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Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero is an award-winning playwright and has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kennedy Center, across the US, and abroad. Recent commissions: Ford’s Theatre, Goodman Theatre (A Work of Art), NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton), InterAct Theatre Company. Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, and Vintage Books. Her "US at War" trilogy includes Graveyard of Empires and A Work of Art, which will premiere in Chicago next season, and Rain of Ruin. Her Arizona/Mexican border trilogy includes Wetback and Mother of ExilesSecret Things recently received its World Premiere. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.

Getting Down with Barrio Stories
Essay

Getting Down with Barrio Stories

Introduction

17 March 2016

In this first installment, Milta Ortiz discusses the backstory of Barrio Stories, while playwrights Virginia Grise, Martín Zimmerman, and Elaine Romero talk about their collaboration for this project.

Should Latina/o Roles Be Cast with Non-Latina/o Actors?
Essay

Should Latina/o Roles Be Cast with Non-Latina/o Actors?

6 December 2015

Playwrights Magdalena Gómez, Irma Mayorga, Marisela Treviño Orta, Elaine Romero, and Martín Zimmerman weigh in on casting practices in light of recent debates.

Directing Diverse Worlds
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Directing Diverse Worlds

An Interview with Tlaloc Rivas

22 August 2014

As a Chicano director and writer, I am inspired by my own culture—the influence of poetry and magical realism, the contradictions and collision of European and Indigenous cultures, the corridos and huapangos of home, the memories of sitting on the porch hearing my family’s stories, and my own ever-growing inquiry into the nature of storytelling—from the specific to the universal—all came to mind in the design of the play.