Laura R. Zlatos

MA '16

Laura Zlatos

Laura Zlatos is an activist and award-winning playwright. She has participated in a number of campaigns to fight gender inequity and works to achieve gender parity in the theatre industry and beyond. Her research focuses on the performance of gender and violence in contemporary American culture. Using two complementary pathways of theatre and women in mixed martial arts, Laura's work explores the ways in which violence is enacted on and by women as a form of entertainment. Laura is the editorial assistant of TDR/The Drama Review and the resident playwright of the Exquisite Corpse Company, a female-driven theatre company that produces immersive, multidisciplinary work. 

Her plays have been produced at leading local, regional, and international theatre festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Faux/Real Festival of Arts in New Orleans. Additionally, her plays have been produced at some of the most prominent Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theaters in New York City, including The Signature Theatre, 59E59 Theatres, HERE Arts Center, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the League of Professional Women. 


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


Columbia University

Master of Fine Arts - Playwriting

New York, New York


New York University

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dramatic Writing, minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

New York, New York

Awards Received

B.F.A. with honors, NYU


Dean's Grant, NYU Tisch


Dean's Travel Grant, Columbia University


Writer's Digest Competition, winner


The Chameleon Theatre Circle's New Play Festival, winner


MFA Playwrights' Workshop at the Kennedy Center, finalist


Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, finalist