Eliana Theologides Rodriguez

Eliana Theologides Rodriguez

Eliana is a writer and dancer whose work centers young women in various stages of development grappling with feminism in the digital age, internalized dissonances between sexual performativity and autonomy, and the general beauties and microtraumas of being socialized as a girl :,)

She graduated from the NYU Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing in 2020, where the faculty granted her the John...
Eliana is a writer and dancer whose work centers young women in various stages of development grappling with feminism in the digital age, internalized dissonances between sexual performativity and autonomy, and the general beauties and microtraumas of being socialized as a girl :,)

She graduated from the NYU Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing in 2020, where the faculty granted her the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting and where she was the only undergraduate finalist for the Goldberg Play Prize. Since graduating, her work has been showcased and developed at The Kennedy Center, Clubbed Thumb, and Rattlestick, and she's received honors from organizations such as New Dramatists and Playwrights Realm. She is currently working on commissions for Adventure Theatre MTC and South Coast Repertory, and has an upcoming production of her play Marble Rooftop, Emma Has Church at Broken Nose Theatre in Chicago. When she’s not writing, Eliana can be found working the box office at Rattlestick Theater, pole dancing, or watching Dance Moms.

elianatheologidesrodriguez@gmail.com

Plays

  • Indian Princesses
    INDIAN PRINCESSES is based on a real-life Native American-themed father-daughter bonding program I participated in as a child (which still exists today under its new name––"Adventure Princesses"). In this play, 5 young girls of color and their white fathers go through a series of exercises and excursions meant to strengthen their bonds as fathers and daughters––but how can these men be protectors and...
    INDIAN PRINCESSES is based on a real-life Native American-themed father-daughter bonding program I participated in as a child (which still exists today under its new name––"Adventure Princesses"). In this play, 5 young girls of color and their white fathers go through a series of exercises and excursions meant to strengthen their bonds as fathers and daughters––but how can these men be protectors and guides when they're incapable of discussing gender and race? The play explores cultural appropriation, "race-blind" spaces, loneliness, identity crises, internalized racism, financial anxiety, parenthood, and more, but at heart it's a joyful and comedic celebration of complicated identities, tricky conversations, and confusing expressions of love.
  • Poor Queenie
    After the death of her wealthy, far older husband, a young mother is left alone with her teenage daughter for the first time. Their newfound freedom initially creates a world of never-ending fun, but the two must reckon with their past when façades inevitably begin to fall.
  • Marble Rooftop, Emma Has Church
    In MARBLE ROOFTOP, EMMA HAS CHURCH, seven high school girls convene for their annual dance team bonding sleepover. Throughout the night, the girls navigate the power imbalances between them, tell stories from their lives, and compete to be the most “experienced” in the room. But what happens when one girl goes too far to prove herself to the rest? Traversing the lines between consent, agency, peer pressure and...
    In MARBLE ROOFTOP, EMMA HAS CHURCH, seven high school girls convene for their annual dance team bonding sleepover. Throughout the night, the girls navigate the power imbalances between them, tell stories from their lives, and compete to be the most “experienced” in the room. But what happens when one girl goes too far to prove herself to the rest? Traversing the lines between consent, agency, peer pressure and systemic pressure, Marble Rooftop explores the implicit conditions of femininity as we know it.