( 1949- )
Jeannie Barroga was born into a musically inclined family in Milwaukee shortly after the end of World War II. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1972 with a degree in fine arts. After graduation, Barroga moved to northern California where she "felt a sense of relief" because she blended into the multiethnic population.
She wrote her first play in 1979 as a response to her father's death. It was not until later in her playwriting career, however, that she began to explore her own Filipino background. In 1983 Barroga founded Playwright Forum in Palo Alto to encourage new works written by California playwrights. It has since become the Discovery Project after it merged in 1986 with Palo Alto's TheatreWorks. She has served as literary manager for the Oakland Ensemble Theatre and currently serves in that capacity for TheatreWorks. In 1990 she was the temporary associate artistic director for the San Francisco-based Filipino youth theatre, TnT (Teatro ng Tanan or Theater for the People).
Barroga, who teaches playwriting in the Bay Area, conducted a playwriting class at Colorado College in 1995. Among her more than fifty plays, Jeannie Barroga has written five cable television plays and has had numerous commissions. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Theatre Communications Group.
Barroga's ability to "play with theatrical styles" is reflected in Walls, her investigation of the controversy surrounding the Vietnam Memorial. Structured as a collage of characters and stories, the play explores the myriad attitudes the