Ira lawrence

IRA LAWRENCE GAMERMAN plays a haunted electric mandolin that belonged to his estranged grandmother. He debuted his ghostly atmospheric post-folk on "Elegant Freefall' ("#9 Best EP of 2015"- Independent Clauses), had a brush with soap opera stardom in the Philippines on his 2016 concept album "Mapagkawanggawa", and dealt with loss and political strife on 2017's distortedly dark sophomore album "Young & Paranoid". Along with a prolific self-recorded output, Ira played shows at Rockwood, Pianos, Bitter End, Mondo, and Cake Shop in his adopted home of New York. He has toured destinations as far flung as Manila, Melbourne, Miami, Nashville, Baltimore, and Ohio while sharing stages with Twilight Sad, Rachel Angel, Blue Oyster Cult, Red Fang, and Cee Knowledge of Digable Planets. He regularly plays live ambient music for Vinyasa at Daya Yoga in Bushwick. In summer of 2018, he released “CAMP FAMOUS” an album from his auto-tune pop alter-ego, Mr Sunglasses.

Ira’s plays have been performed at The Kennedy Center, Samuel French OOB, #Serials @ The Flea, Short & Sweet Sydney, Collaboraction (@ the Steppenwolf Garage), Source Festival, Single Carrot, The Australian Broadcast Corporation, The Chicago New Media Summit, and Great Plains Theater Conference (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. His immersive theater piece GHOST ROOM premiered at Chashama’s Art Is Everywhere Gala.

In summer of 2017, Ira 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. 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. Most recently, he was a roadie for Willie Mae Rock camp for Girls in New York.

Internationally, Ira is 1/4th of AustraliAmerican Theater Collective Everything Is Everywhere (2 Aussies 2 Americans 2 gals 2 dudes 2 goys 2 Jews 2 legit 2 quit) whose 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 Filmmakers Milica Zec (Sundance New Frontiers 2015) and Svetlana Cemin. 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’s theatrical work has been performed at The Kennedy Center, Samuel French OOB, #Serials @ The Flea, Chashama, Ensemble Studio Theater, Short & Sweet Sydney, Collaboraction (at 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 will be published in THE BEST 10 MINUTE PLAYS OF 2016 by Smith & Kraus. 

Ira holds an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University and a BA in theater from Towson University.

Below please find links to download PDFs of Ira's plays:

Click here to read Larry At The Gaza Strip Club

(2M 2F) Larry “Boo” Carey hates his body, but if he wants to keep his job behind the bar, he’ll have to bare all for Momma. 

Click here to read BILLY BITCHASS

 (1M 2F) A boy with no name runs away with a puppy who can’t understand sadness.

Click here to read Did This Matter?

(2M 1F) Robby is ready to kill himself. Can the special one-armed mystery guest change Robby's mind? 

Click here to read The Best Secret Santa Present Ever In The History Of Peckinpaw High School

(2M 1F) Holy Crap. Patrick just pulled Chrissy Summerfit for the Peckinpaw High School Secret Santa Holiday Gift Exchange! Like Chrissy Summerfit: the girl he's totally had a crush on for years. Like Chrissy Summerfit: the girl who is completely out of his league. Like Chrissy Summerfit: The girl he intends to take to the holiday dance! Will he woo her with the perfect gift or wind up dancing alone?

Click here to read The Queen Fairy & The Darkness

(2M 1F) When the "lighting elves" at The Peckinpaw Children's Players accidentally cut the lights in the middle of her show, Ms. Fairy must give the audience hope that the queen fairy is still alive... even though there is an abundance of evidence to the contrary.

Click here to read I'll Hear It When I See It

(2M) It's the day after the JFK/ Nixon debate and Tad's got a broken radio.

Click here for Ira's Playwriting resume

Listen to an audio version of Larry At The Gaza Strip Club, recorded and performed by Ira and featuring Marissa Wolf:

Read Ira's recent contributions to Howlround:

"Kill New Play Deniers": http://howlround.com/kill-new-play-deniers

"Playwrights On Podcasts": http://howlround.com/playwrights-on-podcasts