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Northwestern School of Communication

Laura Schellhardt

Associate Professor of Instruction


Laura Schellhardt

Laura Schellhardt is a playwright and adaptor. Her original works include Upright Grand, Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys (Jeff Award Nominee), The Apothecary's Daughter, How to Remove Blood From a Carpet, The K of D (Jeff Award Nominee, 2010 NYC Fringe Festival Best New Play Award), Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit (Jeff Award Nominee), and< Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Schellhardt is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, The Kennedy Center's New Voices/New Visions Festival, The Bonderman TYA Symposium, and the O'Neill National Playwright's Festival. She received her graduate degree from Brown University, under the tutelage of Paula Vogel. Schellhardt oversees the undergraduate playwriting initiative in the Department of Theatre.


MFA, Playwriting, Brown University

BA, Northwestern University

Awards and Grants

2013, Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer

2011, Distinguished Play Award – AATE Conference

2010, New Play Award – NYC Fringe

2008-2009, The Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship

2007-2008, TCG National Playwriting Residency

2007-2008, Jerome Playwriting Fellowship

2006, New Voices/New Visions, The Kennedy Center