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Jorge Pérez-Renta

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Born at a sugar cane processing plant’s hospital, Pérez-Renta is the middle child of a working-class family. He grew up on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, writing about everything he saw on the screen of a small black-and-white TV set: from historical moments like the Apollo 11 landing to The Donny & Marie Show. His very first enlightening came upon him when he was five, after reading a Spanish translation of Eric Segal’s Love Story, published in a magazine he stole from one of his aunts, who took him to see the actual film. In 1983, he won his first award at the University of Puerto Rico Literary Contest, which included students from all eleven campuses for “The Date,” a coming-of-age story about a boy going on a movie date with a girl from his neighborhood. Three years later, he completed his BA in Hispanic Studies (Magna Cum Laude) from UPR and went after his dream to become an actor, with the guidance of renowned Puerto Rican actress Luz María Rondón. After Rondón took him under her wings as his acting coach, his writing skills got him a place on WAPA Television writing staff for the hit comedy series Carmelo y punto (WAPA America), which she starred. Many scripts came in, including radio soaps, two mini-series (El Amor Que Yo Soñe, starring former Univisión’s Despierta America hostess Giselle Blondet), one telenovela, and many other TV shows. Pérez-Renta completed his Master’s in Communication/Media Writing (Summa Cum Laude). One year later, he debuted as an OP-ED columnist in 2007 and evolved into a print media for various local magazines and websites. Also, he became a resident writer/translator for Teatro Repertorio UPR, which brought him the thrill to complete the official Spanish translation for Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods, in collaboration with Dagoll Dagom, a Barcelona-based theater company (2013). Two years ago, he completed his Ph. D. in Hispanic Studies (Summa Cum Laude), with a dissertation about unresolved national trauma in six female characters of Puerto Rican theater (1958-1988). After many years of teaching and writing for others, Pérez-Renta is currently developing print, web, and film content.