Carlos-Zenen Trujillo (they/them) was born in Bejucal, Cuba, and has lived in Oregon since 2006. Carlos acknowledges that they live and work on the ancestral lands of the Kalapuya and Atfalati peoples. Their writing work includes: The Island in Winter or La Isla en Invierno (Inaugural Problem Play Project Commission); Abundancia (Reading; Matchbox Theatre); Christmas, Contigo (Oregon Cabaret); and Our Utopia (Bag&Baggage Productions; Fertile Ground).
Their acting work includes: Alfie Byrne in A Man of No Importance and Teacher in Small Mouth Sounds (Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University); Patrick Chibas in Spinning into Butter (Bag & Baggage Productions); Nurse/Prince/Sampson in Romeo y Julieta (Seattle Shakespeare Company); and OSF Acting Company Trainee 2020.
Their honors include: ANPF New Voices 2021 Retreat Participant; Certificate of Merit in Dramaturgy (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui); Irene Ryan Award nominations (A Man of No Importance; Elektra); Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) ASPIRE Leadership Fellow 2019, KCACTF John Cauble Award. They are also a KCACTF Directing Fellow 2020.
Carlos-Zenen has a BFA in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University. Currently they are a Pathways Fellow at Artist Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. They are a Certified Home Care Worker and a Certified Executive Chef from Culinary School at Northwest Culinary Institute. Carlos will be going to France this year as part of the American Pavilion Culinary cohort at the Cannes Film Festival.
Carlos’ passions are folklore, poetry, floral arrangements, dominoes, cooking, and playing with their big dumb Husky son, Rocky.