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Laura Jacqmin

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Laura Jacqmin is a Chicago-based playwright from Shaker Heights, Ohio. She has also written for television and video games, and was the winner of the 2008 Wasserstein Prize, a $25,000 award given to recognize an emerging female playwright. Look, We Are Breathing was nominated for a 2015 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work. Residence, directed by Hal Brooks, premiered in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays.



Jacqmin attended Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. After high school, Jacqmin attended Yale, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors in 2004. She then went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from Ohio University in 2007.


  • Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) - Story Editor
  • Lucky 7 (ABC, 2013) - Staff Writer
  • Film

  • We Broke Up - Screenwriter with Jeff Rosenberg, currently under option with Mason Novick/ MXN
  • Video games

  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Telltale Games (2015) - Episodic Game Writer-Contract
  • Groups and organizations

  • Unnamed Lady Writers Group - Founding Member
  • Chicago Dramatists - Resident Playwright Emertia
  • Dramatists Guild - Associate Member
  • The Kilroys

    Jacqmin is one of the founding members of the females in theatre empowerment group, The Kilroys, based in LA. The group came to be in 2014 when they released a list of some of the top un-produced or underproduced plays by female playwrights in an effort to fill theatre with plays written by and about women since the majority of plays produced are written by and for men. The list was well received and theaters across the United States started to pull plays from the list to put into their season. The group plans to release a similar list each year in the pursuit of their goal.


  • Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (2010, world premiere)
  • A Third (2015, world premiere)
  • Residence (2015)
  • We're Going To Be Fine (2015, world premiere)
  • Look, we are breathing (2015, world premiere)
  • Ghost Bike (2014, world premiere)
  • Milvotchkee, Visconsin (2013/2014, co-world premiere)
  • Before You Ruin It (2014, academic premiere)
  • Do-Gooder (2014, world premiere)
  • January Joiner (2013, world premiere)
  • And When We Awoke There Was Light and Light (2012, world premiere)
  • Ski Dubai (2009, world premiere)
  • Two Lakes, Two Rivers (2012)
  • Pluto Was a Planet (2008)
  • Airborne
  • 10 Virgins
  • Happyslap
  • Workshops and residencies

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival – Fellowship Project, 2015
  • Cape Cod Theatre Project, 2015
  • SDC Guest Artist residency at Arizona State University, spring 2014
  • Faith Broome playwright in residence at University of Oklahoma, fall 2012
  • O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, summer 2012
  • Old Vic/New Voices US/UK Exchange, summer 2012
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2011
  • Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency, 2011
  • Cape Cod Theatre Project, 2011
  • Theater of the First Amendment’s First Light Festival, 2011
  • Lark Theatre’s Playwrights Week, 2010
  • Sundance Theatre Lab, 2010
  • Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, 2010
  • P73’s Yale residency, 2010
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2009
  • Writer in residence at the Marcel Breuer House: Rockefeller Brothers Estate, sponsored by Page 73 and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 2009
  • Residency in Applied Arts at the Center for Age and Community at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009
  • Awards, honors, and grants

  • Finalist, 2015 Heideman Award for Post-Apocalypto
  • Longlisted, Theatre503 Playwriting Award for A Third
  • Awardee, 2014 NEA Art Works grant for world premiere production of Milvotchkee, Visconsin
  • Winner, 2013 Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award
  • Awardee, 2013 NEA Art Works grant for world premiere production of January Joiner
  • Finalist, 2013 Laurents/Hatcher Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2012 BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition
  • Finalist, 2010–13 Heideman Award
  • Finalist, 2008 and 2011 Princess Grace Award
  • Finalist, 2011 P73 Playwriting Fellowship
  • Member of the Goodman Theatre’s 2010–11 Playwrights’ Unit
  • Nominee, 2011 Cherry Lane Mentor Project
  • Awarded 2009 Union League Club Civic & Arts Foundation’s Emerging Playwright Award
  • Winner/finalist for Aurora Theatre Company’s 2007 and 2009 Global Age Project
  • Winner of the 2008 Wasserstein Prize, a $25,000 award given by the Dramatists Guild and the Educational Foundation of America to an emerging female playwright (for And when we awoke there was light and light)
  • Commissions

  • DePaul University School of Theater, 2014
  • Victory Gardens Theater/NNPN, 2012
  • South Coast Rep, 2011
  • Carthage College, 2011
  • Goodman Theatre, 2010
  • Arden Theatre Company, 2010
  • InterAct Theatre, 2010
  • Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, 2010
  • Foundation for Jewish Culture: New Jewish Theatre Projects Grant, 2008
  • Victory Gardens Theater, 2007
  • References

    Laura Jacqmin Wikipedia

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