My name is Ria T. DiLullo. I am a native New Yorker, a physical trainer, and an artist.
Theater arts and physical activity have always been a part of my life. They ran on separate but parallel tracks while I was growing up, but I have been merging my two worlds for the better part of my career.
As a trainer, I earned a Pilates certification after leaving collegiate athletics to recover from injuries, inflammation, and chronic pain. In order to deepen my practice, I started training with Alicia Fajardo in 2020. Through training in her method, I have deepened my movement practice by learning through experience how the human body is designed to behave, based on the built-in options from our nervous system that we all share. I found this modality so rewarding that I am currently an Apprentice Instructor of the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics.
As an artist, I have occupied many roles from onstage to backstage to the production side. I started my own company, The Skeleton Rep(resents), in 2015. Since then, my focus is primarily on new play development and directing.
What I bring to both worlds is a commitment to process, practice, progress, and craft.
In my work as a movement coach, I start by meeting my clients where they are, taking in what brought them to me and what they state as their goals. From there, I collaborate with them at their own pace to build a better understanding of their body while developing a more adaptable nervous system and capacity for movement.
In my role as a new play developer, I often become a type of script doctor. I believe in the well-made play and that drama as an art form is at its best when the play itself is solid. In order to accomplish this, I provide playwrights with feedback and tools to construct their narratives so that they are sound in plot and strong in characterization while maintaining comprehensibility and interest to audiences.
As a director, I have a unique approach to table work and staging, fueled by my work as a trainer and script specialist. My approach generates a creative, collaborative room where actors feel safe and motivated to reach up into the story and their characters. This leads to dynamic presentations, backed by a strong sense of community.
Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me! If you have any questions or want to discuss any part of what I offer, feel free to reach out.