Dania Ramos

Dania Ramos is a writer, teaching artist, and actor. Her writing has been featured in the Rose City Project: Literary Showcase at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Luna Stage’s On the Road educational theater series, and the Playwrights Summer Institute at New Jersey City University. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Norman Mailer Writing Center 2011 Young Adult Fiction Workshop, where she developed her current fiction project, MATAGA, a young adult fantasy novel. She was also the recipient of a 2003 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in playwriting. Dania created the Literary Lounge reading series, in residence at Luna Stage, which has featured over forty local and regional writers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.

Dania has worked as a creative writing and performing arts teaching artist for several New Jersey arts organizations, including New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Young Writers Workshop, WolfTrap Early Learning Through the Arts, Theatre and Dance Academy); New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (Tween and Teen Acting); and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey (Madison and Cranford Young Playwrights Programs, Creative Arts Academy Summer Camp). She’s served as a reader for the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and a judge for the NJYPC and the ACT-SO Playwriting Competition. Dania has also directed student work for the NJPAC’s Young Writers Workshop and PTNJ’s Young Playwrights Festivals and Language-in-Motion Assemblies.

Ms. Ramos’ performance credits include educational productions for Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Liberty Science Center, Luna Stage, and George Street Playhouse; Yo Soy Latina at the NuYorican Poets Café (Latino Flavored Productions); and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Playwriting Unit’s INSIGHT Showcase (The Last of Bernarda, HOLA Award – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast).

Dania is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and Actors Equity Association. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Montclair State University. She lives in Essex County with her husband Michael Aquino.

Publications

Room 30

Full-length drama

~ Reading. Forum Reading Series, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Madison, NJ, December 2011.

Pride 

Full-length

~ 2003 NJSCA Playwriting Fellowship.

~ Concert reading. Rose City Project, Playwrights Theater of NJ, Madison, NJ, 2004.

~ Staged reading. Playwrights Summer Institute, NJ City University, Jersey City, NJ, 2004.

Taking Control 

Educational one-act

~ Touring production: Luna Stage On the Road, Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ, 2006. ~ Featured: 2006 A Journey Toward Peace of Mind Symposium, Montclair State University. ~ Part of 2005 and 2006 New Jersey Family Week at the Theatre.

~ Part of 2005 Voices Not Bodies.

Hot Drinks 

One-act dramedy

Credit 

Ten-minute dramedy

If You Like Piña Colada 

Ten-minute comedy

Offer Me Alternatives 

Ten-minute dramedy

Waiting For Miles at Starbucks

Ten-minute comedy

Wait

Ten-minute drama

With the Irises 

One-minute comedy

Collaborations

Mi Casa, Tu Casa – Member of creative team for the 2011 Mainstage holiday show, Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ, December 2011.

Fiction

JU’S THAT GIRL

Middle Grade Novel

MATAGA

Young Adult Fantasy Novel

~ Developed at the Norman Mailer Center 2011 Young Adult Fiction Workshop, Instructor: Lenore Hart.

Project Description

Premise: Lucia’s hours at the local superstore have been cut and she’s on her last cigarette, so she decides to start selling limber (flavored frozen treats) out of her home in order to afford her smokes. Lucia convinces her daughter Alondra to help out, even though she’d rather be at the neighborhood skate park watching hottie Victor chuck the sickest skateboarding tricks this side of the island. Luckily, Alondra’s business-savvy best friend (Yamilet) agrees to put her busy dating life on hold in order to help Lucia form a successful sales plan.

Setting: My untitled work-in-progress takes place in a small city in Puerto Rico. I’m leaning toward setting it in the present.

Characters:

LUCIA

ALONDRA, her daughter

YAMILET, Alondra’s best friend

VICTOR, Alondra’s crush

ANTONIO, Lucia’s love interest and flavored ice selling rival

Status and Overall Goals: I currently have basic character sketches, a working outline, and a draft of the plot synopsis. I plan to fully develop all five characters, craft quick-paced scenes that move the plot forward, and stay true to the distinct worlds that merge in the script: urban Puerto Rican life, youth skating culture, and grassroots frozen treat vending. By the end of June, my goal is to have a full-length comedic script ready for submission.