Louise Schwarz is a New York-based, Virginia-raised playwright and educator. Her plays have been produced and developed all over the country, including The Fair Hope Memorial (Mark Taper Forum, Stage Left Theatre, Pandora’s Box PlayRites of Spring Festival, Horizon Theatre’s New South for the New Century Festival, Trilogy Theatre), August November (Pulse Ensemble Theatre), After Wednesday (New York International Fringe Festival/Theatre for the New City, Neo Pack Productions/Trilogy Theatre), This Is Not A Project (Railroad Playhouse, Producer’s Club), Floor Show In The Sweet Life (Cherry Lane Alternative, Oscar Hammerstein Center, New Perspectives Theatre, recipient of the John Golden Award), The Nostalgia Cure (Railroad Playhouse Annual One-Act Festival), Pluses and Minuses (ANDTheatre’s Eclectics Festival, Playwrights’ Round Table Summer Shorts Festival), Like A Glove (RAL Productions/Museum of Sex), Next Time On Spring Valley (ESPA Drills/Primary Stages), Why Summer Is A Lie (Dramatists Guild Friday Night Footlights), The Tragicomedie of Antony and Cleo (Shakespeare on the Sound Short Play Festival), She’s Got A Nice One (Rainy Day Artistic Collective), among others. Her monologues and ten-minute plays have also been seen at dozens of festivals and late-night pub showcases, and her short play Into the Confines of Paradise is published with Smith Scripts UK.
Fellowships and residencies include Blue Mountain Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Railroad Playhouse, the Hambidge Center, and the Edward Albee Foundation. She has taught playwriting at Oklahoma State University and at Hofstra University, and headed the Theatre Department at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center where she taught, wrote, and directed for ten summers. She was an instructor and the coordinator of Project Playwright at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vermont, and is a member of the Dramatists' Guild. M.F.A. Playwriting, Columbia University. B.A. Drama, University of Georgia.
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MORE ABOUT ME
My favorite thing to do when I'm not writing is obsess over other stories. Plays, novels, TV shows, nonfiction essays, documentaries, films, the stories of songs or history, the way people informally tell their own stories, and how to draw out people's stories directly from the source.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am currently working on a play about a group of therapists who share a practice, compete for clients and clout, and take their work home with them in dark (and hilarious) ways.
Lesbian, Queer, Equality, satire, tragicomedy, mystery, dark comedy, dramedy, bisexual, female adolescence