Renée Ashley

Lia Romeo

Adjunct, School of the Arts


Academic Profile

Lia Romeo’s plays have received workshops and residencies from the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Lark, the National New Play Network’s MFA Playwrights Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s PlayFest, and elsewhere, and have been produced at 59E59, Unicorn Theatre, Project Y Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, HotCity Theatre, and many other companies.  Two of her plays have been recognized by the Kilroys List, and she has been a nominee or a finalist for the Steinberg Award, the Kesselring Prize, the Weissberger Award, PlayPenn, the NYIT Award for outstanding full-length script, and other honors.  She was the winner of City Theatre’s National Short Playwriting Award, and was an Individual Artist Fellowship winner in playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts.  Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus.  She is also the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies.  She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches for the New Jersey Play Lab and in the MA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.