WHO IS J. Anthony Roman?
J. Anthony Roman was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. He spent his first 18 years in Ridgewood, Queens before migrating to Manhattan’s upper west side. Anthony began his career by cutting class in high school to go to auditions. He was a founding member of the Creative Arts Team (CAT) youth theater where he was introduced to the concept of creative control. He began renting out Spaces and running a theater company during his first couple of years out of high school. He wrote, acted, and was the artistic director of the 63rd/New Dimension Theater Company for five years. After the company disbanded, Anthony put all of his focus into playwriting. Three of his full length plays were produced in New York City. Several of his one act plays were staged mostly in New York, but also in Los Angeles and Bristol, England. Some of the companies and festivals that staged and workshopped Anthony’s work include: The Hip Hop Theater Festival, Labyrinth Theater Company, and the Rebel Verses Theater Festival.
In 2016, Anthony wrote and directed his first short film and was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the arts Film and Television B.F.A program, with a focus on writing and directing. His intermediate short film, Scarfaced, was a finalist for NYU’s New Vision and Voices Festival 2018. It won best male actor award for fellow CAT youth theater alumni, Victor Almanzar. Besides honing his writing and directing skills at NYU, Anthony has developed on set sound mixing abilities! He will graduate NYU in May 2019. Anthony is also a published fiction writer. Anthony also hopes this whole bio wasn’t too much of a humble brag.