Director of Isfahan (World Premiere)
Dr. Laura Hope is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Loyola University New Orleans, where she also the co-chair of the interdisciplinary minor in Women’s Studies, and serves as faculty for the interdisciplinary minors in African and African American Studies and Middle East Peace Studies. She has worked from coast to coast as director, dramaturg, and actor, and is a contributing dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theatre. Favorite directing projects include El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho, In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett at Loyola University, Blackbird by Adam Rapp at The Elm Theatre in New Orleans(four Big Easy Theatre Award nominations), and Show and Tell by Anthony Clarvoe at San Francisco’s Symmetry Theatre Company. Before relocating to New Orleans, she served as the Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater, and the Literary Manager and Festival Director for Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Since 2002, she has been an Artistic Associate with Golden Thread Productions, a San Francisco company dedicated to theatre about the Middle East. Ashgate Press will publish Dr. Hope’s book on dramaturgy entitled Feminism and Dramaturgy: The Road Less Traveled, co-written with Dr. Philippa Kelly, next year. In October 2013, she directed her edit of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, set in 1935.