Lisa Schlesinger is an international playwright and theatre artist/activist. Her awards include two CEC Artslink International grants, the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award, the BBC International Playwriting Competition, and a nomination for a USA Artist Fellowship. Her work has been produced in the U.S. and internationally. Her plays and essays have been published in American Theatre, Performing Arts Journal, Theater, Best Monologues for Women by Women II, Out of Silence, the American Theatre Reader and the New York Times. She teaches at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is director of undergraduate playwriting at the University of Iowa.