Marco Antonio Rodriguez


Born and raised in New York City, with roots from the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio is a graduate of La Guardia High School For the Performing Arts in NYC and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University.

He has acted, written, produced and directed hits such as PICO DE GALLO and HEAVEN FORBID(S)! (Named Outstanding New Play by The Dallas/Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum).

His short screenplays, SILENCE, MARISCAL and COVENANT all placed 1st at the NYC Midnight international screenwriting competitions. His acclaimed play, LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLO (ASHES OF LIGHT), has received extended 'by popular demand' productions in theaters across the nation and internationally such as Off-Broadway's LATEA Theater, Lehman Stages, Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras and Buenos Aires, Argentina's Teatro La Mueca. It is the recipient of 5 HOLA, 4 ACE and 3 prestigious Soberano awards, including Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting. LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLO (ASHES OF LIGHT) has been published in both Spanish and English editions by NoPassport Press and studied at universities nationwide and internationally such as Rutgers and the University of Puerto Rico.

Marco Antonio has written guest commentary for national publication Latino Leaders Magazine and TCG (Theatre Communications Group). He is the recipient of a Banff International Literary Translation Centre Writing Residency in Alberta, Canada and a CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives Library Fellowship. He was recently given an honorary award by the Dominican Ministry of Culture and the Dominican Commission in New York for his artistic achievements.  He was also given the "Rising Star Award" by the New York Dominican Parade.

His play, BARCELÓ CON HIELO (BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS), won the national MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition as well as 4 HOLA awards which include Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. NoPassport Press has published BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS in a dual English/Spanish edition available on

Marco Antonio recently adapted Julia Alvarez’ best-selling novel, IN THE NAME OF SALOMÉ, into a stage play.  It has won 4 HOLA awards including Best Play and Best Production and is enjoying a critically acclaimed, extended run at New York's Spanish Repertory Theater. Next, ASHES OF LIGHT will receive its Chicago area premiere by Urban Theater Company.

As an actor, Marco Antonio has been seen in numerous television, films and theater productions. Recently, Marco Antonio co-starred in the world premiere of Catherine Filloux's KIDNAP ROAD at La Mama Experimental Theater in New York.



“Give people a fact or an idea and you enlighten their minds; tell them a story and you touch their souls."
~Hasidic Proverb










IN THE NAME OF SALOMÉ (Adaptation of Julia Alvarez' best-selling novel.  Currently running in New York at El Repertorio Español)


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A woman mourning the death of her only son finally reveals the true cause of the demise of her marriage.

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After the death of his father, a young man reluctantly returns home to confront a truth that has created distance between him and his mother.

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English edition of Marco Antonio Rodriguez' award-winning play (LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLO) about the struggles and aspirations of a Dominican family in New York City.

Marco Antonio Rodriguez

A young female poet living in the oppressive times of 1800's Dominican Republic confronts her father about wanting to reveal her politically charged poetry to the world.