Laura A. Thomas

Laura A. Thomas, a playwright as well as a director and actor, is a native Rochesterian with a lifelong love of theatre. Laura most recently took part in Geva’s Campfire Ghost Story event in autumn 2020. Prior to that, Laura took part in the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival in the city’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA), where she directed three plays by veteran and novice playwrights for the Rochester Fringe’s Word on the Street Theater, an inaugural interactive NOTA festival of music, drama and dance on Merriman Street in Rochester. Laura wrote two short theatrical pieces: The Juke and Miss Disco, respectively, for the 2018 and 2019 Festival of New Theatre’s Bake-Off at Geva Theatre Center. Other credits include acting, directing and writing a number of plays each year since 2008 for the MMB Theatre 1 Project’s Sankofa Theatre Festival, founded by Curtis Rivers, which annually showcases the works of African American playwrights. She is also a proud member of MMB Theatre 1 Project’s Playwrights/Directors In Residence Project. As a member of MPAC {theatre } + {nafsi}, a Black theatre company founded by Reuben J. Tapp, Laura has also had her plays featured in the annual Bronze Collective Theatre Festival. Laura would like to thank Geva Theatre Center for the opportunity to be a part of the Tenacious Women project.