (Playwright and Director, The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona) The first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Academy Award, for The Motorcycle Diaries, Rivera is also the author of 26 full-length plays including the Obie Award-winning Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced at The Public Theater. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theatre), School of the Americas (The Public Theater), The Maids and Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Goodman Theatre), Brainpeople (American Conservatory Theatre), Sonnets for an Old Century (Barrow Group), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Repertory and Goodman Theatre), The Street of the Sun (Mark Taper Forum), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company) and Human Emotional Process (Chaskis Theatre, London). Screenplays include On the Road, The 33, Trade, and Letters to Juliet. For television he co-created and produced the NBC series Eerie, Indiana and has written pilots for HBO and Showtime. Awards include a Fulbright Arts Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller grant, a Whiting Foundation Award and New York Council for the Arts grant. Rivera has mentored the Sundance Screenwriting Lab in Utah, Jordan and India and leads the New York based Writer’s Group.