Iraisa Ann Reilly (She/Her) is a Jersey-born artist passionate about bilingual and cross-cultural storytelling. Her stage play, The Jersey Devil is a Papi Chulo is the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Latinx New Play Prize and second place for the Mark Twain Comedic Playwriting Prize, 2021. Select full-length stage plays include Good Cuban Girls (Teatro del Sol, at The Arden Theatre), Madame Anastasia’s Crystal Ball (Semifinalist, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival 2021), Medallas Por Un Abrazo (New Light Theatre Dark Room Series) and One Day Old (Philadelphia Fringe). As an actor, she recently appeared as “#14” in Philadelphia’s Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed virtual production of The Wolves. Iraisa Ann has also performed her original one-woman show, A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Aphasia, as a part of Philadelphia’s Solow Fest. She was a semifinalist for the Page 73 Fellowship in 2019 and has trained with LAByrinth Theatre’s Summer Intensive and the Maria Irene Fornes Workshop (with Migdalia Cruz). She is currently a Development Studio Fellow with NYU’S Production Lab, where she is working on her original screenplay, La Reina Del Bronx. Iraisa Ann grew up watching Telenovelas and American sitcoms. She aspires to work in television and film, so she can fulfill her dream of combing the two genres, for the other bilingual, bicultural kids looking to see their stories on screen. MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU (Thesis TV), BA Theatre and English University of Notre Dame.
Part of her mission as an artists has been to tell stories in order to bring about social change. For this reason, Iraisa Ann has used her first full length play, One Day Old, to raise money for organizations that aid unaccompanied minors and refugees in 2016 and 2018. To learn more about One Day Old and her wish to continue to tell the story of Operacion Pedro Pan to assist children in need, Click Here