Eduardo Machado was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was eight. He grew up in Los Angeles. He is the author of over forty plays. They include The Floating Island Plays, Once Removed, Stevie Wants To Play The Blues, A Burning Beach, Havana Is Waiting, and The Cook. They have been produced at many major regional theaters, as well as in Europe and Off-Broadway, including among others The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Long Wharf Theater, The Williamstown Theater Festival, The Cherry Lane Theater, INTAR, America Place Theater, and Hampstead Theatre in London.
Mr. Machado's television credits include Executive Story Editor on Season 2 of the Starz drama Magic City, which is currently shooting, and serving as Executive Story Editor on two seasons of the HBO television show Hung. He wrote and directed the film Exiles in New York, which played at the A.F.I Film Festival, South by South West, The Santa Barbara Film Festival, and The Latin American International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba.
He has directed numerous plays, including his own works and those of emerging writers. As a director, his work has appeared in numerous regional theaters including INTAR, Theater For a New City, The Ensemble Studio, The Mark Taper Forum, The Culture Project, The Playwrights Collective, The Company Theater, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Flea Theater, The Group Theater, and the Inner City Cultural Center.
Mr. Machado has taught playwriting at Columbia University (where from 1997—2007 he was the Head of Playwriting), the Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Playwrights Center. He has served as an Artistic Associate at The Public, the Flea Theatre/Bat Theatre Company, and The Cherry Lane Alternative, and he was playwright in residence at The Mark Taper Forum. From 2004—2010 he was the Artistic Director of the off-Broadway INTAR Theatre in NYC.
He is a member of the Actors Studio, The Ensemble Studio Theater, and an alumnus of New Dramatists. He has served on the boards of TCG, New Dramatists, and Theatre for the New City.
His plays have been published by the Theatre Communications Group and Samuel French. Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home, a food memoir by Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich, was released by Gotham Press in 2007. A new collection of Mr. Machado's plays entitled Havana is Waiting and Other Plays was published by TCG in Spring 2011. He has just completed two new plays, Mariquitas and Salve Regina. Mr. Machado is currently the Head of Playwriting in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.