Laley Lippard

Laley Lippard

Laley Lippard is a theater maker, director, producer, and educator committed to championing new work, developing new plays, and creating performances that disrupt injustice. Currently, Laley is the Creative Producer of The Welders, DC’s premiere playwrights’ collective whose mission is to establish an evolving, alternative platform for play development, production, and community engagement. In 2012, Laley co-...
Laley Lippard is a theater maker, director, producer, and educator committed to championing new work, developing new plays, and creating performances that disrupt injustice. Currently, Laley is the Creative Producer of The Welders, DC’s premiere playwrights’ collective whose mission is to establish an evolving, alternative platform for play development, production, and community engagement. In 2012, Laley co-founded and served as executive co-producer for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF) for five years. CHTF was envisioned as a city-wide artistic network that organizes opportunities for participating families, local community leaders, nationally recognized change agents, school-aged youth, and other invested neighbors to invite strangers into their homes to share a communal meal, experience transformative art, build intentional community across lines of difference, and make place for direct social action. Laley served as the innaugural year-long Artistic Directing Fellow at Cleveland Play House where she directed the world premiere of Eric Coble’s THESE MORTAL HOSTS as part of the New Ground Theater Festival. Recent directing work includes the Rolling World Premiere of David Valdes Greenwood’s THE MERMAID HOUR, Inda Craig-Galvná’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 Courtney Meaker’s YOU MUST WEAR A HAT at The Kennedy Center’s KCACTF. Other directing work includes at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), Virginia Stage Company (GROUNDED), Killing My Lobster (PURE SHOCK VALUE *WP), the side project (LADY M *WP),, foolsFURY Theater (BIG LOVE), Seaside Repertory Theater (PROOF and ART), Greenbelt Arts Center (SHYLOCK, THE JEW OF VENICE *WP). She has workshopped plays with Alliance Theatre, O'Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, American Theatre Company, Playwright's Foundation, Magic Theater (as Artistic Associate), foolsFURY Theater (as Company Member), Just Theatre. She has collaborated with HowlRound and the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, Rarschach Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Laley has taught, workshopped, and directed at Universities across the country including Stanford, 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 (NDF), a partnership between The O’Neill Theater Center, National New Plays Network, and The Kennedy Center; a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University.