Laura King holds an MFA in playwriting (with a concentration in dramaturgy) from the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University and a master’s in English from Northwestern University. From 2018 to 2020, she served as a Dramatists Guild ambassador for the Atlanta region. She is the chair of the Playwriting Committee and a member of the Publications Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Laura also serves as a Literary Associate for YouthPLAYS, a publisher of plays and musicals for young audiences, and a dramaturg for Working Title Playwrights in Atlanta. As a theatre educator, Laura has worked at Gordon State College, Wesleyan College, and Middle Georgia State University, where she has taught courses on Theatre Appreciation, Scriptwriting, Devised Theatre, Acting, and Performance and US Culture. Laura’s plays have received the following awards: American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest 2020 (The Cayuga Canal Girls), Write Now 2019 (Merritt Anne and the Mighty Oak), Purple Crayon Players Festival of New Work 2019 (Merritt Anne and the Mighty Oak), Georgia Theatre Conference 2016 One-Act Play Competition (Fallout), Elk Street Cultural Arts Village New Works Festival 2016 (Check Mate), and Southeastern Theatre Conference and Stage Rights 2016 Ready to Publish Award (Independence Day at Happy Meadows). For more information on Laura’s plays, please see laurakingplaywright.com.
Regional Rep: Atlanta
I am honored to be elected the new Atlanta DG representative and am excited to get to work. I want to thank Pamela Turner, our Atlanta representative for the past seven years, who I had the pleasure of working with as a DG ambassador for the past two years. She’s a tough act to follow but I’ll do my best. As a playwright, dramaturg, and director, I have benefited so much from the DG and its programs. The Guild has provided me with not only an education but also a sense of community. These are benefits I want to ensure every dramatist In the Atlanta region has access to. Therefore, the first issue I want to tackle is finding out what you, the Atlanta region DG members, want from me and the Guild. I have created a brief survey to identify areas that you want us to focus on together. Please take a minute to complete the survey. Once the results are in, I will share them with you all and we can move forward with event planning. I hope the next three years (my tenure as your representative) will be a time of community building and artistic productivity. Now let’s get to work!
Laura’s full-length plays Independence Day at Happy Meadows and The Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Jubilee are available for licensing through Stage Rights. Her plays for young actors are available through YouthPLAYS. Her play The Cayuga Canal Girls is a winner of the 2020 AACT NewPlayFest.