Iraisa Ann Reilly (She/ Ella) is an artist who is half-Cuban, half-Irish and whole New Jersey. Her play The Jersey Devil is a Papi Chulo was part of Sol Project’s Sol Fest 2022, and on the Yale Drama Series Shortlist (2022). It was also a recipient of the KCACTF Latinx New Play Prize and Mark Twain Prize for comedic playwriting (2021). Her play Saturday Mourning Cartoons was a winner and developed at Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, 2022, a finalist for the Goldberg Playwrighting Prize (2022) and a semifinalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award (2023). Iraisa Ann’s play Good Cuban Girls was developed and produced by Teatro Del Sol (at the Arden Theatre, 2019). 

Her work has been recognized by The Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, New York Classical Theatre, and Rorschach Theatre, and developed by The New Harmony Project, Theatre Exile, and NYU Production Lab’s Development Studio. Iraisa Ann’s screenplay, La Reina Del Bronx won Best Feature Screenplay at the Fusion Film Festival, 2022 and was a Semifinalist for the Vail Film Festival. As a performer, she recently appeared in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of The Wolves (#14), and wrote, produced and performed her own one-woman show, A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Aphasia for the Philadelphia Solow Fest. Most recently her play, House Bill #3979 Amendment #10: The Life and Works of Hector P. Garcia was developed, produced and performed by Texas A&M  University-Corpus Christ. Iraisa Ann was semifinalist for the Page 73 Fellowship, 2019, and a recipient of the Chair Award from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing 2021.

She is currently under commission with Michigan State University, and The Arden Theatre Company. Iraisa Ann is an adjunct professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch. 

MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU, BA Theatre and English University of Notre Dame.




2023 -News

Saturday Mourning Cartoons named a semi-finalist for Premiere Stages New Play Festival Learn More

A staged Reading of Eminent Domain with Art House INKubator in Jersey City May 8th Read More

Proud to be named a recipient of the 2023 Latinx Playwright’s Circle Mentorship Read The Article in American Theatre Magazine

Performed Off-Broadway March 28-April 15 as “Mallory” in Arlene Hutton’s According to the Chorus 

Read about it on Play Bill

Saturday Mourning Cartoons named a semi-finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award Learn More


Saturday Mourning Cartoons staged reading at Bay Area Playwrights Festival (Winner) August 5, 2022 Learn More

The Jersey Devil is a Papi Chulo staged reading at Sol Project’s Sol Fest in partnership with Pregones and PRTT August 9, 2022 Learn More