Jenny Laird is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where her play Ballad Hunter received its premiere and a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Outstanding New Work. She is also the recipient of the Cunningham Prize for playwriting, Mill Mountain Theatre's New Play Award, an Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship as well as developmental and production grants from the NEA. Her play Only the Sound, also produced by Chicago Dramatists, received the 2003 Jeff Award for Best New Work. Sky Girls was originally commissioned and produced by Chicago's Northlight Theatre and had its West Coast premiere at the Old Globe in 2004. Her work has been seen at theatres including the Women's Project, the Road Theatre, the Asylum, API, Stage 3, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Horizon Theatre Company and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, among others. Prior to her move to New York, Laird taught playwriting at DePaul University.