Laley Lippard is a freelance director committed to championing new work and developing new plays. She is the co-executive producer of the Chicago Home Theater Festival, which aims to provide a platform for artistic exchange within neighborhoods that have experienced systemic disinvestment; center access and accessibility by featuring new work by and about artists of color, women and femmes, LGBTQ folks, and artists with disabilities; and curate performances and conversations that directly disrupt injustice. Laley is currently the inaugural Directing Fellow at Cleveland Play House under mentorship of artistic director Laura Kepley. Her work has been seen at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage, Magic Theatre, foolsFURY Theater, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Seaside Repertory Theater, and Virginia Stage Company, including the world premiere of Matt Pelfry's Pure Shock Value at Exit Theatre and her original adaptation of Macbeth at the side project. As an artistic associate at Magic Theatre, Laley produced and directed for the theatre's new play workshop ZMagic and lead the playwright's forum Sevenx7. She has served on literary panels at Steppenwolf Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Magic Theatre, and TheatreWorks and has workshopped plays with Alliance Theatre, American Theater Company, Just Theatre, and The Garage. Laley has worked with HowlRound and the AVNPI at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Laley is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and SDC Directing Observership Program. She holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University.