Longer Bio

 

Laura Zam is an award-winning writer and performer. To date, she has created seven one-person shows, which she has presented Off-Broadway, internationally, and across the US. Venues include The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Dixon Place (NYC); Divadlo v Celetne (Prague); and national venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Berkshire Women in the Arts Festival, Theater J, Shakespeare Theatre, The National Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and many others. Through her touring solo play, COLLATERALLY DAMAGED, Laura raises awareness about the aftermath of war through a telling of her mother’s Holocaust story. She tours this piece to theaters, performing arts centers, universities, libraries, schools, churches/synagogues, and conferences. Laura’s newest play MARRIED SEX was commissioned by Theater J for their Locally Grown Festival in 2012. Subsequently, the play was a semi-finalist for the 2013 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and then debuted in New York at the New York International Fringe Festival before being performed Off-Broadway. Laura is also turning this material into a large media project called Tame the Shame.

 

As an extension of her art practice, Laura has spent the past 15 years engaged in trauma recovery through the use of performance and storytelling. Notable projects include a post-conflict workshop for teens in Bosnia and Herzegovina; a writing program for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (at Walter Reed Army Medical Center); a workshop at the DC Rape Crisis Center; and a healing retreat for female veterans at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Additionally, Laura has used drama to facilitate dialogue and healing between Jewish Israeli and Pan-Arab teens, working at two international peace camps. At Arena Stage in Washington, DC Laura was the Director of Education/Southwest Programs, where she created eleven theater pieces that built community and gave voice to disenfranchised youth.

 

A sought-after speaker, Laura has presented at the University of Maryland, The American Psychological Association, TEDx Potomac, and other events/venues. 

 

Awards include the Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, an Open Society Fund grant (Soros Foundation), a Tennessee Williams Fellowship, an award from The Virtual Theatre Project’s International Playwriting Competition, and an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 

 

Published work appears in Monologues for Women by Women II; Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays; Time Out, Prague; Poet Magazine; Velvet Magazine and other publications in the US and abroad.

 

Laura has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a faculty member at Brown University, UC Berkeley, and George Mason University. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.  Laura holds a B.A. in Theater from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University.