René R. Alomá was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1947. There he received his elementary education from the Jesuit Fathers at the Colegio de Dolores. After leaving Cuba he enrolled in 1962 at Assumption College School in Windsor, Canada where he spent his high school years. There he became the literary editor for the school paper The Lancer and joined the drama club.
Alomá graduated in 1966 and went across the U.S.-Canada border to college at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Monteith College, majoring in Fine Arts and Languages. He was awarded the Woodward Scholarship in 1967-68 and the Sara Leopold Scholarship a year later. During that period Alomá was accepted as a Theater Apprentice at Bonstelle Theatre where he trained as assistant director, stage manager and director. In 1968 he married Canadian actress Zoey Adams (nee Marie Romain), and taught theater arts at Holy Trinity School in Detroit, Michigan. In 1969 he received his bachelor of arts degree from Wayne State and toured Ohio, Indiana and Michigan as actor/director of the Migrant Theatre Force.
After that, entered the Masters program in Modern Languages at the University of Windsor where he was appointed as Teaching Fellow. But by the next year he was in England studying theater design at Central School and at St. Michael's College of Art in London. He directed some courses at the London City Literary Institute, and became the Road Manager for the Argyle Theatre Company in Birkenhead, England, touring northern England. The 1971-72 school year found Alomá back at the University of Windsor completing his masters and writing a master's essay on "Contemporary Theatre in Spain and Latin America" with Professor Ron Pazik. That year he served as a Teaching Assistant in the Hispanic Department while freelancing as a costume designer for the University of Windsor's School of Drama and for the Theatre Centre Windsor.
For the next two years Alomá taught at De La Salle College in Toronto while also directing two original musical plays, "Sunnyside" and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." In 1974 he wrote "Once, a Family," a two act Gothic drama. This play he was able to workshop at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where he had been accepted as Playwright in Residence from 1974-75. Later in 1975 he went to New York to study improvisation and scene study