Liz Amadio

Playwright

Liz has rich history in the Theatre as dancer, poet, actor, playwright, director and producer and has produced /directed staged readings /workshop productions of 75+ works showcasing 300+ artists.

As DAPLab Moderator (2008-2018), Liz produced Annual Spring Readings, and launched Phase II, Staged Reading Seasons, in 2013.  These included her one-act plays, The Bench & Legal Tender; and her full-length plays, Evolution: Among Statues, Malocchio, Skeletons & Millennium Mom which subsequently premiered at Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival 2016.  Liz played Militant Mom.

Other mom roles include: Tattoo Mother, Merri Biechler's Occupation;  Veteran Mother, Maria Micheles’ PhotoPlay; Mamo-O, Jorshi Taleon-Sonza’s Haiyan; and Evelyn Swain, Killian Beldy’s The Surge

As Cosmic Orchid’s Artistic Director, Liz curates Integrative Theatre, a synergy of performing and visual arts. Their launch production, The Hoodie Play (BASP 2015-2016) recently had four university productions and an NJ Thespian Festival performance. 

The Voire Dire Project, their signature production, features 25 artists /4 one-act plays /4 works of art. 2016/2017 cycles integrated with paintings. 2018 Conscious Glass Residency, inspired by art glass; 2019 The Photography Cycle, Medicine Show Theatre was a Puffin Foundation Grant recipient.  These included her plays In the Attic, The Goblet, & Guardian of the Field (included in the just-released BASP 2018-2019).

Their upcoming cycle, The Voire Dire Project 5.0:  Images in Sepia, postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, is scheduled for a three-week run in November 2021 at Theater for the New City.

CO’s virtual production, Behind Closed Doors (2020) featured nine short plays inspired by the medium - all characters on either side of a closed door, and included her play, The Closing.

Other producing venues for Liz’s plays include Circle in the Square (Downtown), Manhattan Rep, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, South Oxford Space, Theatre Row and Vortex Theatre (Albuquerque).

Earlier directing projects include her Deeply and Roommate Simulation by Maria Micheles at Manhattan Rep Theatre, Jorshi Taleon-Sonza’s Haiyan at the 2015 Potpourri World Women Works, and GC Grant's PUSH at the 2011 Strawberry Festival for which she garnered a Best Director nomination. 

Liz helms iPower Theatre Collective, a NYC high school arts program integrating performing/visual art with social justice – Recipient: Citizens Committee Grant, 2018; Chelsea & Hudson Yards Grant, 2020.  Their current project, iPower Pandemic Empowerment is a documentary with students interviewing students about the pandemic, integrated with related artwork.

Liz’s photography informs her vision of Integrative Theatre.  BA, Psychology/Dance, Temple University.  MFA, Actors Studio Drama School.  Lincoln Center Education Leadership Lab, 2019.  Member:  Dramatists Guild; National League of American Pen Women; Honor Roll!.  Executive Board/Treasurer:  League of Professional Theatre Women.