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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.

The How of Theatre
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The How of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

24 July 2018

Playwright Lauren Gunderson offers other writers lessons on dramatic structure, building characters, and crafting a powerful ending.

The Why of Theatre
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The Why of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

9 July 2018

Playwright Lauren M. Gunderson add to her video series "Why Theatre?" by discussing why theatre still matters in the age of filmed storytelling.

Dramatic Structure
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Dramatic Structure

a Playwriting Class

3 May 2017

Lauren Gunderson continues her series of videos asking "Why theatre?" In this class, she addresses active characters in plays, and dramatic structure.

On Dialogue
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On Dialogue

a Playwriting Class

13 April 2017

Lauren Gunderson shares a video of her teaching a playwriting class on dialogue and asks the question: why theatre?

Playwright Residency
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Playwright Residency

Why Lauren Gunderson? Why Marin Theatre Company?

13 August 2016

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
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Playwrights, Rewrites, Multiple Productions

I and You

9 August 2014

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.

Strangle, Throttle, Silence
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Strangle, Throttle, Silence

Talkbacks and Artist Safety

13 December 2013

Lauren Gunderson offers advice on dealing with threatending situations at talkbacks, and how theaters can better protect their artists during audience engagement.

Photo from By and By.
The Song’s The Thing
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The Song’s The Thing

Creating A Rock + Theater Collaboration

27 July 2013

Inspired by the Adele’s song for Skyfall, the artists of the new play By and By collaborated with the band The Kilbanes to reframe the experience for the audience members.

A graph depicting female representation in the Olivier awards.
We Are Not a Mirror
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We Are Not a Mirror

Theatre Must Lead with Women’s Stories

24 April 2013

Lauren Gunderson writes about the failings of theatre to be a lens for society, and the inability to properly represent real life without the voices of women.

All Too Often I Am Forced to Choose
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All Too Often I Am Forced to Choose

A Conversation with Playwright Lydia Diamond

23 April 2013

Lauren Gunderson interviews playwright Lydia Diamond about feeling forced to choose a piece of her marginalized self to construct her stories.

A portrait of Lauren Gunderson.
All Plays Are Classics
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All Plays Are Classics

On Lineage, Trust, and The Necessary New

3 June 2012

Lauren Gunderson on the lessons that playwrights learn from the classics, and why both classic and new work is essential to theater.

Why Theatre?
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Why Theatre?

Playwright Lauren M. Gunderson teaches a series of playwriting classes focused on the question of "Why theatre?"