Philadelphia, PA

L M Feldman

she, they, any
L M Feldman (they/she/any) is a queer, feminist, GNC playwright who writes theatrically audacious, physically kinetic, ensemble-driven plays that are both epic & intimate – usually about outsiders, often about searchers, always about the human connection. Plays that shift the prism, that quest & grapple. Plays about the women and queers she finds in the shadows & footnotes & margins of history. Plays wrestling with voice & agency, opportunity & access, history & its wake. Plays that explode space & time & dramaturgical form. Plays that seek to create a truly COMMUNAL & TRANSCENDENT experience – for those both onstage and off.

So far, L’s body of work includes: S P A C E (Central Square Theater, MACH 33 Festival, First Light Festival, EST/Sloan commission, Playwrights’ Center, Drama League, Fresh Ground Pepper); HAND FOOT HAND (O’Neill Finalist, Playwrights Realm); [UNTITLED CIRCUS SCHOOL PLAY] (Emerson Stage); THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL [AN EPIC] (Jane Chambers Award finalist, American Shakespeare Center, Kitchen Dog New Works Festival, New Georges Audrey Residency, Page 73 Residency, InterAct Core Playwrights); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (City Theater Company + Curious Theatre + The Vortex; Colorado New Play Festival, FEWW Prize Honorable Mention, Magic Theatre Play Festival, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, PlayPenn Conference, Playwrights Realm Fellowship); SCRIBE, OR THE SISTERS MILTON, OR ELEGY FOR THE UNWRITTEN (Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival, Playwrights’ Center, Northwoods Ramah Theatre commission); THE EGG-LAYERS (Jane Chambers Honorable Mention, New Georges/Barnard College commission); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award Nomination, Barrymore Nomination); A PEOPLE [A MOSAIC PLAY] (Methuen Drama, Global Jewish Voices, Terrence McNally Award Finalist, Orbiter 3, YiddishFest, Jewish Plays Project, Tofte Lake Center); and a TYA play called TROPICAL SECRETS, OR ALL THE FLUTES IN THE SEA, based on the poem-novel by Margarita Engle (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Kindness Project commission).

Some of L’s ensemble-devised works include: GUMSHOE (New Paradise Labs + the Free Library of Philadelphia + the Rosenbach Museum); WAR OF THE WORLDS: PHILADELPHIA (Swim Pony + Drexel University); AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY, OR A FOOD ODYSSEY (The Invisible Dog, New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination); LADY M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival); and the circus-theater show TINDER & ASH (SummerStage NYC, Orchard Project Residency, TOHU Residency).

A finalist for the FEWW Prize and the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama, L's work has also been nominated for the Herb Alpert Award, Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Barrie & Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, and twice for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, among others. They couldn't be more grateful for the validation each of these has offered.

L is also ongoingly thankful to have been a fellow at MacDowell, the Playwrights Realm, New Georges, InterAct Theatre, and the Dramatists Guild; a winner of Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries; a member of Orbiter 3 (Philadelphia’s producing-playwrights collective); an alum of both the Yale School of Drama (M.F.A. in playwriting) and the New England Center for Circus Arts (major in duo trapeze, minor in handbalancing); and a thought partner with the 2022-2023 Artistic Caucus (Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Long Wharf, & St. Louis Rep).

As a contemporary circus artist, L performed duo trapeze at festivals around the world. They continue to teach, coach, and dramaturg for circus artists around the country. L is passionate about theater that MOVES, and circus that DELVES.

L has lived in seven cities and is based in Philadelphia, where they write, devise, collaborate, advocate, teach (all over the place), and handstand (also all over the place). And they are over the goshdarn moon to be a Venturous Playwright Fellow through The Playwrights’ Center.

Instagram: @elemfeld

Agent information

Representation: Beth Blickers/IAG