Julio Vera (Playwright-In-Residence)

Julio Vera has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts in motion picture/television writing from the UCLA Film School, where he won various honors including a Samuel Goldwyn Award. He’s a member of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Dramatists Guild of America. He writes for television, film and theater.

Getting To Know... Julio

Tell us about a transformative educational experience.


When my Miami Senior High School English teacher, Eugene Marley, taught me (as he did so many others) everything I would ever need to be a writer: that poetic truths are everywhere and ours for the taking, if only we know where to look. 



What about transformative professional experiences?


Two greats stand out. Working with Richard Walter, who helped me find my voice as a writer, literally page by page - how did he know? And Norman Lear who showed me the preeminence of getting to - and I quote - “that fucking golden moment” in a script.



Why I do what I do...


It’s how I see. 



What about ECT inspires you?


It’s a place that dares to go there.



Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?


Born in Cuba, been to most of the U.S. and Canada, Spain and (my favorite) England. Planning to go to Italy, Greece, Portugal, The Canary Islands, Japan, the Pyramids and Israel.



My favorite "day-off" event would be...


Reading a whole book.



If I had one million dollars I would...


... probably want more.




Fun facts...


Julio also has a Master of Library and Information Sciences from UCLA (so he could catalog your entire library - but he won’t). And he invented and sold a board game called “Hollywood Studio: The Classic Movie-Making Game.” It was selected as a Toy of the Year in its category. Sometimes you can find it on eBay.


Julio's Favorites


  1. Arroz con pollo
  2. Everything Italian
  3. Shrimp


  1. Gardening (it's me against the weeds!)
  2. Couch Potato Football (Ruffles, please)
  3. Pub Hopping (English sport)


  1. Howards End
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird
  3. 2001, A Space Odyssey


  1. Scrabble
  2. Monopoly
  3. Two-deck Solitaire

TV Series

  1. Mad Men
  2. The Beverly Hillbillies
  3. Vera


  1. Art
  2. Research
  3. Singing in the shower

Mentors/Role Models

  1. My mother
  2. Richard Walter
  3. My ancestors


  1. Genealogy
  2. Gardening
  3. Cooking

Julio's 50-Year Time Capsule

  • All my research and library
  • Family photos