Marie Leofeli Barlizo
MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia.
BFA in Theatre with a Specialization in Drama in Education from Concordia University.
Playwriting Certificate from the National Theatre School of Canada.
Marie Leofeli Romero Barlizo was born in the Philippines and grew up in Montreal (Canada). 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. Her plays have been showcased at Playwrights Theatre Centre’s New Play Festival in Vancouver, fu-Gen Asian-Canadian Company’s Annual Potluck Festival in Toronto, Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, Teesri Theatre (Montreal) and at Factory Theatre's CrossCurrent Festival (Toronto). She directed and produced her play Stroke at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival. 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. She works as a freelance dramaturg and editor in Montreal. Currently, she is developing her plays YAYA (The Nanny), Lucky, Disconnected and TV sitcoms. This summer 2017, she is launching her stand up comedy show Sandwiched in Montreal.
Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Screenwriting
-Dramaturg at Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal
-Directing, producing her play Stroke at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival.
-Workshop Dramaturg for Christine Rodriguez's play The Autism Monologues. (2015)
-Writing new TYA play about sexual Consent in association with non-profit organization Head and Hands. (2015)