-Master of Fine Arts (Creative Writing), University of British Columbia -Certificate In Playwriting (Conservatory Training), National Theatre School of Canada
-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre, Specialization: Drama in Education) 1994-1999 Concordia University of Montreal
Marie Leofeli Romero Barlizo is a Filipino-Chinese playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter who was born in the Philippines but grew up in Montreal. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Optional-Residency Creative Writing MFA Program and holds a BFA in Theatre from Concordia University. She is the first visible minority to graduate from the National Theatre School's Playwriting Program. Marie interned at Nightswimming Theatre, courtesy of the Metcalf Foundation Grant for Professional Development (2009) in dramaturgy, where she assisted Brian Quirt on Nightswimming's projects. As a dramaturg, she has also worked at Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company (Toronto), Out Productions and Centaur Theatre (Montreal). Her plays have been showcased at Playwrights Theatre Centre’s New Play Festival in Vancouver, fu-Gen Asian-Canadian Theatre Company’s Annual Potluck Festival (Toronto), Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, Teesri Duniya Theatre (Montreal) and at Factory Theatre's CrossCurrent Festival (Toronto). She was the Artist-in-Residence at Black Theatre Workshop in dramaturgy for the 2015-2016 season and currently mentors their emerging playwrights in their Artist Mentorship Program and at the MAI. She developed her play Lucky at Banff Playwrights Retreat last February 2017. She will be a Resident Artist at The MAI (Montreal's Intercultural Arts Centre)) in May-June 2018. She has been a board member of LMDA Canada since 2017.
P;laywriting, Dramaturgy, Screenwriting
Her play, Unang Pasko Sa Montreal (First Christmas in Montreal) was part of Urban Tales Series at the Centaur Theatre this past December (2017). Excerpts of her play Lucky was performed in PlayShed's WRK N PRGRSS Multidisciplinary Showcase (2017) and will be in the Montreal Off-Fringe Festival this summer 2018. Her article, “Diversity in Bloom in Montreal English Theatre” will be published in TicArtToc's Spring 2018 (No. 10). Her short TYA play, Beware of the Wolf, was part of this year's Write Local.Play Global.