BARBARA LEBOW (Playwright) is a California resident who grew up in New York, moved to Atlanta in the 1960s and joined The Academy Theatre’s developmental workshop, eventually becoming playwright in residence. Among her plays with first productions there are A SHAYNA MAIDEL (which ran Off Broadway 1987-89 and continues to receive regional and international productions), THE LEFT HAND SINGING, THE KEEPERS, CYPARIS, LITTLE JOE MONAGHAN, THE ADVENTURES OF HOMER MCGUNDY REVISED, TRAINS, and TINY TIM IS DEAD. In addition to her own writing, Barbara facilitates play creation with disenfranchised segments of the population including homeless and addicted individuals, youth at risk, developmentally and physically disabled persons, and women in prison. In recent years, she has worked with residents of Los Prietos Boys Camp, supported by a grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, a TCG/Pew Theatre Artists Residency, an NEA/TCG Residency, an Atlanta Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts, a Georgia Governor’s Award in the Arts, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Santa Barbara County Probation Department. Other recent plays include THE PHENOM; PLUMFIELD, IRAQ; LA NIÑERA: THE NURSEMAID; and KILLING SPIDERS. Her newest play, THE HEBBLES, deals with the effects of a mass shooting on one small American family.

Inside A SHAYNA MAIDEL with playwright Barbara Lebow

During the rehearsal process for A Shayna Maidel, dramaturg Deborah Blumenthal spoke with playwright Barbara Lebow about her process creating the play and its resonance in today's world. Learn more about the powerful play in her exclusive …

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