Born and raised in New York City, with roots from the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. His acclaimed play, Ashes Of Light, has received extended by popular demand productions in theaters across the nation and internationally such as Off-Broadway's LATEA theater, Lehman Stages, Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras and Buenos Aires, Argentina's Teatro La Mueca. It is the recipient of 5 HOLA awards, including Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting. Ashes Of Light has been published in both Spanish and English editions by NoPassport Press and studied at universities nationwide and internationally such as Rutgers and the University Of Puerto Rico. Marco Antonio has written guest commentary for national publication Latino Leaders Magazine and TCG (Theatre Communications Guild). He is the recipient of a Banff International Literary Translation Centre Writing Residency in Alberta, Canada and a CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives Library Fellowship. He was recently given the "Rising Star Award" by the New York Dominican Parade. His play, Barceló On The Rocks, was an O'Neill Theater Conference semi-finalist, won the national MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition as well as 4 HOLA awards which include outstanding achievement in playwriting. NoPassport Press has published Barceló On The Rocks in a dual English/Spanish edition available on Amazon.com. Marco Antonio was commissioned to adapt Julia Alvarez’ best-selling novel, In The Name Of Salomé, into a stage play. It has won HOLA, ACE, ATI and LATA awards in the best play and best production categories and enjoyed a critically acclaimed, extended run at New York's Spanish Repertory Theater. Marco just adapted and directed the world-premiere adaptation of Junot Diaz' Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for New York's Spanish Repertory Theater which is enjoying an extended, sold-out run. His play, La Luz de un Cigarrillo (Ashes of Light) is currently enjoying its third remounted production at Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras. Next, Marco's new play, Bloom, premieres at New York's IATI theater.