Mansour, Mona

Lebanese-American Mona Mansour began her theater career as an actress, studying acting at UCSD (Dream Play, dir. Micheal Hackett; Good Person of Szechuan, dir. Michael Greif) and SMU, where she received a BFA in Theater/Acting (Oh What a Lovely War!, Taken in Marriage, among others). She later starred in productions with Chicago’s Griffin Theater and L.A.’s Moving Arts. She was part of L.A.’s famed Groundlings Theater, where she wrote and performed her own material in the Sunday Company for a year and a half. Her first play, Me and the SLA (Groundling Theater, Seattle Fringe Fest – Best of the Fest) focused on her adult and childhood obsession with Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her play Girl Scouts of America (co-written with Andrea Berloff) had a reading at New York Theater Workshop, was part of the Public Theater’s New Work Now, and had a successful outing at NYC Fringe 2006. Her play Others had a staged reading at the Flea Theater in August 2007, directed by Sharon Lennon. Mona was recently named “One of 50 to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild, and was just selected to be part of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group for 2009. Her play Urge for Going is a semifinalist in NYC’s Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Festival. Television credits include produced episodes of Showtime’s Dead Like Me and the CBS show Queens Supreme. She curated, with Lisa Kron, a piece for gay, lesbian and transgender youth called ‘Nuff Said, which was performed at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC. In her spare time, Mona teaches improv and writing classes to adults over 60 in NYC.

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