Laley Lippard

Laley Lippard

Laley Lippard is committed to championing new work, developing new plays, and creating performances that disrupt injustice, working across the country as a director, producer, and educator. In 2012, Laley co-founded and served as executive co-producer for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF). CHTF was envisioned as a city-wide artistic network that organizes artists across form, local community leaders,...
Laley Lippard is committed to championing new work, developing new plays, and creating performances that disrupt injustice, working across the country as a director, producer, and educator. In 2012, Laley co-founded and served as executive co-producer for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF). CHTF was envisioned as a city-wide artistic network that organizes artists across form, local community leaders, change agents, youth, and other invested neighbors to celebrate neighborhood culture, share a communal meal, experience transformative art by intersectional artists, build intentional community across lines of difference, and hold place for direct social action. Other producing work includes Z/Magic Mondays at Magic Theatre as Artistic Associate and The Welders. As the inaugural season-long Artistic Directing Fellow at Cleveland Play House, she directed the world premiere of Eric Coble’s These Mortal Hosts as part of the New Ground Theater Festival. Other recent directing work includes upcoming The Smuggler with solas nua at Eaton House DC, the National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere of David Valdes Greenwood’s The Mermaid Hour, Inda Craig-Galvnán’s Welcome To Matteson! at Kitchen Dog Theater’s 20th Annual New Works Festival, the midwest premiere of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect at Dobama Theatre, and a number of workshops at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other directing work includes at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage, Virginia Stage Company, Killing My Lobster (Pure Shock Value *world premiere), the side project (Lady M *world premiere), foolsFURY Theater Company, Seaside Repertory Theater, and Greenbelt Arts Center. She has workshopped plays as director or dramaturge with Alliance Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, American Theatre Company, Playwright's Foundation, Magic Theatre, and Just Theatre. She has collaborated with HowlRound and the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Laley has taught, workshopped, and directed at Universities including Stanford University, Northwestern University, Hampshire College, Case Western Reserve MFA Acting program, San Francisco Comedy College, and Pacific Union College. Laley is a proud member of the National Directors Fellowship, a partnership between The O’Neill Theater Center, National New Plays Network, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and The Kennedy Center; a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; and an associate member of the SDC. She holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University.