Laura Thoma is a theatremaker originally from Tidewater, Virginia, whose work is published internationally. She started her career as a dancer and choreographer. She danced with Fernando Bujones, at the White House, and as Chessasrus Rex in Kraft’s National Mac and Cheese Tour. As a choreographer, Laura worked with Second City, Sheldon Patinkin, and innumerable regional theatres. She was an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and Columbia College, where she served as the liaison between the dance and theatre departments. As a playwright, Laura has developed her work with many organizations including, Chicago Dramatists, Marist College, Stage Door Theatre, and the Blackstone Memorial Library. Her play Magpie was a semi-finalist in Theatre Odyssey’s first annual One Act Play Festival. As a Playwright in Residence with The Pawling Theatre Exchange, she continued to develop Magpie into a full length play—it was recently published by Next Stage Press and is scheduled to have its first production in the fall of 2022. Laura has had many short plays featured in regional short and new work festivals. She is the author of several non-fiction books and currently working on her first novel. Laura is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Honor Roll!, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Theatre Artists Workshop, where she is currently serving as Vice President of their Board.
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MORE ABOUT ME
When I'm writing, my favorite thing to do is to take the time to discover the process needed and called for by the project. I love encouraging and creating the daily practice I will use when writing each particular play. Sometimes, it's about outlining, sometimes it's about capturing the visuals I see. Sometimes it's about creating a playlist or finding the ideal ASMR to use when writing. It's always about having my tea at the perfect temperature. Thank you, fancy electric tea mug! I love working on multiple projects in a day, and each having its specific process allows me to flow from play to play.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I'm working on a a ReVision of a full length play, expanding several shorts, and revising a novel.
Lesbian, Queer, Historical, Family, Self-Actualization, Trauma, Military, Mental Health, Writer's Life, Middle Age Women, Identity, Connection, Drama