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  • Laura Censabella

    Part-Time Faculty

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    censabel@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    Z - School of Drama - 151 Bank Street

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    Laura Censabella

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    Laura Maria Censabella is currently part-time Assistant Professor in Playwriting at the New School for Drama where she won the Distinguished University-Wide Teaching Award. Her Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commissioned play Paradise premiered at Central Square Theater in Cambridge where it was nominated for a 2018 Elliot Norton Outstanding New Script Award and won an IRNE Award for Best New Play. In 2019 Paradise had a sold-out run at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles—produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon—which then moved to The Matrix Theatre. She recently wrote the screenplay for Vicangelo/American Oasis Films. Laura is the recipient of the $10,000 ADAA William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award for her play Carla Cooks The War (which will be read as part of the Queens Theatre New American Voices series in Fall 2019), and she is writing a new Sloan science grant commissioned play on the extraordinary life and work of scientist Dr. Irene Pepperberg of Alex & Me fame. Her other plays and musicals have been developed or produced at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Gulfshore Playhouse, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, the Women’s Project and Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, the New Harmony Project, The Working Theatre, Interact Theatre (LA) and Urban Stages, among others. She has won three grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts: two in Playwriting, and the Geri Ashur Award in Screenwriting for her screenplay Truly Mary. She has also won two daytime television Emmy Awards. Her award-winning short film Last Call is available on Netflix and her plays have been published in the Best Short Plays of 2012-2013 (Applause Books), ConnotationPress.com, IndependentPlaywrights.com, Poems and Plays, and the St. Petersburg Review. 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. Selected past teaching includes Columbia University, City University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Summer Literary Seminars (St. Petersburg, Russia), the O’Neill Theater Institute, the 52nd Street Project, BACA, The Lincoln Center Institute, and Poets in Public Service. She graduated from Yale University.


    Degrees Held

    B.A. Philosophy, Yale University


    Professional Affiliation

    Director, Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit

    Dramatists Guild

    Writers Guild of America, East

    League of Professional Theatre Women


    Recent Publications

    Best American Short Plays of 2012-2013 (Applause Books)


    Performances and Appearances

    Paradise, Underground Railway/Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA, April/May 2017.  https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/about/underground-railway-theater/


    Awards And Honors

    $10,000 ADAA William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Playwriting Award 2014

    Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Play Commission 2016/2017 - The Pepperberg Project 

    Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Play Commission 2010 - Paradise

    New School Distinguished University Wide Teaching Award 2013

    New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Playwriting for Three Italian Women (a/k/a Carla Cooks The War)

    New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Playwriting for Abandoned in Queens

    New York Foundation for the Arts Geri Ashur Award in Screenwriting for Truly Mary

    Best Short Drama Award Breckenridge Film Festival

    Emmy Award, As The World Turns 2001

    Emmy Award, As The World Turns 2002

     


    Current Courses

    Advanced Writing 1

    Contemp Women Playwrights 2

    Contemporary Women Playwrights

    Foundations in Playwriting

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