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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.


MFAPlaywriting, Brown University
BANorthwestern University

Awards and Grants

2013Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer
2011Distinguished Play Award – AATE Conference
2010New Play Award – NYC Fringe
2008-2009The Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship
2007-2008TCG National Playwriting Residency
2007-2008Jerome Playwriting Fellowship
2006New Voices/New Visions, The Kennedy Center