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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.

Rad Adaptation (Radaptation?) with Octavio Solis and Kate Hamill
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Rad Adaptation (Radaptation?) with Octavio Solis and Kate Hamill

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Thursday 27 August 2020
United States
Writing Science for Stage with Anna Ziegler, Charly Evon Simpson, and Geetha Reddy
Anna Ziegler and Geetha Reddy.
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Writing Science for Stage with Anna Ziegler, Charly Evon Simpson, and Geetha Reddy

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 19 August 2020
United States
Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre
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Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre

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with Ari Afsar, Erin Ortman, Martha Nichols, Jen Bender, and Regina Victor

Thursday 6 August 2020
United States
Writing Amazing Audio Plays with Madhuri Shekar and Chisa Hutchinson
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Writing Amazing Audio Plays with Madhuri Shekar and Chisa Hutchinson

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Thursday 16 July 2020
United States
Building a Playwriting Career with The Dramatists Guild
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Building a Playwriting Career with The Dramatists Guild

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Friday 15 May 2020
United States
Playwrighting Class with David Ball!
David Ball and the book Backwards and Forwards.
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Playwrighting Class with David Ball!

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 13 May 2020
United States
Devised Theatre Class with Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan Tacata
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Devised Theatre Class with Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan Tacata

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Friday 8 May 2020
United States
Writing Killer Short Plays with Steve Yockey
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Writing Killer Short Plays with Steve Yockey

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 6 May 2020
United States
Publishing + Theatre Class with Peter Hagen, President of DPS!
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Publishing + Theatre Class with Peter Hagen, President of DPS!

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 6 May 2020
United States
 Comedy + Playwrighting Class!
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 Comedy + Playwrighting Class!

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 5 May 2020
United States
Writing the Personal Epic with Benjamin Scheuer + Sean Daniels
Benjamin Scheuer, Sean Daniels, and a production of Lauren Gunderson's The Heath
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Writing the Personal Epic with Benjamin Scheuer + Sean Daniels

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Monday 4 May 2020
United States
Writing Incredible Theatre for Young Audiences (as well adults)
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Writing Incredible Theatre for Young Audiences (as well adults)

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 29 April 2020
United States
Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!
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Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 28 April 2020
United States
Writing Trans Realities w/ Scott T Schofield + Nic Sommerfeld
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Writing Trans Realities w/ Scott T Schofield + Nic Sommerfeld

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Friday 24 April 2020
United States
Director - Playwright Class: Lauren talks with Eric Ting
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Director - Playwright Class: Lauren talks with Eric Ting

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 21 April 2020
United States
A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren
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A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 21 April 2020
United States
Directors + Playwrights - Lauren talks with Evren Odcikin
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Directors + Playwrights - Lauren talks with Evren Odcikin

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Friday 17 April 2020
United States
Theatre Journalist + Playwright - Lauren talks with Diep Tran
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Theatre Journalist + Playwright - Lauren talks with Diep Tran

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Thursday 16 April 2020
United States
Dramaturgs + Playwrights - Lauren and Martine Greene-Rogers talk
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Dramaturgs + Playwrights - Lauren and Martine Greene-Rogers talk

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 14 April 2020
United States
Musical Theatre w/ Lauren, Kait Kerrigan + Brian Lowdermilk
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Musical Theatre w/ Lauren, Kait Kerrigan + Brian Lowdermilk

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Friday 10 April 2020
United States
A Playwrighting Class
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A Playwrighting Class

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with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 8 April 2020
United States
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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.