Lori M. Myers is an award-winning writer of creative nonfiction, fiction, and plays, a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Broadway World Award nominee. She is also a professional director and actress. Lori holds a MA in creative writing (fiction and plays) from the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program (where she studied with playwright Jean Klein) in Wilkes Barre, PA and studied theater at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. She has studied technique with playwright Jeffrey Sweet and teaches playwriting at Dominican College and St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York.
Her Holocaust play 91366 was produced at The Venue in Norfolk, VA. She is the author of six children's musicals performed at Gretna Theatre in PA and five 10-minute plays produced by Gaslight Theatre Company in Kingston, PA. Her play Mirror, Mirror was given a New York premiere by the Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company. A 21st Century Christmas Carol, Lori's adaptation of the Dickens classic and published by Pioneer Drama, has been produced in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Other publishers of her work include Dramatic Publishing and Blue Moon Plays. Lori's 10-minute play Sight Unseen garnered second place at the Minnesota Short Play Festival.
Lori is an adjunct professor of writing, literature, and playwriting in New York. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and a member of Westchester Collaborative Theatre.
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MORE ABOUT ME
What was your most gratifying moment in the theater?*
I've been fortunate to have had numerous moments in the theater which have been gratifying both on stage and off. As an actor, I've performed the very difficult lead role in the show Extremities, about a threatened rape. For research, I did an interview with one of the first rape victims in this country who took her attacker to court and publicly testified. I remember her courage in giving me the details I requested so that I could give truth to that performance. It must have paid off. Rehearsals were difficult, and I ended up with various bruises which didn't disappear for months. I recall after one particular performance, one male audience member stopped me to say "I wanted to rush up on that stage and help you!" That's how real it was for him.
As a playwright, I've been most gratified when the actors "get it." When the voices that were in my head when i wrote it are the same voices I hear when it's finally staged. I'm gratified when the director is imaginative and insightful enough to make my play better in some way, yet respectful enough to make sure all the words and intentions are honored.
A creative person can't ask for more than that.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I'm currently working on a documentary theater piece of my interviews with immigrant women based on a one act play of mine titled Magnificent Healing. It was close to possibly being staged in London prior to Covid, so it's currently on hold. I'm also working on several full-length plays; one is about working in New York theater and another on gentrification. I usually have a short comedy piece in the works because I love writing comedy, and I love hearing audiences laugh at what I've written.
Jewish, comedy, drama, dark comedy, Children, Horror, Political, Women, LGBTQ, musical, Young Audiences, holiday, theater
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