Friends @ Home Author Webinar | Playwright Lauren Gunderson in Conversation with Mary Ellen Hunt

December 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Slate | Lauren Gunderson
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Join us for a new innovation in our Friends @ Home series: A conversation with Lauren Gunderson, a theatre professional, who will be joined in conversation with Mary Ellen Hunt.

Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list twice including 2019/20. A recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company, she studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her newest play, The Catastrophist, about her husband virologist Nathan Wolfe, premiered digitally in January 2021. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her audio play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit, Pursued By a Bear; The Taming; and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer; Natural Shocks; The Wickhams; and Miss Bennet), and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart, and Joss Stone, and Kait Kerrigan and Bree Lowdermilk. Her film work includes Pixar and Netflix animated films. Her newest play Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley, co-written with Margot Melcon, premieres this November at Marin Theatre Company. Read more about Lauren at

Many will recall Mary Ellen Hunt’s excellent conversation with George Takei for our Friends @ Home Series earlier this year. A former dancer, now educator, Mary Ellen Hunt has written about dance, the arts, and the cultural scene of the Bay Area for the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, KALW Radio, KQED, and Diablo Magazine.