Year in Review Chat with Lia Romeo
Next up in our year end recap: we talked with playwright Lia Romeo, who developed her play American Dreamers with West of 10th.
What excited you most about this particular company? I was really excited that it was a company focusing on plays about millennials, because I’m really drawn to writing about that age group. There’s something inherently dramatic about people who are doing certain things for the first time.
What was it like developing work with West of 10th? It was great! Jen and Rachel are incredibly on top of things, and the whole process was really smooth and well-managed.
How does West of 10th help you as a young theatre artist in the city? New play readings in front of an audience are so important for playwrights, because they let you hear what’s really “there” in your play and what’s working. West of 10th provides a really valuable opportunity.
Why is it important for companies like West of 10th to exist? There are a lot of small theater companies in the city, but West of 10th stands out because of the specificity of their mission and the professionalism of their company members.
More about Lia: Lia Romeo’s plays have been seen at 59E59, Project Y Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, and elsewhere. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She is the associate artistic director at Project Y Theatre Company and the new play coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith&Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.