Elaine Romero


Award-winning playwright Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions: Modern Slave (Ford's Theatre), Title IX (Arizona Theatre Company),Goodman Theatre (Playwright Unit, A Work of Art), and NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton New American Play Award). Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, and Vintage Books. From the U.S. at War trilogy: Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award/American Blues Theater) premiered at 16th Street Theater in 2015 alongside, A Work of Art, which premiered at Chicago Dramatists in conjunction with the Goodman Theatre. The third play of the trilogy is tentatively titled, Rain of Ruin. Her Arizona/Mexican border trilogy includes Wetback, Mother of Exiles, and Title IX. Mother of Exiles was commissioned by and produced at Cornell University. Modern Slave was given staged readings at Victory Gardens Theater and at the Road Theatre in Los Angeles in 2016. Her short play, Swastika, was commissioned and produced by American Blues Theater was presented at Irondale as part of Art in Resistance. Romero is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She holds her MFA from UC Davis. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and splits her time between Tucson and Chicago.