LAURIE BROOKS is a nationally recognized playwright, young adult fiction author and creator of the Interactive After-play Forum. Her plays have been produced at theatres across the country and abroad; four of her plays were commissioned and premiered in Ireland. Her original After-Play Interactive Forum designs present a new format for engaging audiences in examining themes, character choices and outcomes in plays. Her Young Adult fiction Novel, Selkie Girl, is published by Alfred A Knopf, Random House.
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 the Chorpenning Cup for a body of work from American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), NY Foundation for the Arts grant, Irish Arts Council Grants with Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork, Ireland and multiple productions supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Laurie has been Assistant Professor at New York University (NYU) and Playwright in Residence/Literary Manager for New Plays for Young Audiences at The Provincetown Playhouse at NYU. She was Artist in Residence for the HYPE Institute at The Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, MO, Arizona State University, and University of Texas at Austin. She has been dramaturg, talkback leader and presenter at The Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices, featured artist at the 2007 TCG National Conference at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis sharing her After-Play Interactive Forum methodology. Laurie has served as Site Reporter and Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Pew Charitable Trusts. She has taught writing workshops across the country on playwriting and fiction writing, including the National Conference of Teachers of English, NCTE (ALAN Conference).