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Deborah Zoe Laufer (Incumbent) 

The work I do for The Guild is one of the great joys of my playwriting life. I’ve been fortunate to serve on the publications committee for the past five years, and written and led panels for The Dramatist. I’ve been on the nominating committee, taught at the Dramatists Guild Institute, and been a visiting artist with the Dramatists Guild Foundation Traveling Masters program. I was in the first group of Dramatists Guild Fellows and got to co-host their presentations this year! I love the Guild and the support it offers playwrights at every stage of their careers.

For the past few years, I’ve been directing my plays at various theatres and have discovered that there are many conversations and decisions taking place that I’d been left out of as a playwright. I’d like to work toward giving writers a more significant role and voice in production. I’m eager to work on initiatives toward gender parity and diversity, toward educating high schools and colleges about the sanctity of the written word (as written!), and on creating more opportunities for mid-career playwrights.

I was a lonely, lonely theatre kid growing up. I couldn’t convince anyone to be in a play with me, so I did The Belle of Amherst alone, both junior and senior years, performing it wherever anyone would let me – the VFW, the community college, peoples’ living rooms. I started, and was the sole member (for four years), of the Dramatic Interp. team in high school. The only plays in our local library were in the “Burns Mantle Best Play” books, and I poured over every one. Though I’ve been a member of The Guild for two decades now, it’s still such a thrill for me to be part of a community of dramatists, advocating for dramatists.

BIO: Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, and The Humana Festival. Informed Consent, an Alfred P. Sloan/EST commission, appeared at The Duke Theatre in NYC in 2015, and was a NY Times Critic’s Pick. End Days won The ATCA Steinberg citation, and has received over 70 productions around the world. Other plays include Leveling Up, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Sirens, Meta, The Gulf of Westchester, Miniatures, Fortune, and, most recently, Be Here Now, commissioned and produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Window Treatment, produced by Premieres’ Inner Voices.

Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, and grants and commissions from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, NNPN,

the NEA, and the LeCompte du Nouy grant. Her plays have been developed at PlayPenn, The O’Neill, Williamstown, Ojai, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, New Georges, The Lark, Asolo Rep, PlayLab, and the Baltic Playwrights Conference.  She is an alumna of Juilliard and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. DEBORAHZOELAUFER.COM

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