Thursday, January 7, 2016

Elaine Romero - Working Playwrights Series



ELAINE ROMERO has found grist for her plays in an uncharted life.  Elaine saw Disneyland with the King of Zululand. She learned Transcendental Meditation from a guru who imparted her mantras from a make-shift altar fashioned from the family toilet. As a grad student visiting Paris, Elaine fed the poor with Mother Teresa.  She says all her plays begin as a sort of haunting. 

Walk into the Sea was presented at the Goodman Theatre as part of their Latino Theatre Festival.  Something Rare and Wonderful recently premiered at the Alley Theatre.  Barrio Hollywood was performed at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.  Acting Editions in English and Spanish are available with Samuel French.  Elaine’s recent commissions include the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Xochi: Jaguar Princess), Alley Theatre, and InterAct Theatre Company (The Dalai Lama is Not Welcome Here).  Other commissions include  Magic Theatre/Sloan (Walk into the Sea), ONU (Undocumented), Curious Theatre Company (Rain of Ruin), and Zachary Scott Theatre (Alicia).  She participated in the Sundance Playwrights’ Retreat at Ucross, Playwrights’ Center’s New Plays on Campus Program (Like Heaven), the Texas State Black & Latino Playwrights Conference (Before Death Comes for the Archbishop, Kenny Leon, director), and Arkansas Repertory’sVoices at the River.

Elaine completed NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program and CBS Diversity Institute’s Writer’s Mentorship Program, both in L.A.  She received the Arizona Commission on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist in Residence grant ($100,000), the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights grant, Los Angeles Film School Scholarship, Sprenger-Lang New History Play Contest, Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Award, and The Chicano/Latino Literary Award.

Elaine’s plays (Barrio Hollywood, iCuranderas! Serpents of the Clouds, Walk into
the Sea, Something Rare and Wonderful, Alicia, Undocumented, Secret Things,
The Fat-Free Chicana and the Snow Cap Queen, Undercurrents, Day of Our
Dead, If Susan Smith Could Talk) have been developed and produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Playwrights' Center, the Magic Theatre, the Ford Amphitheatre, New Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Curious Theatre Company, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Urban Stages, INTAR, the Playwrights’ Center, Women’s Project and Productions, the Working Theater, Su Teatro, the Lark Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Bay Area
Playwrights Festival, and Miracle Theatre.

Lecture
January 7th, from 6 - 7:30 pm

B207 Walgreen Drama Center (north campus)

Q&A with Students
January 8, 2016 2 - 3 pm
2439 Walgreen Drama Center

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