10: James E. Garcia

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10: James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia is a playwright, journalist, university lecturer, and owner of Creative Vistas Media, a Valley-based media consulting firm. He also serves as the director of communications at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a staff associate at Urias Communications.

Garcia has taught writing and ethnic studies courses at Arizona State University since 2003. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and television and radio commentator. He was the founding editor of Latino Perspectives Magazine and the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, 91.5, the Valley's NPR affiliate.

He's currently the founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co. in Phoenix and serves on the board of the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise.

Read more about Garcia and his upcoming show, which premiers on Sept. 24, after the jump ...

Photo by Phil Soto, Courtesy of James E. Garcia
James E. Garcia, left, and Robert Bledsoe, right, in Mr. Ambassador: The Life and Times of Raul H. Castro
1. List five things on your inspiration wall (real or imaginary):

People who dedicate themselves selflessly to community activism.

2. What was your last big project?
"The Eagle & The Serpent: A History of Mexico Abridged" about the history of Mexico spanning 30,000 years. As a dramatist this was a joy to work on because of the colorful drama that makes up Mexico history.

[The show opens on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center in Phoenix, for location and ticket information, click here.]

3. What's your next big project? Amexica: Tales from the Fourth World.
A multi-disciplinary performance piece about a poet who travels the breadth of the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the past and future, in search of the roots of his inspiration.

4. Why do you do what you do?

I'm addicted to doing things that matter, at least in small ways, to the world I occupy.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you (and if you're game,what's something you DON'T want Phoenix to know about you?)
I'd like people to know that everything I do is motivated by contributing something useful and good to our collective community.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin

96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew
61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz
59. Lynn Fisher
58. Tanner Woodford
57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer
55. Tom Leveen
54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd
50. Monica Aissa Martinez
49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon
47. Matt Moore
46. Andrea Hanley
45. Julie Hampton
44. Ted Decker
43. Saskia Jorda
42. Michael Bergfalk
41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning
38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock
36. Kade Twist
35. Cindy Dach
34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle
32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan
29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller
27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson
25. Tara Logsdon

24. Gennaro Garcia
23. Tiphanie Brooke

22. Dan Semenchuk

21. James Angel
20. Tessa Windt19. Mitch Fry18. Miro Chun17. Randy Slack16. Abbey Messmer15. Jessica Jordan14. Brent Bond13. Peter Shikany12. Carolyn Lavender11.Derek A. Welte

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