Lori FISCHER is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Lori received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008 and she received her B.A. degree from Belmont University. Recent Theater Credits: Lori and co-writer Don Chaffer’s musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers produced at Capital Repertory Theatre summer 2013. She is the author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse and finally Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre. Published by Samuel French, Barbara’s Blue Kitchen had a successful run in 2015 at The Cumberland County Playhouse. Other recent credits: Is This Heaven, Evan by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced in the BeSpoke Musicals Festival at The York Theatre Company, NYC. Petie by Lori Fischer produced at the Duke Energy Theatre by Starving Artist Productions, 2013. In 2010 her musical The Water Knows My Name was produced at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and her one-act The Burning was produced in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2011, her play Thoughts of Rome was produced by the Georgetown Theatre Company in the Capitol Fringe Festival. Lori’s work has been seen at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Stonestreet Film Festival, the RipFest Film Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Adirondack Theatre Festival. Film Credits: Lori is a 2014 Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding achievement in Screenwriting for her feature film Chasing Taste. Chasing Taste was also the Feature Comedy Award Winner at the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival as well as at the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and an official selection at the 2014 Visionfest Film Festival, the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival, 2015 Seoul International Food Film Festival, 2015 New Filmmakers NYC. Lori’s short film Dottie’s Thanksgiving Pickle starring Olympia Dukakis, Nancy Opel and Joey Collins was recently featured in the Hollywood Shorts Festival and was an official selection for the New Jersey International Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, the Buffalo Niagara Film festival and the Long Island International Film Expo and the Appalachian International Film Festival. As an actress, Ms. Fischer created the Off-Broadway role of Barbara Jean in her show Barbara’s Blue Kitchen and Lee in the hit musical Cowgirls. She’s also performed at: SoHo Playhouse, Theatre for a New City, Dixon Place, E.S.T., The Old Globe Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Playmakers Rep. and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Most recently, Lori performed the role of Junie in her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Capital Repertory Theatre, Bonnie in her play Petie at the Duke Energy Theatre, Elmadora in the musical Son of a Gun at the Beckett Theatre, NYC and Mindy in Eduardo Machado’s play Worship at Theater for the New City, NYC. She’s also appeared in the films Welcome to the World and Chasing Taste. A two-time All American in Track and Field, she has sung the National Anthem for the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds. Currently, Lori teaches “Writing Great Characters” and “Getting into the Writing Habit” at NYU SPS. For more information about Lori go to www.lorifischer.net
Name: Lori Fischer
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Singer and Songwriter
Film (short) by Sean Gannet (Comedy) Writer One is an overtly sexual poetess who lacks healthy boundaries. The other is an uptight, repressed poet obsessed with his grandmother. The Poets is a short comedy about two poetry students brought together by a homework assignment.
Film by Sean Gannet (Comedy) Writer, Actress, Producer Down-and-out writer Chase Guidry is transformed overnight into NYC's next big food critic before a freak accident robs him of his senses of taste and smell. Now he must rely on a team of super "smellers" and tasters to fake his reviews. Riding his lie for as long as it will carry him, Chase is bound for a collapse of epic proportion. Written by Anonymous
Stuck in the In-Between
Film (short) by Matt Glasson (Musical) Writer A short musical drama about a Brooklyn cocktail waitress (Pamela Sabaugh) who is confronted with the life-altering realization that her vision is rapidly deteriorating and she may be going blind.
Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle
Film (short) by Sean Gannet (Comedy) Writer Against her mother-in-law's wishes and her husband's preference, Dottie, a woman with questionable cooking talent, determines to take on Thanksgiving dinner. And although the frozen turkey (which she's named Pickle) remains uncooperative, in the end, unforgettable tastes are tasted and new culinary allegiances are forged between Dottie and her husband Dale. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Dakkan Abbe (Drama) Writer, Casting department A husband and wife struggle to reconnect while attending a marriage retreat for military couples.
Welcome to the World
Film (short) by Rene Penaloza Galvan Actress Welcome to the World is a personal immigrant story about a father and a son reunited in New York City after ten years of separation. Shot entirely in Brooklyn with non-professional actors, the film follows them in their first day together: a breakfast in a typical American diner, a late visit to a Mexican tacos bar, and the first night in the father's apartment. Each location expresses the boundaries between Mexican and American culture, but also the nostalgia that entails the immigrant experience. While the father believes his son will follow his steps in becoming a taxi driver, the young man distantly observes his new world and a father that seems a stranger after so many years. A personal and moving insight into the struggles between a boy and his lost father as they attempt to carry on their displaced lives. Written by Pilar Rico
Film (short) by Sandra Beltrao (Drama) Writer
New York University (New York, NY)