Laura Maria Censabella

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Laura Maria Censabella

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Laura Maria Censabella won the 2014 $10,000 ADAA William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Playwriting Prize for her play Carla Cooks The War. Her Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commissioned play Paradise premiered at Underground Railway/Central Square Theater (Cambridge) in April 2017 and will also be produced by Gulfshore Playhouse, and co-produced by Passage Theatre/Luna Stage in the fall. Her other plays have been developed/produced at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, The New Harmony Project, The Working Theatre, and Urban Stages, among others.  She has won three writing grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also won two daytime television Emmy Awards.  Her short film Last Call is available on Netflix and she has 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 EST Playwrights Unit.  She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy and is part-time Assistant Professor in Playwriting at the New School for Drama where she won the Distinguished University-Wide Teaching Award.  Most recently she received a new EST/Sloan commission to write about the pioneering work in animal cognition of Harvard scientist Dr. Irene Pepperberg and her grey parrot Alex.