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RUBEN CARBAJAL

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Ruben carbajal

Collaborative script writer

 

From commercials, live entertainment and television scripts to nontraditional copy, I’ve helped create voices for clients like NBA Entertainment, Fuse TV, Airbnb and EA Sports.

As for the voices in my head, my award-winning plays have been performed across the country, with published works that include The Gifted Program, Portland, and the collection HOLD & Other Short Plays.

 

 

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FAQs

You write scripts for the NBA? Does that mean you know the outcomes of matches in advance?
No, that would be the WWF. I work with a team that produces (among other things) the entertainment breaks for marquee NBA events like the All-Star Game and the Global Games.

 

Can I hire you to write for my (Event, Website, Business, etc)?
Yes you can! I’m always looking for new clients, projects and challenges. Just shoot me an email at reach ruben at gmail dot com to learn more.
 

I’d like to use a monologue from one of your plays for an audition. Is that okay?
Sure! But while you’re at it, send me a line to tell me how it went (reach ruben at gmail dot com)!
Also: break a damn leg, you glorious thespian!

 

I’m a drama teacher, and we’re putting on a production of The Gifted Program. Can I take out some of the swear words?
First: thanks for choosing The Gifted Program. DPS has released a High School friendly version of the play that’s 100 percent F-Bomb free!

 

Are you available to visit high school, colleges, theatres that are putting up your work?
I love visiting the places kind enough to choose my work. If my schedule allows, I’m available for talk-backs, writing workshops and I’m also down for a Skype meet-up if students have questions they’d like to ask. Also: I’m happy to receive email questions too! (again: reach ruben at gmail dot com)

 

When there’s a break in the game, our team makes sure the excitement doesn’t end. I’ve been a lead script writer for [13] All-Star Weekends and nearly all of the league’s marquee events, including the world-spanning Global Games, Draft presentations and the Olympics. Over a decade of experience threading sponsor stories into events while maintaining the integrity of the NBA brand, creating a seamless game experience.  

Most Recently, I was head writer for the 2016 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, an evening Sports Illustrated called ‘one of the greatest events in NBA History.’

I’ve also crafted over 30 television spots for
NBA Cares, and written keynote speeches and copy for corporate-side presentations.

Lead writer for the 2015 Airbnb Open, one of the largest international conferences in history. Held in Paris at the Parc De Villette, it was attended by over 5,000 AirBnb hosts from over 110 countries. 

Developed keynotes for the founders and executive leadership, as well as all emcee scripting for the three-day event. My input spanned from Award Show and video introductions to developing a theatrically-inspired performance keynote in 48 hours.

Guest-writer for several episodes of the weekly music countdown show Fuse: Top 20, and head writer for several of the network’s top-rated specials including, The Fuse: 100 Sexiest Videos of All-TimeFuse News Presents: Justin Bieber and Top 25: One-Hit Heroes.

Can you write a production-ready TV Pilot in three days?

Starting with that urgent request, we went on to develop three episodes of a sports-themed show aimed at kids, featuring a throwback 70s host, Superbowl coverage with NFL stars and an interview with Dwight Howard. 

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From pitching a top-rated network television show to include the nonprofit in a storyline, I was part of a small team at Cause Effect Agency tasked with strengthening Heifer’s media profile. Over seven years, I crafted articles, press releases, fundraising letters and documentary treatments during a period of historic company growth.  

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Here are some of the people I’ve written for:

Arnold Schwartzenegger, Opening Monologue, NBA All-Star Game
Susan Sarandon, Heifer International - Article
Jon Stewart, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Kaley Cuoco, The Fuse: 100 Sexiest Videos of All-Time
Justin Bieber, Fuse News Presents: Justin Bieber
Forest Whitaker, Hope North – Speech
Dwight Howard, NBA Cares PSA
Nick Cannon, All-Star Saturday Night
Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Open
Kris Jenner, New York Ball
Bob Lanier, Rookie Transition Program
Cassidy Hubbarth, 2015 NBA Draft Lottery Show
Kristen Ledlow, NBA All-Star Practice
Sage Steele, NBA Unity Game
Dennis Scott, 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, Sprite Pre-Game Concert
Sasha Grey, The Fuse: 100 Sexiest Videos of All-Time
*True Story: she made me rewrite a throw because she wasn’t comfortable with it.

THE GIFTED PROGRAM

"Carbajal's humor alternates between lacerating and indulgent, and never slackens."  
--The New Yorker Magazine

Staff Pick --The Leonard Lopate Show

"Perhaps none of us were recluses in the gifted program, but we can all relate to the issues of adolescence that The Gifted Program evokes so well."
--The Columbia Daily Spectator


At Washington High in the year 1985, four of the school’s smartest and least-popular kids struggle day-to-day, finding escape through basement sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. But when a radio request show turns a private crush public, the simple pursuit of an education becomes a true fight for survival.

AMAZON (FAST & EASY)

DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE
(SLOWER BUT SUPPORTING PLAYWRIGHTS)

THE GIFTED PROGRAM HIGH SCHOOL-FRIENDLY EDITION (100% F-BOMB FREE)

LICENSING AVAILABLE THROUGH DPS

 

PORTLAND

*Winner of the Armstrong Atlantic One Act Festival*
*Appears in More Scenes & Monologues from the Best New Plays*

‘…The language is so rich, so deep, and so full of complex emotions that I was in tears by the end.
This play will break your heart, and you will be glad for the experience. Absolutely beautiful.’

--Daniel Guyton (Attic, Hilarious Nightmares)


Ed, a young man adrift in life, moves into a small apartment with Li, his ex-lover. Ed's awkward encounters as a room service waiter punctuate the ambiguous intimacy with his roommate, as their murky past and true feelings slowly come clear. A spare meditation on the indivisibility of love and loss.

AMAZON (FAST & EASY)

DRAMA BOOKSHOP (SLOWER – BUT SUPPORTING THE BEST BOOKSTORE IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE)

LICENSING THROUGH NEXT STAGE PRESS

 

 

HOLD & OTHER SHORT PLAYS


"In just 25 minutes, Ruben Carbajal's HOLD is able to make you laugh and think about your life."
—Review Fix


Surreal, unflinching and darkly comic, this collection of Ruben Carbajal's award-winning short plays cover everything from the menace of customer service phone calls to visions of a world bereft of books. In between there's an existential horse, New Yorkers confronting death, morally bankrupt (but comically rich) suburbanites, and a man in a high-flying lawn chair who may be a hero or a lunatic.

 

AMAZON (FAST & EASY)

DRAMA BOOKSHOP (SLOWER – BUT SUPPORTING THE BEST BOOKSTORE IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE)

LICENSING THROUGH NEXT STAGE PRESS

Have a live event in need of script writer?

Trying to find the right voice for your keynote presentation?

Need dialogue that's smart and snappy?

Looking for a brainstorming partner for your project?

Want more information on my plays or would like to schedule a public appearance?

Feel free to email me at REACH RUBEN AT GMAIL DOT COM