Speaking Information

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  • Author, forthcoming memoir, The Pleasure Plan: One Woman's Quest to Figure out Sex and Finally Heal from Trauma
  • Award-winning writer and performer
  • Expert in sexual healing
  • Expert in preventing sexual misconduct
  • Dynamic presenter, mixing high content with performance
  • Brings humor to difficult topics




Speaking Topics:

  • The 3Ps of Healing from Sexual Violation
  • 5 Myths About Sex 
  • Knowing More About Sex Will Keep Keep You Safer on Campus
  • Preventing Sexual Violation on Campus
  • Sexual Healing for Everyone
  • Using Art to Heal from Trauma
  • Turn Your Progress Into a Project


Travels From:

Washington, DC



More Media:

Video, Fox News TV
Video, Indiana University
Video, Story District
Video, National Speakers Association

Article, The New York Times
Article, Salon
Article, Forward



Laura Zam is an author, speaker, certified trauma professional, and sexuality educator whose work focuses on sexual healing. Her writing appears in The New York TimesSalonThe Huffington Post, and The Forward as well as in seven book anthologies. In 2013, Laura’s one-person play about healing in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse, Married Sex, was presented at the New York International Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway (United Solo). Other one-person plays, keynotes, and speeches have been presented at The Kennedy Center, the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, The National Theatre, Columbia University, American Psychological Association, and many other venues in the U.S. and abroad. Media outlets that have covered Zam's work include NPR, The Washington Post, PBS, The Huffington Post, The Guardian UK, The Prague Post, and others. As an extension of her art practice, Laura has been conducting storytelling workshops with trauma survivors for the past twenty years, working with post-war teens from Bosnia, young adults from the Middle East, wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims of sexual violation. Workshop venues include the Omega Center, Walter Reed Army Hospital, and the DC Rape Crisis Center. Grants include a Playwriting Fellowship from Brown University, Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, an Open Society Fund grant (Soros Foundation), a Tennessee Williams Fellowship, and three Artist Fellowships from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Laura has taught at Brown University, UC Berkeley, George Mason, and other colleges. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she studied with Pulitzer Prize winners Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz. She's a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.


Praise for Zam Presentations:

Smart...beautiful...and very engaging...Zam..is introspective and funny, but also fiercely aware of the world and her place in it... Collaterally Damaged...kicking complacency in the teeth -- but with a smile.
Nelson Pressley
The Washington Post


The faculty and staff who brought Laura Zam to campus were thrilled. I recommend this program most highly for any campus. 
April Lidinsky
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program
Indiana University, South Bend


Laura's ability to meld the poignant with the humorous is continually arresting.
Dr. Donn Murphy
Executive Director, The National Theatre


Due to Laura's presentation, our population improved significantly in the areas of confidence and being able to tell their story. 
Santa Molina
Director, DC Rape Crisis Center


Humorous and touching.
Rich See
Curtain Up 


Laura's presentation was terrific. The crowd loved it! 
Tim Starks
Education Director, Nerd Night
Science Speaking Series


Laura brought tremendous value to Shenandoah University. Her thought-provoking presentation broadened our students' worldview. We are very happy we brought her to campus. 
Tracy Fitzsimmons
President, Shenandoah University 


Remarkably deep and perceptive... profoundly satisfying.  
DC Theatre Reviews


Laura's public presentation was funny, moving and very personal. 
Megan Nesbit
Director, Brown University RISD Hillel


Rich Massabny
Arlington TV 


NY Theatre.com


Washington Post


Inspiring...Zam is a pro.
Washington City Paper


Touching and honest. Zam is a talented storyteller and imbues each scene with ceaseless energy.
Theatre is Easy (NY Theatre blog)


Hilarious...Zam finds just the right way to turn her drama into deliciously ribald humor.  Her gifts as a writer are matched by her delicious characterizations.  
Theatre's Leiter Side (NY Theatre blog)