Ghost Limb by Marisela Trevino Orta
Creative Team of Ghost Limb


Marisela Treviño Orta is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and under commission by Audible. Her awards include the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama, 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, and 2019 Kendeda Finalist. Her plays have been presented at Arizona Theatre Company, Brava Theater, Halcyon Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Milagro, New Jersey Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Shotgun Players. Her produced plays include Braided Sorrow, Ghost Limb, Heart Shaped Nebula, Somewhere, The River Bride, Wolf at the Door, and Woman on Fire.


Natalie Villamonte Zito is a first-year MFA directing candidate here at the University of Iowa and is honored to be collaborating with Marisela Treviño Orta on this beautiful play. Natalie is an NYC based theatre artist and the Artistic Director of The Wandering Theatre Company. Most recent NYC directing credits include: The Trial of Mrs. Surratt, The Laramie Project Cycle, The Insanity of Mary Girard, and Jean Anouilh’s Antigone. She would like to thank Morgan Grambo and Mary Beth Easley.


Margo Skornia is an alum of Michigan State University and is pursuing her MFA in dramaturgy at the University of Iowa. She extends her gratitude to her family and to the faculty and members of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Broadcast Director | CHELSEA JUNE

Chelsea June is a recent graduate from UI’s MFA design program. Chelsea has focuses in media and costume design. She is working on broadcasting and liveness solutions for theatre in the time of COVID-19, working on independent projects and a research group for USITT. Most recently she was the costume designer for the UI’s production of Hit the Wall and in the summer of 2019 she debuted her work on Media Clown at the Prague Quadrennial.

Stage Manager | MARIANA TEJEDA

Mariana Tejeda graduated virtually last May from the MFA in stage management and is now starting a new MFA in creative writing in Spanish across the river. Thanks to COVID-19 she got to spend the whole summer doing Zoom Theatre with her friends in Mexico without leaving Iowa. Not all is lost ;)


Morgan Grambo received her MFA in dramaturgy at Iowa in May 2020 and has returned to produce two collaborations between the Department of Theatre Arts and Latino Native American Cultural Center. At Iowa, her focus was feminist drama, receiving a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and focusing her MFA thesis on Indigenous, feminist history plays.

Illustrations | Meredith Spencer