Queen’s University Belfast (Creative Writing) Scholar Award - Theater Arts
Laura Ferri is an award-winning theatre artist from Seattle, Washington who specializes in the creation of performance pieces derived from oral histories. Her play “Crates of Thunder” explored WWII through the lens of the B-17, touring internationally to critical acclaim which resulted in an invitation by the Imperial War Museum to perform in Duxford, England. The success of that production was the inspiration for her Fulbright project at Queen’s where she plans to research, write and direct a play on the impact of the American military on the Northern Irish community during WWII. Most recently, Laura has further explored the war by writing and directing “Friends Across the Wires,” concerning the American Incarceration of the Japanese and “The Ruins of Memory: Women’s Voices of the Holocaust.” A strong advocate for accessibility, Laura has created productions with the Blind. An expert bread baker, she is excited to see how her sourdough starter will react to life in Northern Ireland.