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Laurie James - actor/writer
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ACTOR RÉSUMÉ
STAGE
Role Play Theatre
Margaret Fuller Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller
Original solo drama
Burbage Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
13th St. Repertory Theatre, NYC
Royal Scots Theater, Edinburgh, Scotland
Tour/Great Plains Chautauqua Society
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and
Matilda Joslyn Gage
Winter Wheat
Original solo drama
Tour/NY, NJ, VA, MD, CA, OR, NC, SC and TN
Mary Haskel, lead Gibran (Kahlil Gibran) Washington Square Theatre/NYC
Medea, older woman lead Paradox 13th St. Repertory Theatre Co./NYC
Xanthippe, a solo lead (wife of Socrates) Xanthippe! New York colleges
The Wife, a solo lead The Yellow Wallpaper
Original adaptation of the short story
New York & Utah colleges
Frances Wright, Angelina Grimke, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and others Roots of Rebellion
Original solo docu-drama
New York colleges
Edna St. Vincent Millay, a solo lead  
 
Edna St. Vincent Millay Reading
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Maine colleges
TV/FILM/RADIO
Judge Duheny, featured guest star Trial By Jury with Raymond Burr Nationally Syndicated TV courtroom drama
Margaret Fuller, solo lead Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller BBC/Scotland
Cambridge Forum, MA
Nationally distributed PBS
All roles (see stage credits) Roots of Rebellion WBAI/New York and colleges
GRANTS
The Margaret Fuller Award, Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
The Fund for Unitarian Universalism
New York State Council on the Arts; New York Foundation for the Arts
National Endowment on the Humanities (The Great Plains Chautauqua Society)
Humanities Councils in NY, MA, ME, PA, WI
Maine Women Writer's Collection
Wantagh Cultural Arts Program/Nassau County Office of Cultural Development
HONORS
See below under Writer’s Resume.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Lee Strasberg; Herbert Berghoff; The American Academy of Dramatic Arts; N.Y. University Writing Center; Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
SPECIAL SKILLS/ADDITIONAL INFO
Playwright/Author (see Writer’s Resume); Conference Keynoter; Researcher, 19th century and women’s studies.
Member of The Dramatists Guild; The Actors Studio P/D Unit; American Renaissance Theater
Licensed driver. Swimmer. Child model: Wonder Bread; Department store Model.
Mother: 5 children.
Height: 5' 4"  •  Weight: 160 lbs.  •  Eyes: Blue/Grey  •  Hair: Light Brown
AUTHOR RÉSUMÉ
Featured in Feminists Who Changed America – 1963-1975 – new biographical directory.
University of Illinois Press; Barbara J. Love. editor; Foreword by Nancy F. Cott
PLAYS
A Medley for Margaret Fuller – Dramatically staged presentation with 8 actors as Margaret Fuller, a celebration of The Margaret Fuller 2010 Bicentennial
Celebration, CUNY Graduate Center, New York.
Numb Is A Freezing Point – 2-act drama, unoptioned. Explores issues concerning caregiving.
Readings: The Actor’s Studio, The 42nd Street Workshop.
Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller – Solo drama based on Fuller's journals, letters, articles and books.
2 years in repertory at The 13th Street Theatre, New York City.
10 weeks at The Burbage Theatre, Los Angeles.
Tours in theatres, colleges, libraries, and conference sites throughout United States, Mexico, Hong Kong, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving critical acclaim. Toured with The Great Plains Chautauqua Society. Five Grants (See below). Shown on BBC in Edinburgh, Scotland, Cambridge Forum and Cambridge TV in Massachusetts, and recorded on Nebraska radio.
O Excellent Friend! – Based on letters and writings of Margaret Fuller & Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Produced: Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, Brunswick, Maine.
Staged Readings: Pen and Brush, Inc.; Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble's "Word/Play" Festival, New York.
Gotta Learn the Rule – A Hell’s Kitchen 18 year-old Italian gang member who must chose between his 2 week-old son and going to war.
Produced at The Producer’s Club, New York City.
Look Who’s On Third! – Docudrama, history, issues and attitudes of women in sports, over 30 characters.
Currently featured online for sale for public performance at Women’s Sports Foundation website.
Produced at The Community Church of New York & Garden City UU Church, New York.
Roots of Rebellion – Docudrama, about first American women to speak on public platforms.
Featured on WBAI; Francis Tavern Museum in New York; Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Quebec, Canada.
Toured Long Island colleges.
Stones Turned - Six wise, elderly women tell forgotten stories of violence and hate that occurred in ancient Rome.
Produced at New York Fringe Festival.
Sliding Home! – Docudrama, current issues about women in sports, over 60 characters.
Produced at The Community Church of New York.
Flutterby - 2-act drama, a work-in-progress. Based on the life of Florine Stettheimer and family and friends during America’s first avant guard, 1915 – 1940.
Readings: American Renaissance Theater; 42nd St. Workshop.
BOOKS  [click to order]
How I Got to Harvard, Off and On Stage with Margaret Fuller – Humorous and outrageous adventures in staging a solo drama on Margaret Fuller.
Outrageous Questions, Legacy of Bronson Alcott and America's One-Room Schools – Compares Alcott's innovative teaching with traditional methods; challenges readers to answer same questions Alcott asked students in 1836.
Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller – Biography of Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson and their Transcendental Circle of Friends.
The Wit and Wisdom of Margaret Fuller Ossoli – Quotes and excerpts from Fuller’s writings.
Why Margaret Fuller Ossoli Is Forgotten – A True Account, typical of how famous women are left out of history.
All above published by Golden Heritage Press, Inc.
Discovery, Adventure and guidebooks for adult leaders, published by Camp Fire Girls, Inc.
ARTICLES AND ADDRESSES
Women's Themes in Plays Today, UU Woman's Association, New York
Emerson’s Circle of Women, The Journal of Unitarian Universalist History.
I, Margaret Fuller, UUWF Triennial; Delta Kappa Gamma Keynote Address, NY State Convention.
Quips, Gibes, Excoriations, Stones, and Mud that Fuel the Superiority of Margaret Fuller, Pen and Brush.
Bringing Margaret Fuller to the Public, American Literature Assn.
The Geniuses of the Dial Magazine, Small Press Newsletter.
The Grassroots Experience, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY
Life of Women in the 19th Century, Swedenborg Library, Boston and New York.
Italian Letters of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, American-Italian Historical Assn. Conf., Oneonta, NY.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Small Press Newsletter.
Mankind Beats with One Great Heart, The Great Plains Chautauqua Companion Reader.
I Shall Never Reach The Shore, Fire Island Light.
Risking the Edinburgh Fringe, Woman In Performance Journal.
Private Life of Margaret Fuller, American Historical Association Symposium.
GRANTS
The Margaret Fuller Award, Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
The Fund for Unitarian Universalism
National Endowment for the Humanities/North Dakota Humanities
New York Foundation for the Arts
Councils on the Humanities in NY, MA, ME, PA, WI
Wantagh Cultural Arts Program/Nassau County Office of Cultural Development, Long Island, NY
Maine Women Writer's Collection
AWARDS
1st prize, Playwrights Contest, Pen and Brush, Inc. – O Excellent Friend!
1st prize, Non-Fiction Contest, Pen and Brush, Inc. – Private Life of Margaret Fuller
2nd prize, Non-Fiction Contest, Pen and Brush, Inc. – Quips, Gibes, Excoriations, Stones, and Mud that Fuel the Superiority of Margaret Fuller
Finalist, CollaborAction Playwright’s Contest, Chicago, IL – Gotta Learn the Rule
Distinguished Alumni Award – Lewis & Clark College
Honorary Black Belt Award for Woman's Achievement (first woman recipient), Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Association, Naha, Okinawa
EDUCATION
New York University Writing Center; Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
Lee Strasberg; Herbert Berghoff; The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY
MEMBERSHIPS
The Dramatists Guild; Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit; The League of Professional Theatre Women.
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