Playwright | Writer | Consultant

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C. QUINTANA, or CQ (pronouns: she/any) is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. There is "other" and "in-between" in all of us; CQ tells stories that mine the misconception of dissimilarity and proclaim, "You are not alone." 

Her plays and musicals have been developed and produced with companies including Diversionary Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Southern Rep, INTAR, Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and more. Her play Scissoring is published and available for licensing via Dramatists Play Service and a monologue from AZUL  is published in The Kilroys List: Volume 2. For more, visit NPX.

CQ's poetry, fiction, and lyric nonfiction is published or forthcoming in Third Coast, Jacar Press, Santa Clara Review, Wildness Journal, OnCubaNimrod JournalFoglifter, great weather for MEDIA, and beyond. She is the author of the poetry chapbook The Heart Wants (Finishing Line Press), and her poem "She-lium" was featured on Radiolab's "Elements" episode in collaboration with Emotive Fruition, now Poetry Well. 

CQ's half-hour dramedy Career Gay was a top ten featured pilot on the inaugural Out in Hollywood list. Her hour-long dystopian drama pilot, Invisible Lily, appeared on the WeForShe "Ones to Watch" List, and she served as Staff Writer on ABC's The Baker and the Beauty.​ CQ is currently Story Editor on AMC's upcoming Orphan Black: Echoes. 

 

She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Café Royal Cultural Foundation, MacDowell (Ernest and Red Heller Fellow), Playwrights Realm, Van Lier/New Voices at The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, as well as commissions from the Kennedy Center, Audible, The Civilians, Palo Alto Playhouse, EST/Alfred P. Sloan Project, and more. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. @cquintanatown

 

writing.

selected plays.

BEASTGIRL
BEASTGIRL

Music by Janelle Lawrence | Based on "Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths" by Elizabeth Acevedo (World Premiere Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences 2022) From the Dominican Republic to an apartment rooftop in New York City, Beastgirl considers what it means to walk the world as “beastly” beings and how the myths that make us can be both blessing and birthright.

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AZUL
AZUL

(West Coast Premiere Diversionary Theatre 2021 | World Premiere: Southern Rep 2019 | 2017 Kilroys List ) Spanning two countries and three generations, AZUL fuses music and memory to ask: what is the true language of love?

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CITIZEN SCIENTIST
CITIZEN SCIENTIST

(Finalist BPP Woodward/Newman Award | Second Prize Barrington Stage Company Burman New Play Award | EST/Sloan Project Commission) Neema, an astronomer, meet exploring the starfield for exoplanets and battling their recent losses. Together, they discover a planet and learn what it means to be present here on Earth.

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ENTER YOUR SLEEP
ENTER YOUR SLEEP

(Zoom Theater 2020 | Yale Cabaret 2018 | NYC Fringe 2014) Childhood best friends, meet in a wild night of dreams to unravel their complex friendship, battle their sadness, and, ultimately, face a looming, dark truth.

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EVENSONG
EVENSONG

(World Premiere: Astoria Performing Arts Center, 2016) Teo works as a bank teller, goes on mediocre online dates, and searches for stability and connection while navigating the tangled shelter system.

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THE GREAT LONELY ROAMER AND THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
THE GREAT LONELY ROAMER AND THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

(Featured in inaugural NYU Voices Festival with The Movement 2017) On New Year’s Eve, a polar bear arrives in suburban Texas in search of a new home, while his sister winds up in New York City to track him down. What follows: a night that will impact the future of an entire species...

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SCISSORING
SCISSORING

(Available via Dramatists Play Service | World Premiere: INTAR 2018 | Finalist Alliance/Kendeda 2014) When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, she must find the courage to be unabashedly herself.

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THREE THOUSAND SEIZURES
THREE THOUSAND SEIZURES

(CEAD Residency, 2017) New York advertising exec Petra Hourani battles her escalating epilepsy symptoms and impending neurosurgery. Haunted by her personified seizures, who is she with them and who is she without them?

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FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Write for more information re: licensing of CQ's TYA work, including Flor to Somewhere, Música, Música, Máximo, Música (Peppercorn Theatre), Amiga Duende (Palo Alto Playhouse), and The Literate Mermaid (Girl Tales)

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poetry & prose.

DIGITAL

(Forthcoming 2021-22) 

FOGLIFTER JOURNAL
"Articles of Michigan" (hybrid)

THIRD COAST

"In Fact, You Have No Idea" (lyric essay)

THE PUNCH MAGAZINE

"Caroline & John" (short story)

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THE POETRY SOCIETY OF NEW YORK | MILK PRESS | SPILT MILK (ONLINE)

"Bill" (poem)

THE LATINO BOOK REVIEW

"Hungry" (short story)

WILDNESS JOURNAL

"Whitish" (lyric essay)

BOMB MAGAZINE

"The Queer Continuum: Emily Hashimoto..." (interview)

 

BOUDIN: THE MCNEESE REVIEW ONLINE

"In a Dark House" (lyric essay)

THE LARK BLOG

"Read (More) Plays" (flash essay)

P.S. I LOVE YOU via MEDIUM

"Go Hug Your Father" (lyric essay)

QUEEN MOB'S TEAHOUSE 

"The Three Little Pigs & the Big, Bad Buzzcut-Loving Agenda" (satire) 

PULPMAG

"Genderfication (Part I: Collaboration)" (lyric essay)

BOMB MAGAZINE

"Living is Contagious: Aimee Herman...(interview)

 

THE LARK BLOG

"What's in a Name? Why SCISSORING" (essay)

THE LARK BLOG: STAGES OF RESISTANCE

"The Conversation of Resistance"(essay)

ONCUBA MAGAZINE

"Soul History" (lyric essay) 

FRONT PORCH JOURNAL

"Life is an Application" (experimental/lyric essay) 

APAC BLOG

"On Evensong" (essay) 

7x7.la

"The Best-Kept Part of You"

(fiction w/ photographer JJ Jetel)

 

GLASS POETRY PRESS: PULSAMOS

"Historia (For Orlando)" (poetry)

JDBRECORDS BLOG

"Alchemy" & "King or Queen(tana)" (poetry) 

2014 LAMBDA FELLOWS ANTHOLOGY

A Slip of Moon excerpt (fiction)

 

FIRST CLASS LITERARY MAGAZINE

"Bushwick Avenue-Aberdeen Street" & "Painting" (poetry)

HIV HERE & NOW

"And How" (poetry)

 

PRINT

(Forthcoming Fall 2021)

JACAR PRESS /  ACTING UP: QUEER IN THE NEW CENTURY ANTHOLOGY

"Intensive Care" (poetry)

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SANTA CLARA REVIEW

"Final Song" 

"Maiden Voyage" 

(poetry) 

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA / ESCAPE WHEEL ANTHOLOGY

"Buffalo" (poetry)

FINISHING LINE PRESS

The Heart Wants (poetry chapbook)

NIMROD INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL

"Origins of Dress" (lyric essay) 

 

FOGLIFTER 

"Live Like the Geraces," "After Garner," &"Al" (hybrid/poetry)

 

SAW PALM

"Cornflakes con Leche" (poetry)

 

RASPA MAGAZINE

"Love's Equation," "January," and "Reunion" (poetry)

 

news & events.

contact.

THEATRE/PLAYWRITING

Katie Gamelli

Paladin Artists

p: 860-930-0757

katiegamelli@paladinartists.com

 

TELEVISION/FILM

Steven Selikoff

Shuman Company

sselikoff@shumanco.com

Katt Riley & Martin To

A3 Artists Agency

p: 203-615-8551

katt.riley@a3artistsagency.com

martin.to@a3artistsagency.com

CONSULTING + PERSONAL

cq@cquintana.com 

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