Liz Maestri writes mean plays for this mean ole world. Recent projects include THE KNOT (M.F.A. thesis, in progress), SINNER-MAN (Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; Semifinalist, The Princess Grace Award), THAT'S HOW I LIE (Catholic University), VICEHAVEN (Arena Stage/Kogod Cradle Series), and INHERITANCE CANYON (Women’s Voices Theatre Festival). Her work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at Arena Stage, Center Stage, E.M.P. Collective, Field Trip Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, KCACTF, Primary Stages/ESPA, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Taffety Punk, Theater Alliance, and Theater J, among others. Awards include four DCCAH Artist Fellowships, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship, the Weissberg Foundation Award, the DCCAH Young Artist Program Award, as well as finalist recognition for the Larry Neal Writer's Award, The Inkwell, and the Salt Lake Acting Company/Davey Foundation Grant.
Liz was a founding core member of The Anthropologists, a physical-theater ensemble in NYC, and her extensive production work experience includes projects at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 78th Street Theater Lab, and The Kennedy Center. She studied playwriting with the 24 With 5 Collective at New Dramatists, and is a 2018 M.F.A. Playwriting candidate at The Catholic University of America. Liz is an alumnus of Playwrights' Arena (New Play Institute) and the Playwrights Collective (Center Stage), and is a member of Women in Film & Video and the Dramatists Guild of America.