Laura Rohrman was born and raised in Northern CA and graduated from UC Davis. She moved to New York City many years ago to pursue playwriting. Keeping a toe on both coasts she often spends summers in Northern CA with her family and she’s had many productions and readings across the country and across the pond in London. Full-length plays include: Reporter Girl (Finalist Princess Grace Fellowship, Semi-Finalist O’Neill Festival, Weissberger Award Nominee, and My Life As You, a Playwrights First Finalist and recently a top five Finalist in the Mad Cow Women’s Play Festival 2020) and Hoboken (Shetler Studios/Hollywood Fringe – LA 2019). Shorter plays include: Below 14th (currently under development with The Actors Playhouse streaming network) Without and He Says His Name Is John, all Samuel French Short Play Finalists. Laura is published by Smith and Kraus in Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 and will be in Applause Books (upcoming 2021) for monologues and short plays. She’s also published by Drama Notebook for her kids’ plays. She runs a popular program in New York City (that is now on zoom) called Playwriting For Kids where the kids write and perform their own plays. MFA: Actors Studio/New School Drama. Laura is proud member of The Dramatist Guild and Honor Roll. Laura has received residencies with Rising Sun Theater Company (Governors Island) and The Workshop Theater in NYC.
As an actor she’s been seen in theater and film. She regularly choreographs and was the choreographer for Main Stage West’s version of A Chorus Line in 2018.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
FB: Laura Noni Rohrman
MORE ABOUT ME
My very first theater production was in New York City just three weeks after September 11th. One of the actors had to drop out because she lost her partner in 9/11. I really didn’t want to go on, but the theater believed in me, had booked space for me and they begged me to go on, so I did. Through the process of making art during one of the worst tragedies in American history (I also directed this play) I learned a lot about myself – who I am as person and creator. Not only did we laugh a lot in rehearsal, but the audiences loved the play. They laughed at all the right moments. I was elated, standing in the back, or maybe I was on stage some nights working as a stage manager. I just knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be – out there making the magic happen.
Every few years, I’m reminded why I’m still a playwright and why I haven’t pivoted to something easier. I write for the stage because I’m good at it and I have something unique to say. In late 2019, I was presenting a staged reading for a Broadway producer of my play Reporter Girl. Everything that could go wrong with this reading did go wrong. But somehow even with main actors missing, it was still fantastic. After, when I was sitting with the producer, a publisher came over to compliment me on the play. He said it was the best reading he’d ever been to. Then, he simply started crying as he was talking about my play. I turned red, but I was also elated in that same way I was at the very beginning of my career when I stood in the back reacting to the audiences’ laughter. Theater gives you these little gold bumps that keep you going.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I'm teaching two playwriting classes for kids. As part of the class we write a play together. I'm busy getting those plays in order. I'm also working on a brand new play called The Agency about an old literary and talent agency in New York City. Additionally, I have a biography TV project that we are just starting that is very exciting.
Biography, farce, holiday, Romance, Thriller, dark comedy, International, history
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