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Lily Houghton is a twenty-two year old playwright born and raised in Manhattan. She wrote her first play at age seventeen before completing her B.A. in theater and clinical psychology with a minor in literature at Bennington College. Her plays have been developed at MCC Theater Company, NYU, 20% Theater Company Chicago, Yale University’s Writers’ Conference, Bennington College, University of Michigan Theater Conservatory, and the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. She has worked for Signature Theatre Company, The National Playwrights Conference, and The Public Theater. She is also an active advocate for individuals with autism and has worked closely with The Miracle Project, Autism Speaks, and the NYU Drama Therapy Graduate Department developing a show on relationships between people with autism and their loved ones. Lily's play, DEAR, will receive a PlayLab with MCC Theater this fall.