LIA ROMEO

 

liaromeo@yahoo.com

Representation: Samara Harris, Robert A. Freedman Agency

 

 

EDUCATION:

            Princeton University (B.A. in Comparative Literature, G.P.A. 3.70.  Studied with Arthur Kopit and Neal Bell.)

            Rutgers University (M.F.A. in Playwriting, G.P.A. 3.97.  Studied with Lee Blessing.)

           

PLAYS:

Full Length (Selected)

 

The Forest

O’Neill National Playwrights Conference selection, 2018

Kilroys List 2019

Production: New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Long Branch, NJ (upcoming)

Production: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Boulder, CO (upcoming)

Workshop: Florida Studio Theatre

 

Green Whales

Production: Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, MO

Production: MCS Theatre, New York, NY

Production: Forward Flux, Seattle, WA

Production: Renegade Theatre Experiment, San Jose, CA

Finalist: PlayPenn

Published by Broadway Play Publishing

Workshop: NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop

 

Connected

Production: Project Y Theatre Company, 59E59, New York, NY

Commission and production: HotCity Theatre, St. Louis, MO

Published by Playscripts

Awards: NYIT Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script (nominee), St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Best New Play (nominee)

Workshop: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s PlayFest

 

The Lucky Ones

Production: Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit, NJ

Awards: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (finalist), Premiere Stages at Kean University (semi-finalist)

 

Reality

Production, HotCity Theatre, St. Louis, MO

Production, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ

Published by Playscripts

Awards: ATCA/Steinberg Award (nominee), Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (nominee), HotCity Theatre New Play Festival (winner), St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Best New Play (nominee)

Workshop: New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Project

 

Hungry

Production: Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, MO

Production: Stillwater Theatre, Raleigh, NC

Production: The Skeleton Rep, New York, NY

           

Right Place, Right Time

Production: Renegade Theatre Experiment, San Jose, CA

Production: Stillwater Theatre, Raleigh, NC

Production: XPressions Performing Arts Network, Baltimore, MD

Published by Broadway Play Publishing

Awards: O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference (finalist), Alliance/Kandeda Graduate Playwriting Competition (runner-up), Silicon Valley Award for Best New Play (winner)

 

A Perfect Fit

Production: Vermont Pride Theater, Randolph, VT

Kilroys List 2016 (Honorable Mention)

Workshop: Edge Theatre, Denver, CO

           

What Happened That Night

Production: Project Y Theatre Company, New York, NY

Production: New Origins Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA

Workshops: Rising Sun Performance Ensemble, New York, NY, T. Schreiber Studios, New York, NY

 

LoveSick

Production: Project Y Theatre, 59E59, New York, NY

Reading: Atlantic Theatre Stage 2

 

American Dreamers

Production: Jersey City Theater Center, Jersey City, NJ

Production: West of 10th, New York, NY

 

The Grand Tour

Winner: New Jersey Playwrights Contest

Workshop production: Porch Light Productions, Glen Rock, NJ

 

Babies

Workshop: Lark Theatre, New York, NY

           

One-Act (Selected)

“Baby Boom”

Productions: Project Y Theatre, coLAB Arts, Looking Glass Theatre

 

“Mrs. Henderson’s Cat”

Production: Hangar Theatre

 

Short (Selected)

“The Presentation”

City Theatre National Short Playwriting Award, winner

Selected for Dramatists’ Play Service Best 10-Minute Plays, 2019

 

“Yog Sothoth”

Productions: Samuel French Festival, 3 Graces Theatre Company, Little Fish Theatre, Luna Stage

Awards: Heideman Award (finalist), City Theatre National Short Playwriting Award (finalist)

 

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship Winner, New Jersey State Council for the Arts, 2018

Project Y Playwrights Group, New York, NY, 2014-present

InViolet Theater, New York, NY, company member, 2016-present

Athena Theatre Playwrights Group, New York, NY, 2015-2016

BMI Librettists Workshop, New York, NY, 2015-2016

Abingdon Theatre Playwrights Group, New York, NY, 2013-2015

New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Project, 2011-2012

National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence, 2008-2009

 

LITERARY AND NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORK:

            Associate Artistic Director, Project Y Theatre Company, 2017-present

            Literary Manager, Project Y Theatre Company, 2014-2017

            New Play Coordinator, Jersey City Theater Center, 2015-2018

 

TEACHING AND GUEST ARTIST WORK:

Writing and Critiquing Drama: Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.A. program in creative writing, instructor, 2017-present

PlayGym: New Jersey Play Lab, instructor/dramaturg, 2019

Featured Artist/Panelist: Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK

Visiting Guest Artist: MIDDSummer PlayLab at Middlebury College (workshop and talkback)

                                              University of Colorado New Play Festival (led workshops)

                                              Fairleigh Dickinson University (play production and talkback)

                                              Thomas Jefferson High School (play production and talkback)

                                              Quinnipiac University (led workshops, responded to plays)

                                              Meredith College (led workshops, play productions)

                                              Rutgers University (in-class guest artist)

                                              Goshen College (led workshop, play production)

 

OTHER WRITING:

11,002 Things to Be Miserable About, humor book published by Abrams Image 

35,000 copies sold to date nationally and internationally

 

Dating the Devil, novel published by Belle Books/Bell Bridge Books

Amazon bestseller

Optioned for development as a TV movie with Vast Entertainment and ABC Family