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.
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