Roy Conboy is a writer, director, and teacher of Latino/Mixed Blood descent. For more than 20 years he has been the head of the Playwrighting Program at San Francisco State University. His most recent play is In Hollow Time: A Sung/Spoken Opera on the Recession, which was developed and produced at San Francisco State in 2014. Prior to that, his play My Tia Loca’s Life of Crime, was presented as a staged reading at Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble in Santa Ana, CA, and subsequently produced at Bindlestiff Studios in San Francisco in May 2012 by Guerilla Rep. His children’s plays, Hot Tamale/Tamale Caliente, and El Canto del Roble/The Song of the Oak, recently finished extended tours of Central California schools through PCPA Theaterfest of Santa Maria. Other recent plays include The Journeys of the Angels, Tailor From Chihuahua, and his solo show Drive My Coche, all of which were originally produced by Teatro Esperanza in San Francisco. Other plays such as When El Cucui Walks, and Dancing With the Missing have also been produced extensively.
As an educator Roy has helped raise the SFSU Graduate Playwrighting Program to national prominence. He has created numerous opportunities for student writers, including GreenHouse, an educational/professional partnership producing off-campus workshops of graduate student plays; and the SFSU Fringe which has annually produced multiple plays by student writers for more than 15 years. Students from the playwrighting program have gone on to numerous honors and productions in the Bay Area and beyond, including national and international awards. His former playwriting students include, among many others: Marcus Gardley, Peter Nachtrieb, Lale Shafagi, Karen Macklin, Greg Beuthin, Alex Park, Brian Thorstenson, Prince Gomolvilas, Trevor Allen, Garret Groenveld, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Elizabeth Gjelten, and Claire Rice.
Roy holds an MFA in Performance from UC Irvine, where he was one of the first Latinos to enter and graduate from the program. He was a founding member of the multicultural ensemble Cucucuevez; served as Instructor and Director of the New Plays and Players Workshop at Santa Ana College; and as the General Manager and Casting Director of the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove.
Plays produced: Drive My Coche, Teatro Esperanza and San Francisco State University, 1999; Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, 2000; Suburban Canciones, Studio Theatre and Teatro Esperanza (S.F.), 1998; When El Cucui Walks, Seattle Group Theatre and Teatro Esperanza (S.F.), 1995; Camino Confusion/ Confusion Street, SFSU, l993; Dancing With the Missing, San Francisco, l992; El Canto Del Roble/The Song of the Oak, PCPA Theatrefest, Santa Maria CA, l991; Hot Tamale/Tamale Caliente, PCPA Theatrefest, Santa Maria CA, l991; No Mas Suenos/No More Dreams, PCPA Theatrefest, l990; Camino Confusion, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, l990; Buscando American/Seeking America, Multi-Cultural Playwrights Festival, Seattle Group Theatre, l988; Strictly a Formality, Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco, l987; Visitors to My Room, finalist in l979 Playwright's Open Circle Competition, Goucher College; and others.