About Laurie

Photo by Judine Brooks

Photo by Judine Brooks

Laurie Brooks is an award-winning playwright whose innovative After-Play Forum designs are changing the way audiences engage in post-performance experiences across the country. Awards and grants include TCG’s National Theatre Arts Residency Program (with The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, MO), AT&T Firststage award, two Distinguished Play Awards and the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup from AATE, NY Foundation for the Arts, and an Irish Arts Council Commissioning Grant (with Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork, Ireland). Brooks’ Lies and Deceptions Quartet for young adults includes The Wrestling Season, commissioned by The Coterie Theatre, developed at New Visions/New Voices, featured at The Kennedy Center’s One Theatre World, printed in the November 2000 issue of American Theatre and winner of “Best of Awards in Seattle, Kansas City and Dallas, both for the play and the Forum that follows it. Additional award-winning plays include Deadly Weapons, The Tangled Web, Everyday Heroes. Selkie: Between Land and Sea, Devon’s Hurt, The Match Girl’s Gift, Franklin’s Apprentice, The Lost Ones, Triangle and Brave No World, commissioned and premiered at The Kennedy Center.  Brooks has worked extensively in Ireland and has been Assistant Professor, Playwright in Residence and Literary Manager for the Provincetown Playhouse at New York University.  She has been Guest Artist at the University of Texas at Austin, Playwright in Residence for the HYPE Institute at the ALLEY Theatre in Houston and Artist in Residence at Arizona State University in the School of Theatre and Film, supported by The Virginia Piper Writing Center. Brooks served as a Panelist and Site Reporter for the NEA from 2001-2006. Her article, “Put A Little Boal in Your Theatre: A New Model for Talkbacks” appeared in American Theatre magazine (Dec. 2005).  Brooks was a featured artist at the 2007 TCG National Conference at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis sharing her After-Play Forum method.  Newer plays include, Atypical Boy, commissioned by The Coterie Theatre, All of Us and Jason Invisible, commissioned by The Kennedy Center, premiered in March, 2013. Her novel for young adults, Selkie Girl, was published by Knopf in 2008. Her play Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, a commission for the Coterie Theatre, will premiere in January, 2014.

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Laurie (at center) with Y York (left) and Karen Zacarias (right) in Cleveland taking a lunch break from working on her adaptation of Rumble Fish with Mark Lutwak at Cincinnati Playhouse in the park, February, 2013

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  1. Xan Johnson

    Hi Laurie,

    I cannot find you email at the moment, so I am using your website. I have really talented high school student from my summer Youth Theatre in Portage, Wisconsin, that just came out last summer. Portage is under 10,000 and kind of rural, but I knew it would a challenge. Jacob, with the help of some of my other wonderful Portage Youth Theatre teens, has started an LGBT club at Portage High School where he is a senior this year. I introduced ALL of US to Jacob and summer youth theatre this past summer and now he is trying to do something with it this year I believe, even if it is an informal reading with friends. Anyway, would you be available to chat with him via email or phone is he is doing some dramaturgical prep on your play? Next year I think he hopes to into film making somewhere if he can wrangle a scholarship, and I am going lose a gifted dancer and an amazing student.

    Hope all is well with you … I’m still going a hundred miles an hour out here in Utah … well 90 anyway.

    Be well,

    Xan

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