Paulette Laufer

Playwright

Paulette Laufer is a former playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, (Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director) for three premieres of her original plays: Donna Q (commissioned as part of The Sallee New Century Play Series); Taking My Life in Your Hands; and Eagle River.  Other script commissions, from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create stage adaptations for young and family audiences, include her lively adaptation of Little Women, from the book by Louisa May Alcott, and The Great Quillow, based on the story by James Thurber.  The Kennedy Center production of her Little Women play toured nationally; subsequent productions: Nashville Children's Theatre and The Coterie Theatre (Kansas City, MO).  She developed many of her earlier plays in the original Source Theatre Company's Annual Washington Theatre Festival in D.C., receiving multiple festival awards (Best New Play; Best 10-Minute Play; Lit Prize).  She holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Art (playwriting) from the University of Iowa and is a previous recipient of a one-act play commission from Actors Theatre of Louisville.  She now lives in Sturgeon Bay, WI, and serves as artistic liaison for the Playwrights' Collective which she created (under the umbrella of Isadoora Theatre Company).  Also a poet, she received an honorable mention in the Wisconsin Academy/WI People & Ideas 2017 contest.