Lawrence's most recent play Bibo and Bertie will be presented in the upcoming ZOOM Public Potentials Internet Reading Series in San Antonio as a staged reading. Date, time TBA. Bibo has also been chosen for the upcoming Middletown Arts Center in NJ season when productions resume.
Duende: Recuerdos de Flamenco was chosen for a residency by the Good to Go Festival and the National Winter Playwrights Retreat. An upcoming production at Lab Theatre in Tampa Bay has been postponed. Lab Theater was awarded "Best New Theater" by Theatre Tampa Bay in 2017.
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 recently was awarded a major development grant by the City of 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, as well as in the Screencraft Competition, Stageplay Division. Lawrence is currently completing the screenplay for that project.
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).
Lawrence completed her MFA, Writing for Stage and Screen, at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts 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.
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. In her spare time, she enjoys being a performing church musician and plays the pipe organ, piano and harp.