Laura Jacqmin

Laura Jacqmin

Laura Jacqmin is a Chicago-based playwright, originally from Cleveland. She’s the winner of the Wasserstein Prize, two NEA Art Works Grants, the ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships, an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and was a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Prize, the BBC International Playwriting Competition, and the Princess...
Laura Jacqmin is a Chicago-based playwright, originally from Cleveland. She’s the winner of the Wasserstein Prize, two NEA Art Works Grants, the ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships, an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and was a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Prize, the BBC International Playwriting Competition, and the Princess Grace Award. Her play Dental Society Midwinter Meeting was named one of New City Stage’s Top Five Plays of 2010, as well as TimeOut Chicago’s Honorable Mentions: Best Theater of 2010. Television: “Lucky 7” (ABC, 2013); “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix, 2014). She received her BA from Yale University, and earned an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University. Plays include January Joiner (Long Wharf Theatre), Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre), Look, We Are Breathing (Sundance Theater Lab), Two Lakes, Two Rivers (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (Chicago Dramatists/At Play, remounted 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake), Do-Gooder (16th Street Theater), Ghost Bike (Buzz22 Chicago) and more. Her short play Hero Dad premiered in the 2012 Humana Festival of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Additionally, she’s had work developed and produced by Atlantic Theater, Roundabout Underground, Vineyard Theatre, LCT3, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Northlight Theatre, Ars Nova, Second Stage, Lark Theatre, Icicle Creek Theater Festival, NNPN, and more. Jacqmin has taught playwriting at Ohio University, Carthage College, was the recipient of a Fellowship in Applied Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center on Age and Community, and was the 2012 Faith Broome playwright-in-residence at University of Oklahoma. She has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Goodman Theatre, DePaul University, Arden Theater Company, InterAct Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater/NNPN, and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. and Smith & Kraus.

Plays

  • Residence
    When new mom and medical supply saleswoman Maggie moves into an extended-stay hotel in Tempe, Arizona, she brings a troubled history and tenuous grasp on the future with her. While trying to secure her first sale since returning to work, she befriends two hotel employees whose careers and life paths are nearly as shaky as her own. To request, please contact Derek Zasky at WME.
  • January Joiner
    Eat less. Exercise more. Make healthy choices. Ignore the bloodthirsty vending machine when it speaks to you. Myrtle and her sister Terry enroll at Evolve in sunny Florida in order to transform their lives. But at what cost? A weight loss horror-comedy that asks: what happens when the people closest to us change? World premiere Long Wharf Theatre, 2013, dir. Eric Ting Recipient of a 2013 NEA Art Works...
    Eat less. Exercise more. Make healthy choices. Ignore the bloodthirsty vending machine when it speaks to you. Myrtle and her sister Terry enroll at Evolve in sunny Florida in order to transform their lives. But at what cost? A weight loss horror-comedy that asks: what happens when the people closest to us change? World premiere Long Wharf Theatre, 2013, dir. Eric Ting Recipient of a 2013 NEA Art Works Grant