Neil Labute (Playwright) received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London and also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab.
His films include: In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play by the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace, and Death at a Funeral.
LaBute’s plays include: bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig (Olivier Award Nominated for Best Comedy), Some Girl(s), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, In a Dark Dark House, reasons to be pretty (Tony Award Nominated for Best Play) and The Break of Noon. This spring, his play In A Forest, Dark And Deep will premiere on the West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.
“The 2013 festival was such a great success and having Neil in town was more than we could have hoped. All of playwrights, young and old, were inspired by him and the entire process. I hope the high school students will continue to write and I can’t wait to read this year’s submissions” says, William Roth, Founder and Producing Director of St. Louis Actors’ Studio.