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Laura Turner

Laura Turner Laura Turner is a second year M.F.A. candidate in Playwriting at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas (UNLV) where she is also a part-time instructor of theatre and play structure. She started writing plays in 2003 as a sophomore at Sewanee: the University of the South in Tennessee. For a year and a half she studied with playwright Dan O´Brien, learning and loving the craft. One of her first plays, Seeing Red, received a full production at Sewanee in 2004. After her graduation, she returned to Sewanee for the Sewanee Writers´ Conference in summer 2005 as a Sewanee Scholar and worked with playwrights Romulus Linney and Daisy Foote. Turner´s play Listen has received two staged readings, and her ten-minute play Trust was produced at UNLV´s Ten- Minute Festival in February 2007. Her one-act play The Dying House was accepted for presentation at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, in the summer of 2006. Also that summer, she was accepted into the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive in Washington, D. C., with playwright and teacher Gary Garrison. Her ten-minute play Swallowed was produced in January 2007 as part of the UNLV Ten-Minute Festival, and her full-length play Take Me to Monaco will premiere as a part of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre Playwrights´ Festival in spring 2008. She loves to attend conferences like the Great Plains Theatre Conference not only to have her own work read and responded to, but also to hear the work of her peers and make new friends.