Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson is one of the most produced playwrights in America, and the winner of the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (EmilieSilent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (The Revolutionists), The O’Neill, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and YouExit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (Silent SkyBauer) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

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Essays

  • All Plays Are Classics: On Lineage, Trust, and The Necessary New
    After reading Cary Perloff’s recent article I will admit that I found myself slightly offended (okay maybe not so slightly). I was quite sure she was saying that we should abandon new plays and only do classics because new plays could never match the oldies. Or that somehow the...

Blognews, trends, insights

  • Dramatic Structure: a Playwriting Class
    Lauren Gunderson continues her series of videos asking "Why theatre?" In this class, she addresses active characters in plays, and dramatic structure.
  • On Dialogue: a Playwriting Class
    Lauren Gunderson shares a video of her teaching a playwriting class on dialogue and asks the question: why theatre?
  • Playwright Residency: Why Lauren Gunderson? Why Marin Theatre Company?
    Jasson Minadakis , Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California and playwright-in-residence Lauren Gunderson discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program .
  • Playwrights, Rewrites, Multiple Productions: I and You
    The Playwrights, Rewrites, Multiple Productions Series is a weekly series of interviews examining the process of developing a new play through a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere as a part of their Continued Life of New Plays Fund. The series is curated by Thea Rodgers and Emma Weisberg. Visualizations are from HowlRound's community-powered New Play Map.

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