School of Communication

Laura Schellhardt

Department of Theatre

Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer
Theatre and Interpretation Center
1949 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Laura Schellhardt is a playwright and adaptor. Her original works include Upright Grand, Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys (Jeff Award Nominee), The Apothecary's Daughter, How to Remove Blood From a Carpet, The K of D (Jeff Award Nominee, 2010 NYC Fringe Festival Best New Play Award), Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit (Jeff Award Nominee), and Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Schellhardt is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, The Kennedy Center's New Voices/New Visions Festival, The Bonderman TYA Symposium, and the O'Neill National Playwright’s Festival. She received her graduate degree from Brown University, under the tutelage of Paula Vogel. Schellhardt oversees the undergraduate playwriting initiative in the Department of Theatre.


MFA Playwriting, Brown University
BA Northwestern University

Awards and Grants

2013 Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lectureship
2011 Distinguished Play Award - AATE Conference
2010 New Play Award - NYC Fringe
2008-2009 The Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship
2007-2008 TCG National Playwriting Residency
2007-2008 Jerome Playwriting Fellowship
2006 New Voices/New Visions, The Kennedy Center