Playwright

Lavinia Roberts is a published and award-winning playwright, puppet designer, and educator.  She has over 30 plays published with Pioneer Drama, Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Big Dog Plays, Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Plays: The Drama Magazine for Young People, and others. Her work has been performed in all 50 states and internationally in Bath, London, Athens, Mumbai, and other cities.

Her full-length play, Counting Skunks, won the 2011 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Award at the Castillo Theatre in New York City.  Her play Eaten Voices won best play and $5000 in the Thespis Theatre Festival in 2012 and went on to productions with Goblin Baby Theatre Company, The New Alchemists, Dixon Place, and with Gadfly Theatre.  Her full-length Poor People, a free stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky masterpiece Poor Folk was featured in August 2015 as part of the New York City International Fringe Festival and received a staged reading at the Drama League.  Her one-act play Black Triangle received productions with Truant Arts, The Metropolitan Playhouse, at the Roy Arias Studios, and a staged reading with Alley Repertory Theatre.

She was a member of the 2012 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theatre.

Her work has been featured in New York City at the C.O.W Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Galapagos Art Space, The Kraine Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, Theatre for the New City, in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Thespis Fringe Festival, and others.  She has directed her work in New York City at The Sheen Center, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Tank, The Brick, and The Secret Theatre.

She has taught with various arts organizations in New York City including Arts Connection, Project Art, and others.  Her educational resource book, A Little Drama; Playful Activities for Young Children is published with Redleaf Press.

She has done artist residencies at Surel’s Place, with the Arts Students League at Vyt, The Center for Books Arts, and Urban Glass.

Her work has been displayed in gallery spaces such as The Brooklyn Fireproof, Frontrunner Gallery, Agnes Varis Art Center, Arts@Renaissance, Diana Kane Gallery, and others.

She has designed and built puppets for Trinity Church Wall Street, Exquisite Corpse Theatre Company, The Lawrence Arts Center, The Puppets and Poets Lab at the Bushwick Starr, and for New York University.

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