Gustavo Ott was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a playwright, theater director and fiction writer. For 20 years, he was Executive Artistic Director of the San Martin Theater and Fiesta: International Theater Festival in Caracas. As a director, he has staged over 15 plays of his own and by other contemporary authors. As a playwright, he has written over 50 plays and has been translated into 15 languages. He participated in the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa (1993) and was a resident at the 2006 Residence Internationale Aux Recolletsand 2010 Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris.He was chosen in 2002 and 2003 for the New Work Now!program at the Joseph Papp Public Theater and the Playwriting Program of La Mousson D’Ete in the Comédie Française. He has received numerous playwriting awards, including the 1998 Tirso de Molina International Playwriting Prize, the 2003 Ricardo Aranda International Playwriting Award, the Prix Ville de Paris/EtCaraïbe(2009 and 2018); the FATEX Award for Playwriting (Mérida, Spain, 2012); Third BID Award Hispanics in USA(2010), Apacuana National Playwriting Award (Venezuela, 2015), the Aguijón Theater Playwriting Award(Chicago, 2017), was a finalist in the Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition (New York, 2011) and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical 2009, Washington, D.C.