Laley Lippard

Lecturer, PT

Laley Lippard (she/her) is a director, creative producer, and educator committed to championing anti-oppressive work across disciplines, developing new plays, and creating performances that disrupt injustice. Lippard has directed and collaborated with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Guthrie Theater, Round House Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, American Theater Company, Magic Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, Theater J, Virginia Stage Company, Solas Nua, among others. World Premiere directing projects include Matt Pelfry’s Pure Shock Value, Eric Coble’s These Mortal Hosts, and the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere of David Valdes’ The Mermaid Hour. Lippard has taught, workshopped, and directed at Stanford University, Northwestern University, Hampshire College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western Reserve MFA Acting program. Lippard was the co-founder and co-executive producer of The Chicago Home Theater Festival, a five-year city-wide artistic network and annual event that organized artists across form, local neighborhood leaders, activists, youth, and other invested neighbors to celebrate neighborhood culture, share a communal meal, experience transformative art, build intentional community across lines of difference, and inspire direct action. Other producing work includes Z/Magic Mondays at Magic Theatre as Artistic Associate and with The Welders as Interim Creative Producer. During the quarantine, Lippard developed, curated and produced over 30 events with Mosaic Theater Company including Creative Conversations, Peace Cafes, and more with local and international scholars, artists, community leaders, and change-makers. Lippard is a member of the National Directors Fellowship, a partnership between the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, National New Plays Network, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and The Kennedy Center; a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; an associate member of the SDC, and holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.