Lawrence's most recent play Bibo and Bertie will be presented in a workshop production at the Lab Theater Project in Tampa, Florida, from March 1-12, 2018. Lab Theater was awarded "Best New Theater" by Theatre Tampa Bay in 2017. Bibo and Bertie will also receive its world premiere by the Richardson Theatre Centre in North Dallas in 2018. Bibo was a Top 10 Finalist in the Stanley Drama Award and a 3rd place winner in the Writer's Digest Competition last year.
Duende: Recuerdos de Flamenco was chosen for a residency by the Good to Go Festival in 2016 and is currently slated for a staged reading by Good to Go in 2018 in New York. Duende finished in the Top 5 of the Julie Harris Award and will be workshopped at the National Winter Playwright Retreat in January of 2018.
Her latest project, a Big Ass Texas Musical called Yellow Rose: The Legend of Emily West, is currently in development with Texas composers Terry Langfitt and Paul Gandolfi. It is scheduled for a staged reading in May of 2018 in Dallas.
Lawrence's first play, Liberty, was the recipient of the Southern Playwrights’Award. As such, it was awarded a full production and went on to become a national finalist at the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center. It recently placed in the Top 3 of the Book Pipeline Award, out of 1,360 submissions. Lawrence is currently completing the screenplay for that project, to be represented by the Script Pipeline team.
Lawrence wrote six plays in the 1990s and enjoyed some early success, including winning a national comedy contest with her send-up of Elvis worship, The King and Me. In Dallas, she founded and served for many years as Executive Director of the Playwrights Project, a regional play development organization. In this capacity, she raised money to sponsor staged readings with professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs for 25 area playwrights, as well as fund an annual playwriting competition. She also established a lecture series for the group that brought in noted playwrights such as Edward Albee, Erik Ehn, and Suzan-Lori Parks. Lawrence is also the author of several nonfiction books and articles, including Entrepreneurship: Building the American Dream (West Educational Publishing, 1994) and 50 Great Business Ideas for Teens (Simon & Schuster/Arco, 1990 & 1997).
Three years ago, she embarked on an MFA program, Writing for Stage and Screen, at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts and graduated in January, 2016. During that time, she completed four full-length works: Yellow Rose, The Legend of Emily West; A More Perfect Union—an adaptation for the screen of her play Liberty; Duende:Recuerdos de Flamenco; and most recently Bibo & Bertie, a play about the last year in Albert Einstein’s life. Since graduation, she has been active once again in submitting her plays to theaters and contests.
In addition to her MFA, she holds a masters degree in international management. She has served in management positions at Rockwell International, Chestnut Petroleum and the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell. Her teaching experience includes posts in the MBA schools at the Universities of Iowa, Texas, and Hong Kong. She also holds significant nonprofit management experience, serving as Executive Director of the Texas Composers Forum, the Playwrights Project and then from 2004-2008, as head of Angel Flight, a social service agency providing free air transportation to patients requiring medical treatment away from home. During her tenure at Angel Flight, she tripled the revenue and personnel through community building throughout a seven-state region. Since 2008, she has operated her own independent marketing firm, serving clients in the insurance, legal, restaurant, medical and professional trades. In her spare time, she enjoys being a performing church musician and plays the pipe organ, piano and harp.