Cesar Abella is a screenwriter and playwright, exploring the juxtaposition of culturally-imposed identity versus self-imposed identity, often within the genres of teen drama and contemporary romantic dramedy. His work has been performed from Los Angeles to London, on both stage and screen.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Cesar received his BA in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he wrote and directed five plays over the course of three years. He also served as the Co-Head of Theatre Underground, a student-run organization which ran TheatreFest, a yearly four-day festival of independent student theater productions which was held a week before the school-year ended. He ran Theatre Underground for two and a half years.
He then studied at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he received his MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media. While at Central, two of Cesar’s plays received publicly-held staged readings, and one of his short film scripts was filmed by the university.
He was selected as one of seven playwrights whose work would be performed in The Old Vic’s 24-Hour Plays in the summer of 2009, where he and his fellow company members had 24 hours to write, direct, produce, and perform a play on the world-renowned Old Vic stage. He continued his affiliation with The Old Vic by co-writing another play with six other writers to be performed for The Evolution Project, as well as writing a prize-winning monologue which was filmed by Old Vic New Voices. He is also a founding member of Straight Out of Line Company in London.
He continues to write projects for both stage and screen. A new version of an earlier work, The “I Need Therapy!” Show, will be performed in Los Angeles by Theatre Unleashed in March 2011, and a short film he wrote, (In)Famous, is currently in post-production.