Resident Playwright2012 -- 2019
Laura Marks is the author of Bethany, produced Off-Broadway at City Center Stage II by the Women’s Project (directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, starring America Ferrera). Bethany received Lucille Lortel nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress, won the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers, was a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist and runner-up for the Yale prize, and will have its West Coast premiere at the Old Globe. Ms. Marks is a graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program and an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She's also the recipient of a Lilly Award, a Helen Merrill Award and an award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Other plays include Mine (produced by the Gift Theatre, Chicago) and Gather at the River (workshopped at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto). Her work has been developed at the Public, Juilliard, the Lark, the Black Dahlia, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Royal Exchange Theatre (UK), HighTide Festival Theatre (UK), the Wilma Theater, Steppenwolf, Partial Comfort, Prospect Theater, Naked Angels, Synchronicity, Reverie Productions et al. and she currently holds a commission from South Coast Repertory. She’s a native of Kentucky, now living in New York.