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Laurie Brooks

Laurie Brooks is an award-winning playwright and young adult fiction author whose innovative After-Play Interactive Forum designs are changing the way theatres engage audiences. Awards include TCG's National Theatre Artist Residency Program with the Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.; AT&T Firststage Award; and three Distinguished Play Awards and the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup from AATE. She has received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, Children's Foundation of America and Irish Arts Council (with Graffiti Theatre, Cork, Ireland). Brooks' Lies and Deceptions Quartet of plays for young adults includes The Wrestling Season, commissioned by the Coterie Theatre, featured at the Kennedy Center's One Theatre World, printed in American Theatre (November 2000) and winner of "Best of" awards in Kansas City, Seattle and Dallas. Additional award-winning plays include Deadly Weapons, The Tangled Web, Selkie: Between Land and Sea, Devon's Hurt, The Match Girl's Gift: A Christmas Story, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Franklin's Apprentice, Triangle, The Lost Ones, Atypical Boy, ALL of US and Everyday Heroes, commissioned and premiered by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Brave No World: Community. Identity. Stand-up Comedy. was commissioned and premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2006. Brooks has worked extensively in Ireland, where four commissioned plays were developed with Graffiti Theatre. She served as assistant professor and playwright in residence at New York University for 10 years, where she also served as literary manager for the historic Provincetown Playhouse, and was playwright-in-residence for the Houston Young Professionals Endeavor Institute at the Alley Theatre in Houston. She has been guest lecturer at University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Texas at Austin and playwright-in-residence at Arizona State University. Her article "Put a Little Boal in Your Theatre: A New Model for Talkbacks" appeared in American Theatre, and she was a featured artist at the 2007 TCG National Conference at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Alfred A. Knopf published Brooks' book for young adults, Selkie Girl, in 2008. Current projects include Jason Invisible, a new play commissioned by the Kennedy Center, which will premiere in March 2013.

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