Jorge Ignacio Cortinas' awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; as well as the Helen Merrill Award and the Robert Chesley Award. His first play Maleta Mulata was produced by Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. His second play Sleepwalkers was produced by the Area Stage and the Alliance Theatre, and was awarded a Carbonell Award for Best New Work. His play Blind Mouth Singing completed runs at Chicago's Teatro Vista and the New York based National Asian American Theatre Company, productions the Chicago Tribune praised as having "visionary wit" and that The New York Times called "beautiful and strange." He has been commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Repertory. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a member of New Dramatists.