Women Playwrights of Diversity: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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( 1963- )


Born to film producer parents, Landau lived in Riverdale, a New York City suburb, until she was fourteen. Her family then moved to Beverly Hills, California, where she completed high school at Beverly Hills High. Landau returned east to attend Yale University and, after she graduated, she moved to New York City where she worked at the usual variety of rent-paying jobs (waitressing and telephone sales) and some not so usual (screen writing: authoring the script for Friday the 13th, Part Five). She returned to school for graduate work at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University where she was the first student to direct a professional production. Noted more as a director than as a writer, Landau most often does both: writing or adapting and directing, usually in collaboration with a composer. Inspired by Anne Bogart as a student, Landau has developed a unique style of ensemble-created texts with herself as primary writer. She and Bogart have worked together, as well, on such pieces as American Music for the Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL) in Louisville, Kentucky, and American Vaudeville for the Alley Theatre, in Houston, Texas. While Landau's choice of subjects is eclectic, ranging from the American Revolution to adaptations of Dickens A Christmas Carol and the plays of Anton Chekhov, several of her works that she has written and directed have had homosexual themes, notably 1969, a commissioned piece for ATL, and Stonewall: Night Variations for En Garde Arts to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall riots.


Landau credits everyone from the actors to the production assistants for their contributions of "ideas, images, staging" to the production of 1969, created in


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