Eduardo Machado was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was nine. He grew up in Los Angeles. He is the author of over forty plays, including Mariquitas, The Cook, Havana is Waiting, Crocodile Eyes, Cuba and the Night, Kissing Fidel, Across a Crowded Room, Three Ways to Go Blind, In the Eye of the Hurricane, Stevie Wants to Play the Blues, A Burning Beach, Once Removed, Why to Refuse, Fabiola, Broken Eggs, and The Modern Ladies Of Guanabacoa. His plays have been produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Hampstead Theatre in London, American Place Theatre, The Cherry Lane Theatre, INTAR Theatre, Theater for the New City, and Repertorio Español, among many others.
Mr. Machado's television credits include Executive Story Editor on Season 2 of the Starz drama Magic City, and serving as Executive Story Editor on two seasons of the HBO television show Hung. He wrote and directed the film Exiles in New York, which played at the A.F.I Film Festival, South by South West, The Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Latin American International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba.
He has directed numerous plays, including his own works and those of emerging writers. As a director, his work has appeared in numerous regional theaters including Theater For a New City, The Ensemble Studio, The Mark Taper Forum, The Culture Project, The Playwrights Collective, The Company Theater, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Flea Theater, The Group Theater, INTAR, and the Inner City Cultural Center.
Mr. Machado has previously taught playwriting at Columbia University (where from 1997—2007 he was the Head of Playwriting), the Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Sarah Lawrence College and the Playwrights Center. From 2004—2010 he was the Artistic Director of the off-Broadway INTAR Theatre in NYC. He is a member of the Actors Studio, The Ensemble Studio Theater, and an alumnus of New Dramatists, and has served on the boards of TCG, New Dramatists and Theatre for the New City.
His awards and honors the Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award; the Berrilla Kerr Grant for contribution to American Theater; an AT&T: Onstage Grant; a National Endowment For The Arts and TCG Playwrights In Residence Fellowship at Theater For the New City; the Bernice and Barry Stavis Playwright Award from the National Theatre Conference; the Dramalogue Award for Best Play; L.A. Weekly Awards; a TCG and Pew Charitable Trusts National Theater Artists Residency Playwright in Residence, Mark Taper Forum; Viva Los Artistas Award from the city of Los Angeles; Ford Foundation Grant; Rockefeller Foundation Playwriting Award; and National Endowment For the Arts Playwriting Grants.
Mr. Machado has been on faculty in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts since 2007. His work is published by Samuel French and TCG. “Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home,” a food memoir by Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich, was released by Gotham Press, and a new collection of his plays entitled Havana is Waiting and Other Plays was recently published by TCG.