Laura Maria Censabella recently won the $10,000 William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Drama Award for her play Carla Cooks The War.  Her Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commissioned play Paradise will be produced by Underground Railway/Central Square Theater in Spring 2017, and Gulfshore Playhouse in Fall 2017.  Laura has also received a 2016/2017 Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commission to write a new play about the pioneering work in animal cognition of Harvard scientist Dr. Irene Pepperberg.  Other plays and musicals have been developed/produced at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, the Women’s Project and Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage Company, The New Harmony Project, The Working Theatre, the Pacific Resident Theatre, m2productions, the Festival of Faith and Writing (Calvin College), Wide-Eyed Productions, and Urban Stages, among others.  She has won three writing grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts; two in playwriting for Abandoned in Queens and Carla Cooks the War (a/k/a Three Italian Women), and the Geri Ashur Award in Screenwriting for Truly Mary.  She penned the short film adaptation Physics for HBO's Women: Breaking the Rules series, and for two years she wrote for daytime serial television, winning two Emmy Awards.  Her short film Last Call, a featured selection in film festivals around the world, is available in Second Sight, Vol. 2 on Netflix (Best Short Drama Prize, Breckenridge Film Festival).  Her plays have been published in The Best Short Plays of 2012-2013 (Applause Books),,, Poems and Plays and The St. Petersburg Review.  She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and is part-time Assistant Professor in Playwriting at the New School for Drama where she received the Distinguished University-Wide Teaching Award.  Other teaching has included: Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, City University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild of America, East, and the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she directs the Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit.

Contact: Elaine Devlin Literary

See the trailer for her film Last Call here:

Read or listen to her 2011 TheatreNow! Podcast interview here