Jessy Lauren Smith is a Chicago-based writer, educator, producer, storyteller, and claymation enthusiast whose plays have been produced in Chicago, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Texas. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Ragdale Foundation and Blast Theory and a finalist or semi-finalist for honors including the Heideman Award, the Ingram New Works Lab, Stage Left’s Playwright Residency, the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference, and The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting through Embarc Chicago and Northwestern University (where she received her MFA), and has told stories at places like 2nd Story, Story Lab, the Annoyance, and Tony’s house. Jessy is a founding member of LRP, a playwright-driven collective that writes plays for unusual spaces and throws great parties. You can find her on Twitter as @fareforward.