Mario Correa

Mario Correa came to the United States from Chile at age six. Raised outside Washington, D.C., he worked in and around politics — including for years as a Congressional aide — before becoming a playwright.

Mario’s plays have been produced to acclaim in New York and regionally. They include the New York Times’ Critics’ Pick TAIL! SPIN!, directed by Tony Award® nominee Dan Knechtges and starring Tony Award nominee Rachel Dratch. TAIL! SPIN! was nominated for Best Unique Theatrical Experience by the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, and its New York International Fringe Festival debut was nominated for Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway by the GLAAD Media Awards.

Other plays include COMMANDER (Runner Up, National Latino Playwriting Award); SANTA FOR PRESIDENT (commissioned by National Public Radio and broadcast Christmas Day on All Things Considered); HENRY (nominee, Outstanding Original Short Script, New York Innovative Theater Awards); and THIS IS WHAT I KNOW (EST/Memberfest).

Mario is a frequent contributor to The 24-Hour Plays, where his work has been performed by Hugh Dancy, Reed Birney, Juliana Canfield, Tim Day and many others. He is a member of The 24-Hour Plays Board of Directors.

Mario is also an accomplished screenwriter. Credits include the acclaimed motion picture Dark Waters, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway. For the screenplay, Mario and Matthew Michael Carnahan were nominated for the prestigious USC Scripter Award, a Humanitas Prize, a Satellite Award, and other industry honors.

Mario’s screenplay, Let Her Speak, the #2 script on the 2017 Black List, is in development by Escape Artists and Smokehouse Films, with Laura Dern attached in the lead role. He has also developed television projects at HBO and Apple.