Cosmic Orchid
       curating integrative theatre

Liz Amadio, Artistic Director


Liz has achieved a rich history in the Theatre as dancer, poet, actor, playwright, director and producer.  Her credits span NY, regionally and abroad.  She has produced staged readings/workshop productions of over 50 works showcasing over 200 artists, providing dramaturgical support to colleagues, in a directorial capacity, and as a script consultant.


Liz has moderated DAPLab, the Alumni Playwrights Lab at The New School for Drama, since its 2008 inception.  She produces their Annual Spring Reading and Phase II, a full-length staged reading season which launched in the Fall 2013.  It included her play Millennium Mom, which had its world premiere at Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival in 2016. Liz played Militant Mom.  Other mom roles Liz has recently played include Tattoo Mother in Merri Biechler's Occupation, Veteran Mother in Maria Micheles’ PhotoPlay, Mamo-O in Jorshi Taleon-Sonza’s Haiyan, and Evelyn Swain in Killian Beldy’s The Surge.  

  

Phase II Spring 2015 included her new full-length play, Evolution: Among Statues.  The Spring 2016 Reading included her new one-act play, The Bench, developed in DAPLab.


Liz is the Artistic Director of Cosmic Orchid, a producer of Integrative Theatre, which curates a synergy of performing and visual arts in contemporary culture. Their launch production, The Hoodie Play, was chosen for inclusion in the anthology, The Best American Short Plays of 2015-2016, which was released August 2017. The Voire Dire Project, their signature production, had its inaugural phase in Spring 2016.  VDP 1.5, featuring 20 artists/4 one-act plays/4 works of art, premiered at TNC’s Dream Up in September 2017, with a full curation of the artwork, and included her short play, In the Attic.


Directing credits include garnering a Best Director nomination for George Cameron Grant's PUSH at the 2011 Strawberry Festival.  Other recent directing projects include her own Deeply and Roommate Simulation by Maria Micheles at Manhattan Rep Theatre, and Jorshi Taleon-Sonza’s Haiyan at the 2015 Potpourri World Women Works. 


Liz has a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Dance, from Temple University as a foundation.  She has over 25 years concurrent business experience as a Financial Advisor, and brings that expertise into her fiscal role at Cosmic Orchid.  She has an extensive teaching background, spanning from early childhood arts education to industry training for financial professionals.  She has written for the financial and child care industries, and designed curricula for children’s art programs.  She is the creator of CORCASA(SM), a creative/spiritual explorative training to attain personal and professional fulfillment, developed through her years of teaching, performing and studying human motivation. 


Liz is currently implementing iPower Theatre Collective, a project for NYC middle/high school students which uses Integrative Theatre to explore themes of social justice, and is the recipient of a Citizens Committee grant.


Liz is also a Photographer, which informs her vision of Integrative Theatre.  She has an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School (New School), and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and The National League of American Pen Women.

 

 

Artistic Statement


My goal as a Theatre Artist is to invoke traditional dramatic structure in challenging and innovative compositions - deconstructing space, time and identity within the narrative.  My work explores the malleable nature of the temporal world that we illusively perceive as fixed.  I am compelled to explore the fundamental human condition through a metaphysical lens - in ways that transcend rational laws of nature.

 

My personal experiences and observations in life influence my interpretation of this condition.  Storytelling hinges upon an affinity with the collective consciousness.  This process is both painful and exhilarating, and whilst very personal, manifests most effectively in collaborative creative soil.  My heart and soul are committed to communication.  The tools of story are a vehicle for this passion.  It is my labor of love, my dharma.