Rodrigo García to Teach at Penn April 22-23 as Kelly Writers House Fellow

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 19, 2013

Television and film director-writer Rodrigo García will teach and give public readings at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Kelly Writers House Fellows program April 22-23.

García will meet with students in the Writers House Fellows seminar taught by Al Filreis, the House faculty director, on Monday, April 22. That evening, he will read from his works before a reservations-only audience at Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.

The next day at 10 a.m., he will attend a private Writers House brunch followed by a one-hour public interview/conversation starting at 10:30 a.m. Both programs will be streamed live on the Web at

García is a director and writer for both TV and film, celebrated for his intimate, emotional and invested portrayals of his characters.  He directed several critically acclaimed independent movies including “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her” (2000), “Nine Lives” (2005) and “Albert Nobbs” (2011).  He created, wrote, and directed the HBO series “In Treatment.”

While Garcia’s father, writer Gabriel García Márquez, is best known for his works of magical realism, García has spent the better half of his career emphasizing the un-magical, and his style is an everyday realism. García has used the concept of "real time" in TV to gain emotional depth and to connect with his audience. He once told The Washington Post, "Anybody can blow up cars. A director who can really get into the mysteries and complexity of women is very special."

The Kelly Writers House Fellows Program offers young and aspiring writers an opportunity to be taught by the eminent authors, writers and poets tapped as Fellows each year. John Ashbery visited campus as a Fellow in February, and Janet Malcolm was at Penn last month.

Penn Libraries highlights the Fellows devoting a page to each. Additional information about García is at

Current and past Fellow biographies, archived readings and Webcasts are available at