Laley Lippard (DIRECTOR) is committed to championing new work and developing new plays. She is the co-founding executive producer and director of the Chicago Home Theater Festival, which is a city-wide event that aims to curate performances and conversations that directly disrupt injustice. Laley recently directed the world premiere of Eric Coble’s THESE MORTAL HOSTS at Cleveland Play House and is in pre-production for the rolling world premiere of THE MERMAID HOUR at ATC. Her work has been seen at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), Magic Theatre (365 DAYS/PLAYS and CRYSTAL CHRISTIAN), foolsFURY Theater (BIG LOVE), Seaside Repertory Theater (PROOF and ART) and Virginia Stage Company (GROUNDED), including the world premiere of PURE SHOCK VALUE at EXIT Theatre and her original adaptation of MACBETH at the side project. She has workshopped plays with Alliance Theatre, O'Neill Theater Center, Remmy Bumppo, Playwright's Foundation, Magic Theater, Just Theatre and she has collaborated with HowlRound and the AVNPI at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Laley is a proud member of the National Directors Fellowship, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University.