Lawson Caldwell


Lawson’s work has been produced in Germany as well as the United States.  A Graduate of the University of North Carolina, Lawson holds a Masters Degree in Theatre and Speech from the University of South Carolina.  His play, Waltzing, One, Two, Three, was a Heideman Award Nominee (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and was produced at the Out Works Festival (Louisiana State University), the Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival (Beaumont, TX), Notes from the Underground Festival (NYC) and by The New American Theatre Company (Los Angeles).  The play was also selected for a reading by Village Playwrights as part of New York City’s Pride Tribute.  Lawson’s play Just That Sort of Day, which premiered in 2016 at Emerald Theatre Company (Memphis, TN), was also produced by Vermont Pride Theatre (Randolph, VT), Infinity Stage (Washington, DC) and The Group Repertory (Los Angeles).  His play, Lavender Shore, received five award nominations in the Midtown International Theatre Festival (NYC) including Outstanding New Script.  The Wisdom Channel, one of Lawson’s earlier plays, was translated and produced by THEATER UNTERM REGENBOGEN (Frankfurt, Germany).  In July 2018 The Edmonds Driftwood Players (Edmonds, WA) premiered Lawson’s play, Tea with Kate and Lady Bird, and was awarded 2nd Place by the festival judges and Audience Favorite (Saturday Matinee).  A month later, The Piece was read in Donna Scott Productions Short Playfest (Charlotte, NC) and was awarded Audience Favorite.  In January 2020 The Piece was produced in The Gallery Players’  Black Box New Play Festival  (Brooklyn, NY).  During 2019 Clifford’s, one of  Lawson’s most recent plays, was produced by the M.T. Pockets Theatre (Morgantown, WV) and The Group Repertory (Los Angeles, CA).  Serendipitous, written by Lawson earlier last year, was read in The Orange County International Ten Minute Play Festival in August 2020 (Goshen, NY) and was recorded in December as a Radio Play by Open Door Playhouse (Los Angeles).   In 2021, Serendipitous will be performed by The Storefront Theatre (Waxhaw, NC) and Following the Rules of the Warrior’s Waltz will premiere at Emerald Theatre Company (Memphis, TN).


Following the Rules of the Warrior’s Waltz (Ten Minute drama/comedy)

2021   Emerald Theatre Company, Memphis, TN, Production – Ten Minute Play Festival

Serendipitous (Ten Minute drama/comedy)

2021   The Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, NC, Production – We Love Short-Shorts Play Festival

2020   Open Door Playhouse, Los Angeles, Production - Podcast Radio Play

2020   PEP Productions, Goshen, NY, Production - The Orange County International Ten-Minute Play Festival

The Piece (Ten Minute drama/comedy)

2020   The Gallery Players, Brooklyn, NY, Production - Black Box New Play Festival

2018   Donna Scott Productions, Charlotte, NC, Reading – Short Playfest 2018 - Awarded Audience Favorite

Clifford’s (Ten Minute drama/comedy)

2019   The Group Repertory Theatre, N. Hollywood, CA, Production – Nine Winning One-Acts

2019   M.T. Pockets Theater, Morgantown, WV, Production – One Act Play Contest

Tea with Kate and Lady Bird (Ten Minute drama/comedy)

2018   Edmonds Driftwood Players, Edmonds, WA, Production – Festival of Shorts - Awarded 2nd Place by the festival judges.  Awarded Audience Favorite (Saturday Matinee)

Just That Sort of Day (Ten Minute drama/comedy)

2018   Birdhouse Theatre, Milledgeville, GA, Semi-finalist - Edge Fest 2018

2018   Phoenix Stage Company, Oakville, CT, Production – 2018 One Act Festival

2018   The Group Repertory Theatre, N. Hollywood, CA, Production – Nine Winning One-Acts

2018   Infinity Stage, Washington, DC, Production – 10x10xInfinity Short Play Festival

2017   Vermont Pride Theatre, Randolph, VT, Production - Out of the Closet:  A Pride Ten-Fest

2017   Mankato West Theatre,  Mankato, MN, Semi-Finalist – Minnesota Shorts Play Festival

2016   Emerald Theatre Company, Memphis, TN, Production – Ten Minute Play Festival

A Christmas Visit from Nicholas (Ten Minute drama)

2017  Emerald Theatre Company, Memphis, TN, Production – Ten Minute Play Festival

Waltzing, One, Two, Three (Ten Minute drama)

2017  New American Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA, Performance

2016  Theatre Southwest, Houston, TX, Reading – 12th Annual Reader’s Theatre

2015   Studio 33 Theatre, Beaumont, TX, Production - Gary Garrison Playwrighting Festival

2015   Little Fish Theatre, San Pedro, CA, Semi-Finalist in the Pick of the Vine Festival

2014   Village Playwrights, NYC, Reading as part of New York’s Pride Tribute

2014   Outworks, Louisiana State University, Production – April/May 2014

2013   New Voice Play Festival, Charles Town, WV, Honorable Mention

2011   Actors Theatre of Louisville, finalist for the Heideman Award

2011   Notes From The Underground Festival, New York City, Production

Four Corners of the Circle (Full Length drama)

2020   Southwest Theatre Productions, Austin, TX, Semifinalist - Play Competition

2014   Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, Final group of deliberations - Maxim Mazumdar Play Competition

2013   The Sonnet Theatre, New York City, Industry Reading

Lavender Shore (Full Length drama)

2011   Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York, NY, Production - Recognized with five MITF Award Nominations

2008   Accepted to the 3rd Annual Capital Fringe Festival, Washington, DC
2007   Manhattan Theatre Source, New York, NY, Equity Showcase
2006   Dramatist Guild of America, New York, NY, Professional Reading
2005   Actors Theatre, Charlotte,NC, Professional Reading
2005   Theatre Resources Unlimited, New York, NY, Honorable Mention Voices Reading Series 

2004   SNAPFest, Omaha, NE, Finalist (Top Four)
2003   American Theatre Co-op, La Jolla, CA, Semi-finalist Playwriting Contest

Gentleman's Wish (Full Length drama)

2009   Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York, NY, Production - Recognized with two MITF Award Nominations

2009   The Process Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA, Staged Reading

2008   Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York, NY, Staged Reading - Recognized with a MITF Award Nomination

2008   Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, NY Staged Reading

Rudy’s Cakewalk (Full Length drama)

2004   SNAPFest, Omaha, NE, Finalist (Top Four)

Diary of a Beauty Queen (Full Length drama)

2004   St. Henry High School, St. Henry, OH, Production

The Wisdom Channel (Full Length drama)

2003   THEATER UNTERM REGENBOGEN, Frankfurt, Germany, Production

New England Lodge (Full Length drama)

2002   Oberon Ensemble Theatre, New York, NY Finalist Reading Series