scriptwriter & dramaturg
5W - The Hamptons, March. A mansion is burned to the ground, and the fallout theatrens to destroy five young women's lives. O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2019.
Script on NPX: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/256734/winter-people
4W / 2M - In this horror comedy about gentrification, Sammy and Harry work third jobs as security for a new condo site, but something lies in wait to defend its territory. Commissioned by SpeakEasy Stage Company, 2019. Script on NPX: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/466826/just-cause
3W/2M - Everyone feels like they own the park. But really it belongs to no one. Meant to be performed outside in a park, and written for Pease Park in Austin, TX, with the support of a ScriptWorks Groundwork Grant, 2020.
THE END WILL HURT
4W/1GN/1M - Three generations of women battle their love-hate relationships and their own digital alter egos to grapple with the grandmother's upcoming death. WomenWorks residency. Script on NPX: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/112164/end-will-hurt
Laura Neill developed her play Winter People at the 2019 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. She is currently writing the site-specific play Public Property in Austin, TX, with the support of a ScriptWorks Groundwork Grant and the Pease Park Conservancy. Past commissions include Just Cause (SpeakEasy Stage Company) and DIVAS (OperaHub). Other previous productions include Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group, and Don't Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa. She co-edited the New England New Play Anthology for StageSource. Laura has taught courses on creative writing and theatre at universities across the country. She is currently developing two TV pilots, a half-hour comedy and an hour-long drama. She is married to fellow playwright Jaymes Sanchez, and they have a giant fluffy puppy named Peppercorn. MFA: Boston University. Representation: Katie Gamelli at A3 Artists Agency.
Contact me below if you'd like to bring a workshop to your campus or writer's group.
I teach Playwriting and Theatre Appreciation at Austin Community College. I've also taught writing and theatre at St. Edward's University, Boston College, Emerson College, University of Texas at Austin Informal Classes, and Boston University.
EMBRACING WRITER'S BLOCK
This workshop guides writers through the joy of getting stuck, and provides a dozen hands-on tips to determine how to write joyfully toward their intention. Previous workshops: the University of Tulsa, the O'Neill National Theatre Institute, and the Austin/San Antonio Dramatists Guild webinar series.
HOW TO WRITE THE TEN-MINUTE PLAY
This workshop takes writers from setting intention to discovering ideas to outlining a creative, exciting ten-minute play. Previous workshops: Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, University of Texas at Austin Informal Classes.
Helping you fulfill your intention for your work.
I've worked with writers of all experience levels. I believe fiercely that you can and will get your work to where you want it to be. To help you on this journey, I provide written notes tailored to your intention for the piece as well as a half-hour Zoom call to connect in realtime.
Full-length play (two sets of 1-pg written notes & one half-hour Zoom call): $500
Ten-minute play (two sets of 1/2-pg written notes & one half-hour Zoom call): $150
Please note that I can only take on a few clients at a time. Inquire for availability below.