Shamas, Laura, Ph.D.

Laura Annawyn Shamas was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her plays have been produced  in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia. Her plays have been produced by Free Rein Theatre (Australia), Golden Thread Productions, Victory Theater (L.A.), Philadelphia Theater Company, Denver Center Theater Company, Walnut Street Theater, West Coast Ensemble and The Glines (NYC), among many others. Her work has been developed and performed at many theaters, including The Public Theater (N.Y.C., Native Theater Festival ‘08), Native Voices at the Autry (L.A., Festival of New Plays, ‘08); Native Earth Performing Arts (Toronto, “Weesageechak Learns to Dance XX,” ’07); “Playwrights Week at the Lark,” (New York, ‘07); Soho Theatre (N.A.A.A. Festival, London,  ’06 & ‘07); Williamstown Theatre Festival (Guest Artist ‘06); The Old Globe; The Geva Theater; and The Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Shamas has several published plays, including Re-Sourcing, Moliere in Love, Pistachio Stories, Up to Date, Lady-Like, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Portrait of A Nude, and The Other Shakespeare.  She has been honored with a number of playwriting awards, including the 2008 Garrard Best Play Award from the Five Civilized Tribes Museum for her play Talking Leaves, a Fringe First Award for Outstanding New Drama (Edinburgh, Scotland), a Drama-Logue Award, and a 2006-2007 Aurand Harris Fellowship from the Children’s Theater Foundation of America.  She is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. Her multicultural background includes Chickasaw, English, French, Irish, Lebanese, and Scottish heritage. Website:

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