José Luis Ramos Escobar

José Luis Ramos Escobar

Ramos-Escobar is a versatile and prolific Puerto Rican writer and playwright, who has directed several plays and written television scripts. He has a significant body of plays and has received many awards, including the National Drama Award in 1999 for ¡Puertorriqueños? and the Best Production of the Year Award in 2003 for Salsa gorda.

The writer was born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree in Drama and Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico in 1971, and his master’s and Ph.D from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

He has published a novel, Sintigo (1985); a book of stories, En la otra orilla (1992); and plays including Indocumentados (1991), Mano dura (1994), Gení y el Zepelín (1995), El olor del popcorn(1996), El salvador del puerto(1996), Salsa gorda (2001), ¡Puertorriqueños? (2001), and Mascarada (2004). Ramos has directed more than 18 productions and has written scripts for television including De sol a sol, a documentary about Manuel Gregorio Tavárez (Channel 40); Cuando despierta el amor, a serial teledrama (Canal 6); Sentimientos encontrados, a miniseries (Channel 6); and Desandando la vida, a single episode drama (Channel 6).

Ramos Escobar is a Professor at the Drama Department of the University of Puerto Rico, which he has headed. He currently is the Dean of Humanities at the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.

Author: Profa. Gilda Orlandi
Published: September 03, 2014.

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