Elaine Romero has to laugh when she reflects on her life.
She laughs because her childhood stories include one about skipping a high school math test to go to Disneyland with the king of Zululand. Or there was that time she answered the door for one of her father’s business associates, a man who immediately proclaimed, “I am the orator. This is the first time you will be in the presence of complete genius.”
But she also recalls the poverty that her grandparents lived through, and the difficult time her family had when her father was out of work.
As Romero, an assistant professor in the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television, takes stock of these experiences – some of them funny, others sad and difficult to relive – she realizes that, when considered together, they answer a key question for her: How do you make a playwright?