Leigh was the head writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT and is a member of Tectonic Theatre Project. She is an Emmy-nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of THE LARAMIE PROJECT for HBO, and a co-writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER. Her play, THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, has been performed under her direction at American Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory and Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area in 2005. Another original play, I THINK I LIKE GIRLS, premiered at Encore Theater in San Francisco under her direction and was voted one of the Top 10 plays of 2002 by The Advocate. Fondakowski is a 2007 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights and a 2009 Macdowell Colony Fellow. She was an Imagine Fund fellow and guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota in 2010 where she completed her play, CASA CUSHMAN, about 19th century American actress Charlotte Cushman. She recently co-directed THE LARAMIE CYCLE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Moisés Kaufman.

A conversation with Leigh Fondakowski

Writer/director Leigh Fondakowski (LF) shares reflections on the play and the process of creating it with Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP). (PJP) What first drew you to the story of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the BP …

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