Lavinia Roberts

(Brooklyn) Artist Website Artist-in-Residence February Residency Year: 2018


Lavinia Roberts is a playwright based in Brooklyn, but at heart is still a Kansas farm girl. She is published with Pioneer Drama, Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Big Dog Plays, Indie Theatre Now, Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Plays: The Drama Magazine for Young People, and others. She has received over 100 productions in over 30 states in cities such as Washington D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other cities. Her work has been viewed 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, and at Dixon Place. 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.

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

Ms. Roberts hosted a workshop called Tackling the Ten-Minute Play where she explored play structure, creating conflict, crafting characters, developing dialogue, refining final manuscripts, and navigating the submission process. Also, during her time at Surel’s Place, Ms. Roberts read her dark comedy, Black Triangle, about a young lawyer seeking self-definition, as well as ghosts, in today’s fragmented, digital culture.