Barbara Lebow


Barbara Lebow, a California resident, grew up in New York, moved to Atlanta in the 1960s, and joined Academy Theatre's developmental workshop there, eventually becoming playwright in residence.  Among her plays with first productions at the Academy were A Shayna Maidel, The Left Hand Singing, Cyparis, The Keepers, Trains, The Adventures of Homer McGundy Revised, Little Joe Monaghan, Tiny Tim is Dead, The Phenom, and several plays for young audiences.  Other theaters producing her work include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara.  A Shayna Maidel (Off-Broadway1987-'89) continues receiving regional and international productions.  In addition to her own writing, Barbara facilitates play creation with disenfranchised segments of the population including homeless and addicted individuals, youth at risk, developmentally and physically disabled persons, and women in prison.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, a TCG/Pew Theatre Artists Residency, an NEA/TCG Residency, an Atlanta Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts, a Georgia Governor's Award in the Arts, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Santa Barbara County Probation Department.  Her recent plays, The Phenom and Plumfield, Iraq, both were developed with assistance from The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, receiving workshops there.  Plumfield, Iraq was developed in part at the University of California Santa Barbara with a PWC New Plays on Campus grant.  It premiered at UCSB in May, when Barbara was a Michael Douglas Visiting Artist.  The play has subsequently been produced at universities around the country.  Her play, La Niñera: The Nursemaid, also premiered at UCSB, directed by Ms. Brainin.  Killing Spiders received table readings by UCSB’s Launch Pad program, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, and its first public reading via Launch Pad.  Newest work: The Hebbles: A Family Gun Play and updated re events in Cuba, La Niñera: The Nursemaid.