Israel López is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles working as an actor, writer, director, dramaturge, and producer in multicultural and international environments. He received his undergraduate degree in English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Upon finishing his studies at SMU, he went on to receive his MFA in Acting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television where he worked extensively as an interdisciplinary artist. During his graduate tenure, he was the recipient of the Mickey Dude Fellowship for the Depiction of Ethnic Diversity in American Life for his work in playwriting. López was also awarded a research fellowship through Google for his work in the field of performance and technology, and was the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Scholarship Award.
After graduating from UCLA, Mr. López worked closely with Francis Ford Coppola as an actor for his ‘live-cinema’ project titled Distant Vision. Israel has performed in regional theaters across the country including the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Guthrie Theater, Center Theatre Group, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is currently a visiting writer with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab and is the co-artistic director of the southland company. In addition to teaching at LACHSA, Mr. López works city-wide as an instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District and serves as adjunct faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.