Cesar was born and raised in San Francisco, which he’ll tell you every single chance he gets. In fact, that’s how he starts every single bio, personal statement, exam, paternity test, circus act application or obituary he’s ever been asked to scribble down.
He wrote his first play at the age of eight, when he reimagined Romeo and Juliet as being played by a pair of potato-people. Then, a series of misadventures and near-misses led him to UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television, where he entered the playwriting program with relish. There, he wrote The ‘I Need Therapy!’ Show, Sunrise, Don’t Touch Me, Plot Device, and Computer Farce, which he also directed. While at UCLA, he became one of the two heads of Theatre Underground, an organization that helped find spaces and funding for student-produced pieces, including TheatreFest, a massive 72-hour festival.
He is also a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he received his MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media. He was the only American member of the 2009 24-Hour Plays produced by The Old Vic Theatre, and won a monologue competition judged by Pulitzer-Prize finalist John Guare. He has been recognized as a California Arts Scholar and a play of his was a semi-finalist at The Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City.