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Lisa Loomer

Lisa Loomer’s most recent play, DISTRACTED, played at The Roundabout Theater in New York in 2009, had its world premiere at The Mark Taper Forum, and is currently being done in regional theaters and in Europe.  LIVING OUT had its world premiere at The Mark Taper Forum and was produced at Second Stage in New York in 2003, directed by Jo Bonney.  It has also been produced at such theaters as Seattle Repetory, Missouri Repetory, The Denver Center, and Theater Works, as well as in Mexico and Israel, sometimes in bi-lingual productions.   Ms. Loomer is perhaps best known for THE WAITING ROOM which went from The Williamstown Theater Festival to The Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, and then on to The Vineyard Theatre in New York.  It has been seen throughout America and in Europe and Egypt.  Her play EXPECTING ISABEL had its world premiere at Arena Stage and its west coast premiere at The Taper. Her first play, BIRDS, was produced by South Coast Repertory.  Other works include MARIA, MARIA, MARIA, MARIA!; ACCELERANDO; LOOKING FOR ANGELS, BOCON!, and BROKEN HEARTS which have been produced at such theaters as The Public Theatre, Intar, The Los Angeles Theatre Center, Mixed Blood, The Kennedy Center,  Seattle’s Group Theater, Stage Left, The La Jolla Playhouse, as well as in Germany, Alaska, and Mexico.

Ms. Loomer is an alumna of New Dramatists and the recipient of two grants from the NEA and a grant from the NYFA.  Awards include the Jane Chambers Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, a Glarland Award, and the American Theatre Critics Association Award (twice).  She also received  an Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos in all media.  Her plays appear in THE BEST PLAYS OF 1998-1999, THE BEST PLAYS OF 1994-1995, and THE BEST PLAYS OF 2003-4,  and are published by Dramatists Play Service, TCG,  Dramatic Publishing and Arte Publico Press.    THE WAITING ROOM and LIVING OUT are taught in university drama programs, Women’s Studies programs, and Latino Studies programs.  Ms. Loomer is also a screenwriter, best known for GIRL, INTERRUPTED.

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