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Laura Cuetara entered professional theater at the age of eight when she was cast in Ibsen’s "Enemy of the People" for a State Department Goodwill Tour to India, and perhaps as a result, has developed an abiding sense of the ironic.
Cuetara received an MFA in Directing from Boston University, where her studies with Alan Schneider, Zelda Fichandler, and Maxine Klein led her to work in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Since joining the theater faculty at the University of Colorado Denver in 1977, Cuetara has directed and designed more than 80 plays in the region as well as developed five new plays for production for off and off-off Broadway. Her recent work has centered on the collaborative creation of performance works that explore the theatrical dynamics of language, image, and movement. Her process of blending literary, historical and ensemble based texts is adapted from the RSVP cycle and reflects the influence of Robert Lepage with whom she worked during the development of his award winning play, "Needles and Opium."
Among the most notable of her original works that serve as foundation for this project are "The Last Time I Saw Julian," "The Piranesi Project," "Converging Gazes", and "Bitten By A Snake," a play based on the Civil War writings of Ambrose Bierce which Cuetara developed for the discovery/dimensions series at CITYSTAGE ENSEMBLE in Denver.