Marc David Pinate


Marc David Pinate is a poet, playwright, actor, organizer, and activist currently residing in Tucson, Arizona.

Originally from Chandler, Arizona, he received his BA in Communications from Santa Clara University in 1994. Pinate went on to teach ESL Social Studies and Chicano Literature classes at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose. From 1995 to 1997 he worked with the Chicano theater company, Teatro Visión, as production manager, light board operator, actor, and workshop coordinator. Pinate also holds a Master of Arts degree in Theater Arts from San Jose State University.

Pinate is the co-founder and front man-poet of Grito Serpentino, a spoken word and music ensemble which has toured throughout the country. In 1999, Pinate was a member of the San Jose Slam Team which took first place at the National Slam Championships in Chicago that year and which also earned him an appearance on CBS’s “60 Minutes” when the news program did a feature story on slam poetry. The same year Pinate founded Los Del Pueblo Actors’ Lab, a grass roots NeoChican@ theater company which has mounted several plays written by Pinate including The Mex-Files, The Tale of Johnny Hispanic, Amor Rabioso, The Lunatic and The Journey of Isis.

As a solo poet, he has performed in cities and venues around the nation including New York’s Lincoln Center and Nuyorican Poets Café, Denver’s Su Teatro Cultural Center, the Chicago Theater and Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona. Pinate’s poetry, plays and short stories have been published in The Santa Clara Review, Razateca, Comfusion, Calaca Review, Zyzzyva and StreetLow magazine. With his group, Grito Serpentino, Pinate has recorded and released two spoken word CDs: the self titled debut CD, Grito Sepentino (1999), and the recently released Para La Gente (2001).

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