Ira lawrence

IRA LAWRENCE GAMERMAN plays a haunted electric mandolin that belonged to his estranged grandmother. His immersive theater piece GHOST ROOM will premier at Chashama’s Art Is Everywhere Gala in June of 2017. 

Ira’s theatrical work has been performed at The Kennedy Center, Samuel French OOB, #Serials @ The Flea, Ensemble Studio Theater, Short & Sweet Sydney, Collaboraction (@ the Steppenwolf Garage), F*It Club, Source Festival, Single Carrot, The Australian Broadcast Corporation, and The Chicago New Media Summit (among many other places around the globe). In 2006, City Paper voted Ira “Best Playwright Of Baltimore”. In 2009, Dated: A Cautionary Tale For Facebook Users was a New York Innovative Theater Award nominee for best short play.  Ira has received playwriting grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Chicago Union League. BILLY BITCHASS  is published in THE BEST 10 MINUTE PLAYS OF 2016 by Smith & Kraus.

In summer of 2017 Ira will lead a Music Ascension program- teaching songwriting and recording techniques to elementary through high school students at Indian Head Camp. Ira has taught undergraduate theater and writing classes at Ohio University and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.  He has also worked as a development associate at The Keswell School- helping children with Autism.  Ira has mentored Young Playwrights Festivals at Atlanta’s Horizon Theater and Baltimore’s Center Stage. In Manila, Ira taught theater games to impoverished youths with Project Pearls and lead workshops on musical writing at the Karnabal Festival.

Ira has shared the stage with Blue Oyster Cult, The Twilight Sad, and Cee Knowledge (Of Digable Planets).  Ira’s debut EP “Elegant Freefall” was voted Independent Clauses #9 Best EP of 2015. Ira shot the music video for “Jeremy Crackers” on a broken I-phone and edited it in a Baltimore hospital. It features a collection of Chicken memorabilia. His self recorded debut album “MAPAGKAWANGGAWA” received critical praise in 2016, and his new album “Young & Paranoid” will be out November 3rd 2017.

Internationally, Ira is 1/4th of AustraliAmerican Theater Collective Everything Everywhere  (2 Aussies 2 Americans 2 gals 2 dudes 2 goys 2 Jews 2 legit 2 quit) whose new performance "Everything Is Everywhere Lie To Your Face" made it's debut at the 2015 Karnabal Festival in the Philippines.

Ira’s podcast work has been produced by Radiotopia’s THE TRUTH where "Biological Clock" won a 2013 Mark Time Award and "Sweets For The Cheat" was a 2013 Audio Verse Awards finalist. Both episodes have been downloaded over 150,000 times.

Ira co-created, co-produces, and co-hosts DANGEROUSLY UNQUALIFIED: A PODCAST ABOUT LOVE (The original serialized Baltimore-centric podcast from Ira G and America's Favorite Amateur Dating Coach: Ryan Dowler).  

Ira holds a BA in Theater from Towson University, an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, and studied Devised theater at the (now defunct) Dartington College Of Art in the UK.  He has been a script consultant for Serbian Filmmaker Milica Zec (Sundance New Frontiers 2015). Ira has been published by Consequence Of Sound, High Times, Eleven Magazine, and Howlround. His work on The Wire remains his favorite acting gig to date.

 

IRA LAWRENCES HAUNTED MANDOLIN

"ELEGANT FREEFALL" 


A year after inheriting an electric mandolin from his estranged grandmother Sylvia, IRA LAWRENCES HAUNTED MANDOLIN is releasing ELEGANT FREEFALL six distorted folk songs full of oddly named characters and ghostly melodies. The album was recorded in one day at Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn, mastered by Joe Lambert (The National, Animal Collective, and The Antlers), and features photography from songwriter, Joel Michael Howard. 

NO SYNTHS
NO GUITARS
NO DRUMS
ONLY IRA LAWRENCES HAUNTED MANDOLIN

Ira has shared the stage with Classic Rockers Blue Oyster Cult, Scottish Shoegazers The Twilight Sad, Metalheads Red Fang, and Rapper Cee Knowledge (of Digable Planets).

Ira recently returned from touring The Philippines and Australia.  His debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA is on the way soon! 

Critical Praise for "Elegant Freefall"

"#9 Best EP of 2015"- Independent Clauses

"The Americana-tinged folk songs crafted by Ira Lawrence certainly sound embedded with the ghosts of eras past. It’s an electric mandolin played like an acoustic guitar, but with the spirit of a banjo and the reverb of a football stadium – deeply rooted in American folk but also somehow transcendent and worldly. He throws his voice wildly at approximations of notes, somehow slurred and articulate simultaneously. Ira Lawrences Haunted Mandolin is full of quirk and curiosity, with gentle platitudes and oddly named characters who seem to exist outside of time."- No Smoking Media

"Elegant Freefall by Ira Lawrences Haunted Mandolin is the rare 'constraint project' that can be appreciated without knowing what the rules were. These songs stand up on their own as hummable, admirable, thoughtful pieces. I’d recommend this to anyone, but I think it would be particularly relevant for those who are interested in the type of indie-rock that pushes the rules for the sake of wondering what’s out there past them. Highly recommended."- Independent Clauses

"Spectral, fuzzed-out folk"-ThrdCoast

Ira shot the music video for “Jeremy Crackers” on a broken I-phone and edited it in a Baltimore hospital. It features a collection of Chicken memorabilia.