is a screenwriter, playwright and producer.
As a screenwriter, she is best known for four seasons as a writer/producer on the Netflix drama House of Cards for which she received an Emmy Nomination for Drama Series and a WGA Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. Her feature film debut, Blue Night, developed, produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2018.
As a playwright, her more than twenty produced plays and adaptations include the international hit Sex with Strangers. The play has been one of the most produced in the U.S. (and Laura one of the most produced playwrights) according to American Theatre Magazine. Her celebrated adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days recently finished a run in London followed by an 18 city UK tour and will be a part of the 2018/2019 season at the New Victory Theatre in NYC. Her work has been seen internationally in England, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and Finland.
Laura is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago (2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Television Academy, WGAE, AEA, SAG, SDC and ASCAP and an alumna of Northwestern University, the Piven Theatre Workshop and WP Playwrights Lab. A fourth generation Chicagoan, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Erik Lochtefeld, and their daughter.