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Artist in Residence (Temp)

University of Central Oklahoma


Zachary Scalzo (he/him/his) is the current artist in residence through UCO's Department of English. He currently teaches workshops through the department while working on his current full-length play projects. Scalzo is a writer and translator who has worked throughout North America and Europe, earning his M.F.A. in playwriting through the University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts in Calgary, AB, Canada. 


Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Creative Writing: CSDY 2513
  • Writing for Movies, TV, and Stage: CSDY 3363
  • Fundamentals of Creative Writing II: CSDY 3583
  • Seminar: Playwriting: CSDY 4910
  • Playwriting: CSDY 4513


Education and Certifications

University of Calgary
M.F.A. in Drama: Playwriting

Indiana University Bloomington
M.A. in Comparative Literature

Florida Atlantic University
M.A. in Comparative Literature: Translation Studies

Florida Atlantic University
B.A. in English & Languages and Linguistics: Italian


Office Hours

  • 9-11 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Selected Plays

    2023 Theatre Crude Fringe Festival, Oklahoma City, 2023. (One-act monodrama)
  • Us 
    dir. Jenna Rodgers, staged reading, Alchemy Festival of Student Work, University of Calgary, 2020. (Full-length, Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • Taking Shelter    
    dir. Mark Bellamy, staged reading, Alchemy Festival of Student Work, University of Calgary, 2019. (One-act)
  • Dinner Party     
    by Pier Vittorio Tondelli, translated from Italian. Excerpts read at American Literary Translators Association, 2018. (Translation, full-length)
  • Going Gaga     
    dir. Jonathan Golembiecki, The Ike & Julie Arnove PlayOffs, Bloomington Playwrights Project, 2017. (Ten-minute)

Selected Presentations, Workshops, and Lectures

  • Facilitator, editor, and presenter. Translation workshops at Poesia al Castello, hosted at the Castello del Castiglione del Terziere. Lunigiana, Toscana, June 2022.  
  • Interpreter (Italian-English). “A Conversation with Franco Ferrini,” led by Manuela Filomena. Online. Florida Atlantic University, March 2022.
  • “Patrick Rizzotti interviews Zachary Scalzo, Dramaturg, about Bury the Wren.” Interview, Toaster Lab. February 2021. (
  • Panel Participant, “Authenticity vs. Performativity in Translating for the Stage.” American Literary Translators Association 41st Annual Conference: Performance, Props, and Platforms. Bloomington, IN, October 2018.



  • When We Were Bandini: Humor and Satire in John Fante's Novels. Emanuele Pettener. Translated from the Italian. Forthcoming.
  • A Window to Zeewijk. Marino Magliani. Translated from the Italian. Bordighera Press, October 2021.

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