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Andrew Saito
Playwright of "Evolve!"
Handful Players 2008/2009 and 2011/12 seasons

The lyrical play, Evolve!, was inspired by Barack Obama's presidential nomination and election and is set in prehistoric times. In 2009, Andrew received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate for the World Premiere of "Evolve!," which was performed by Handful Players at seven community events, including at San Francisco's Yoshi's Jazz Club and at the Mayor's Youth Showcase in San Francisco's City Hall.

Andrew also wrote 7 five-minute plays based on international fairy tales on the summer reading list of MoMagic's Western Addition Youth Program for the children to perform at 2011 summer showcases. In addition, Andrew wrote 3 five-minute plays in 2012 for the students in Spring Valley Science Elementary School to perform based on Gold Rush and Nutrition books studied in class.

Andrew is a poet and playwright who worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Asian American Theater Company, WritersCorps, Performing Arts Workshop, Montalvo Arts Center, and the legendary Peruvian theatre collective Yuyachkani. Andrew was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in creative writing in 2012, was a finalist for a Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and completed a fellowship and Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Andrew was selected by the San Francisco Foundation in 2011 as a multicultural fellow.

He is currently a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation. His plays include La Lechera, El Río, finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night, featured at Cutting Ball Theater's 2011 Risk Is This...Festival, and The Patron Saint of Monsters, selected for a 2012 Core Apprentice developmental reading at the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, and scheduled for it's world premiere in 2013 at Cutting Ball Theater. Other presenters of his plays include the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Brava! for Women in the Arts, Kearny Street Workshop, Asian American Theatre Company, La Peña Cultural Center, and Mixed Phoenix Theatre Company in New York.