Ms. Villanueva holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Playwriting. During her stage management tenure at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, her play Renovations was mounted as a part of Where Do Things Go?. Pacific, a play about the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese tsunami had a staged reading in 2013 at the Next Act! New Play Summit in Schenectady, NY. Her devised piece, The Crane Fable Project, about the Japanese American soldiers in WWII, was part of the Capital Fringe Festival in DC in 2015 and she has been a contributing playwright for the DC One Minute Play Festival for two years running.
The Veils was selected for participation at the Baltimore Playwrights’ Festival (2016),
The Black and Latino Playwrights’ Conference (2016), The Kennedy Center Page to
Stage Festival (2016), The Discovery New Play Festival (2017), and The Kitchen
Dog New Play Festival (2017). She was invited to be a participant in the HMBG
Winter Playwright Retreat in 2017 and The Veils received its first full production in
February 2018 in Washington, DC as a part of the Women’s Voices Festival.
The Head that Wears the Crown was a part of The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival in 2018 and produced by Ally Theatre Company in 2019. Her new play, Her, Across the River, about the friendship between an American woman and a novice monk who meet in Bangkok, was part of the INKubator On Air and WTF Occupy the Space Festival before being produced by Rapid Lemon (Baltimore, MD) in 2022. The
QoL Mandate has been developed at NextStop Theatre Company and with The
Quarantine Reading Society in NYC and was a 2020 O’Neill Conference Finalist.
Most recently, Brackish was selected by Wayward Voices at The Wayward Artist in Santa Ana, CA for production in 2022 and her new musical, Vanishing Girl, was hosted for a reading at NYC’s Latiné Musical Theatre Lab and will have a developmental workshop at Flying V in Washington, DC in early 2023. Ms. Villanueva is the current literary manager at Bay Street Theatre and is pursuing her second Master’s Degree in Writing for Stage and Screen at Lesley University.
When Hope was in college in *cough cough* everyone was being assigned an email address that was their name and setting up their personal emails the same way. She wanted something different and waited for inspiration to strike.
One day, she stumbled upon an episode of “Winnie the Pooh” on TV, featuring Pooh eating some bad honey and going on a drug-trip-like dream sequence starring brightly colored elephants and kangaroo-like creatures: Heffalumps and Woozles! She recalled this from seeing it long ago as a little kid and referenced them in her email name.
Stagewoozle has stuck, often delighting people to remember that episode, and now she refuses to change it!