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 soon.

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 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 is a down-on-his luck dude who just wants to fall in love. Ryan is an amateur relationship coach with no actual credentials but thinks he can solve Ira's romance troubles...but only if Ira surrenders complete and total control of his dating life.

You've judged Ryan's credentials.  Now let the assessment begin. 

Class is in session! In Episode 3, Ryan teaches Ira about being the perfect man, welcomes him to the 5'9"ers Club, and reveals his rewritten dating profile that has all the girls excited.

Why is fashion very, very, very important? Find out this week in Episode 4 when Ira takes a quiz to discover what pants to wear to the gym, why condoms are accessories, and when it’s appropriate to shop high.

Part two of the Fashion Episode, tempers flair when Ryan and Ira leave the studio and head over to 5th Avenue on an instructive all-day shopping adventure. 

Ryan gets more than he bargained for when he interviews Ira's outspoken mother about her son's dating history. How did Ira lose his virginity? Does he wear tight pants to show off his package? Find out in Episode 6.

In Episode 7, Ryan teaches Ira a foolproof method for meeting strangers on the train and possibly having sex with them. Will the lesson be enough when Ira faces this week's terrifying challenge?  

Ira makes some strong impressions in episode 8 and occasionally comes across as a "sex pervert," when he uses Ryan's Kevin Spacey One-and-Done method to approach fourteen attractive strangers. In the words of Ryan Dowler/Stephen Baldwin (Tuff Hedeman) Ira, "Cowboy up!"

Ira and Ryan go to jail.

Ira returns after leaving Ryan for Tinder.  Ryan meets more of Ira's relatives as he sets out to liberate him from viewing the world through his harmful "Tinder glasses" and solve the mystery of "The Man Who Couldn't Get a Second Date."

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

Adam and Allie would do anything to have a baby.

Two shock jocks make a big morning mess.