Laura Schellhardt's original works include Light Years Away, Digging Up Dessa, Ever in the Glades, The Comparables, Upright Grand, Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys, The K of D, Courting Vampires and Shapeshifter. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth and The Outfit. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Her work has been produced at The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, People's Light, Magic Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Boston Court Pasadena, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) and Northlight Theatre, among others. Schellhardt is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, the Jerome Fellowship, ACT's New Play Award, the FringeNYC Best New Play Award, the AATE Distinguished Play Award and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Her work has been developed at the Soho Rep. Writer/Director LAB, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Colorado New Play Summit, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Women Playwrights Festival, The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival, the Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Symposium, the Goodman Theatre's Playwrights Unit and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Schellhardt received her MFA in playwriting from Brown University under the direction of Paula Vogel. She currently heads the undergraduate playwriting program at Northwestern University and is a Victory Gardens ensemble playwright.