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Laurie Brooks

Laurie Brooks is a nationally recognized playwright, Young Adult Fiction author and creator of the Interactive After-Play Forum.

Awards and grants include Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Theatre Artists Residency Program with The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, MO, AT&T Firststage award, three Distinguished Play Awards and Chorpenning Cup For a body of work from American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), NY Foundation for the Arts, Irish Arts Council Grants with Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork Ireland and multiple productions supported by the National Foundation for the Arts (NEA).

Brooks’ Lies and Deceptions Quartet for young adults includesThe Wrestling Season, commissioned by The Coterie Theatre, developed at The John F. Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices and featured at The Kennedy Center’s One Theatre World 2000, printed in the 2000 Playscript Series, American Theatre magazine and winner of “Best of” awards in Seattle, Kansas City and Dallas. Her Young Adult novel, Selkie Girl, was published by Alfred A. Knopf, Random House Books for Young Readers in 2008.

Additional award-winning plays include Deadly Weapons, The Tangled Web,The Riddle Keeper and The Lost Ones, all commissioned by Graffiti Theatre, Cork, Ireland. The Secret of Courage (original title Imaginary Friends), Selkie: Between Land and Sea and The Wrestling Season were  developed at The Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices. Devon’s Hurt, The Match Girl’s Gift, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Franklin’s Apprentice, Triangle, Atypical Boy and All of Us were commissioned by various theatres, including Arden Theatre in Philadelphia and Nashville Children’s Theatre. Brave No World and Jason Invisible were commissioned and premiered at The John F. Kennedy Center.

Brooks was Assistant Professor at New York University (1995-2005) and Playwright in Residence/Literary Manager for New Plays for Young Audiences at The Provincetown Playhouse. She has served as Playwright in Residence for the HYPE Institute at The Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, the Coterie Theatre, Arizona State University and University of Texas at Austin. Brooks has been dramaturg, talkback leader and presenter at The John F. Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices.

Her article, “Put A Little Boal in Your Theatre: A New Model for Talkbacks” appeared in American Theatre magazine and she was a featured artist at the 2007 TCG National Conference at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis sharing her Interactive After-Play Forum methodology. More recently, in another article, “Valuing Young Audiences Beyond the Role of Spectator” Brooks explored her Interactive Forum in TYA Today the magazine of TYA/USA. Brooks has served as Site Reporter and Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Pew Charitable Trusts.

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, premiered in January, 2014.