OM LAURA ZAM
Laura Zam is a writer, performer, educator and speaker whose work focuses on the aftermath of abuse, healthy sexuality, and human potential. Her essays/articles appear in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, and a host of publications in the U.S. and abroad. Her writing also appears in seven book anthologies.
As a performer, Laura has created seven one-person plays, which she has presented Off-Broadway, internationally (most recently, Prague), and at venues around the United States, including The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, The National Press Club, and The National Theatre.
As a speaker, Laura has presented lecture-performances at museums, conferences, universities, and organizations throughout the States. Her public talks are their own genre; a mixture of PowerPoint, comedy, storytelling, dialogue, and excerpts from her award-winning one-person plays.
As an arts-educator, Laura has used storytelling as a modality for healing and empowerment. She’s worked with conflict zone teenagers from Bosnia, Cyprus, and all over the Middle East. She’s also created workshops for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; sexual trauma survivors; urban youth; teachers; and the general public.
Awards: Tennessee Williams Fellowship, Artist Fellowship (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities), Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, a grant from the Soros Foundation, and two grants from the Danish Arts Foundation; the latter is currently funding a multi-prong collaboration with Teater Katapult of Aarhus. Laura has a B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she studied with Pulitzer Prize winners Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz.