Leigh Fondakowski is a playwright, screenwriter, author and director. She was the head writer of The Laramie Project, a co-writer of Laramie: Ten Years Later, and an Emmy nominated co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of Laramie with HBO Films.
Her other original plays include I Think I Like Girls, The People’s Temple, and Spill. She is the author of the non-fiction book, Stories from Jonestown, and is currently adapting the book to film.
Leigh’s work has been developed and produced around the country, including American Theater Company, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denver Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Guthrie, Hartford Stage, HERE Arts Center, New Georges, Perseverance Theatre, Swine Palace and TimeLine Theatre.
As a director, Leigh has worked with playwrights Stephen Belber, Zina Camblin, Colman Domingo, Laura Eason, Julia Jordan, Moises Kaufman, Lisa Ramirez, Ellen Gordon Reeves and Bennett Singer.
Leigh is the recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, a Macdowell Colony Fellow, a Sundance Theatre Lab resident artist, A New Georges Audrey resident, and a Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and lectures across the country, and is a Visiting Artist at Naropa University and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She is a member of Tectonic Theater Project.
Her latest play in development is Casa Cushman based on the life of 19th century American actress, Charlotte Cushman and her circle of female friends and lovers.