Laura Maria Censabella is the recipient of an EST/Sloan Project commission for her new play Paradise about the biochemistry of romantic love.  Her play Interviewing Miss Davis was produced in EST’s Marathon 2010.  Her children’s musicals O’Sullivan Stew (originally commissioned by Greene Arts Foundation) and The Last Pine Tree on Eagle Mountain, written with composer-lyricist Frank Cuthbert, currently tour with Urban Stages Outreach.  She has been a three-time participant at the O’Neill Theater Center for her plays Jazz Wives, Jazz Lives, Abandoned in Queens and Carla Cooks The War.  Other plays have been produced at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, Women’s Project and Productions, m2productions, The Working Theatre, Interact Theatre in L.A., The New Harmony Project, Belmont Italian American Playhouse (commissioned play Some Girls), the Pacific Resident Theatre, Wide Eyed Productions, the AthenaWorks Marathon, and the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College.  She has won three grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts for her plays Abandoned in Queens and Carla Cooks The War, and her screenplay Truly Mary.  She is also the winner of two daytime Emmys for writing on "As the World Turns."  Her independent short film Last Call (directed by Robert Bailey and featuring EST member actor Jude Ciccolella and actress Dana Dewes) was an official selection in festivals throughout the world and won the Best Short Drama Award at the Breckenridge Film Festival.  It is released by Cinequest on a compilation DVD entitled Second Sight: Cinequest Favorite Short Films, Volume II and is available on Netflix (search: Second Sight, Vol. 2).  Current Teaching: New School for Drama.  Former Teaching: Columbia University, City University, Sarah Lawrence College, Sewanee Writers Conference, Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Published in Poems and Plays and The St. Petersburg Review.  Member: DG, WGAE, League of Professional Theatre Women, director of the EST Playwrights Unit.  Graduate: Yale College, B.A. in Philosophy.

Contact: Elaine Devlin Literary

See the trailer for her film Last Call here

Read or listen to her 2011 TheatreNow! Podcast interview here

Read her Wide Eyed Productions interview here


Filmed during rehearsals for Interviewing Miss Davis, Marathon 2010