Talent Guide

Laura Somers

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Project Involve 2009


Laura Somers holds a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied Screenwriting through UCLA’s Professional Program. Having directed approximately 30 plays and films to date, Laura’s productions have been declared by American Theater magazine as “hot and hip” and have been sponsored by IBM and the City of Austin. Her short films, including Las Perdidas (The Lost Ones), continue to play festivals worldwide.

More recently, Laura wrote and is set to direct Mandoula, a comedy about a middle-aged slacker who becomes a birth coach for men. She is also writing The Gypsy Chain, a revenge story set in the redwood forest.

Laura recently completed Love 10:1, a vignette feature directed and written by three women (Somers being the third) about the highs and lows in the search for ‘The One’. It is produced by Good Karma Films.

In 2008, Laura was commissioned by UCLA Medical Center to create Finding P.E.A.C.E., an educational film for cancer patients undergoing esophageal surgery. It is currently being screened at medical conferences and in the homes of patients nationwide, and was a finalist for the 2009 International Health and Media Awards.

Laura has been a guest director and lecturer at Austin Community College. Between 1999 and 2003, she was Co-Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed, award-winning theater company the dirigo group in Austin, Texas. She lives in Los Angeles.



Current Project

Mandoula (Narrative Feature)


A comedy about a middle-aged slacker who becomes a birth coach for men.