Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero

ELAINE ROMERO
Playwright

An award-winning U.S. playwright, Elaine Romero’s plays have been presented across the U.S. and abroad; she is widely published and anthologized. Revolutions/Revoluciones, Wetback, Like Heaven, and Bloody River were all produced last season. Revolutions/Revoluciones was produced in Spanish translation at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, under the direction of famed...
ELAINE ROMERO
Playwright

An award-winning U.S. playwright, Elaine Romero’s plays have been presented across the U.S. and abroad; she is widely published and anthologized. Revolutions/Revoluciones, Wetback, Like Heaven, and Bloody River were all produced last season. Revolutions/Revoluciones was produced in Spanish translation at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, under the direction of famed Mexican director, Bruno Bichir, with a cast from Mexico. It’s the final play in Romero pentalogy, including Graveyard of Empires (16th St. Theatre), A Work of Art (Goodman Theatre/Chicago Dramatists), and her play-in-progress, When Reason Sleeps (Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence), Martínez in Taos (Arizona Theatre Company).

Modern Slave, commissioned by Ford’s Theatre, was presented at the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. It was developed at A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago), and The Road Theatre (LA). From her Arizona/Mexico border trilogy (Mother of Exiles, Wetback), her Arizona Theatre Company commission, Title IX, was included in the 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. At Erik Ehn’s Silent Playwrights’ Retreat at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, she wrote Halsted.

Romero has been the fortunate recipient of the TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist-in-Residence grant, the NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Program, the Blue Ink Playwrights Award, the Sprenger-Lang New History Foundation Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, and many others.

Romero’s work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Simon and Schuster, among others. She wrote the short film, A Sentiment, about the 19th Amendment (U.S. Women’s Right to Vote) on commission for Burning Coal Theatre/The Justice Theatre Project. Chatham Life and Style named the piece in the top five of the 19th Amendment Project, which featured some of the U.S.’s top women playwrights. She had two Viral Monologues produced this summer, Oyster (24-Hour Plays/Arizona Theatre Company: Arizona Edition) and Shackle (24-Hour Plays/New Sanctuary Coalition).

Romero is a Steering Committee Member with the Latinx Theatre Commons. She, also, serves as the Southwest Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild of America. She has had the good fortune of being a member of NBC’s Writer’s on the Verge, the CBS Writers’ Diversity Program, and the NHMC’s Latino Writers’ Program. She previously taught film and television writing at Northwestern University.

Romero is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, and the Playwright-in-Residence at Arizona Theatre Company. RomeroFest features her work at theatres nationally and internationally.

Plays

  • The Dalai Lama Is Not Welcome Here
    “A drama that chronicles the tragic and complicated interconnection between a Chinese family scrambling in the new economy and the American family who lost their only child because of a defective Chinese toy.”
  • Hoverland
    Tells the vertical history of the U.S./Mexico through the mouths of two women forever changed by border crimes and politics.
  • Walk into the Sea
    Karl is a molecular biologist who believes that viruses may be responsible for evolutionary leaps. When his son is born with autism, Karl dives deeper into his work and his wife Virginia finds fundamentalism. As Karl and Virginia navigate their fates, an unexpected event pulls them toward an unavoidable collision.
  • Ponzi
    An heiress takes a naïve young woman under her wing with her eye on landing the young woman’s husband. But the striving couple has their own agenda.
  • Title IX
    The third play of Elaine Romero’s U.S./Mexican border trilogy, Title IX follows a border family of Latina educators from 1972 to the present. Has sexism in the U.S. been eradicated or has it just found new forms? Does the right to equal treatment lead to that equal treatment or is it an insidious path to something else?
  • Modern Slave
    When Andrea finds a hand-scrawled note from a Chinese sweatshop worker in the pocket of her designer coat, she sets off on a passionate journey to free him. Little does she know that this journey to freedom will take her down a rabbit hole of globalization and the complicated world of modern slavery as she struggles to keep up with the world (and workers) around her.
  • A Work of Art
    Sabrina lost her brother Kirk to the war in Vietnam and the course of her life was changed forever. Now, at a crossroads, she must do battle with her past and the ghosts that continue to haunt her. This new work about the burden that families are asked to carry is the second installment in the trilogy, The U.S. at War. Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre.
  • Graveyard of Empires
    Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that’s why he can’t let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. He once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the...
    Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that’s why he can’t let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. He once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the Middle East from a desert in Nevada. Ramiro is held responsible for the death of Nathan and his platoon in a predator-drone friendly fire incident. Will the survivors piece together a future while absorbing a wounded past?
  • Mother of Exiles
    A Princeton-educated Latina returns to her home in a border state to teach the next generation of theatre students only to have her good intentions hijacked by the politics of fear.