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Biography

Steven Vargas is a journalist, actor and dancer who focuses his work on theatre, dance and social change. He graduated from USC in 2020 with a B.A. double major in theatre and journalism with a minor in dance and in 2022 with an M.A. in specialized journalism (the arts). He is currently an arts reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He’s previously written for Entertainment Weekly, E! News, USA Today, BuzzFeed News and more. In theatre, he has worked with organizations like USC Arts in Action, Sojourn Theatre Company of Chicago, Black Lives Matter LA, and Reform LA Jails Coalition. He studied dance with A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham, Movement Migration and Imprints Dance Company (later performing as a guest artist of the company). Outside of USC, he studied Shakespeare at The Globe with a Fulbright Summer Institute scholarship and was part of the second cohort of The Kennedy Center’s BIPOC Critics Lab led by Jose Solís. Steven utilizes his skills and experiences on and off stage to communicate poignant stories through theatre and dance.