Laura Marks was recently honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation’s inaugural award for an emerging playwright. She’s the author of Bethany, produced Off-Broadway at City Center Stage II by the Women’s Project (directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, starring America Ferrera) and in Chicago at The Gift Theatre. Bethany received Lucille Lortel nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress, won the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers, was a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist and runner-up for the Yale prize, and had its West Coast premiere at the Old Globe.
Her other plays include Mine (produced by the Gift Theatre, Chicago) and Gather at the River. Ms. Marks is a graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program and an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She’s also the recipient of a Lilly Award, a Helen Merrill Award and an award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her work has been developed at theaters throughout the US and in the UK, and she currently holds a commission from South Coast Repertory. She’s a native of Kentucky, now living in New York.