Literary Arts, Performing Arts
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Baltimore native Lola B. Pierson is a writer, playwright, and director. She is the co-founding artistic director of The Acme Corporation and the creator of Baltimore's Ten Minute Play Festival. Lola holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Playwriting from Bard College and a MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. She has been awarded "Best New Playwright" by the Baltimore City Paper and her production of Beckett's Play won "Best Production of the Year." In 2014 she was the recent recipient of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Ruby Award for Literary Arts, which she is using to complete a book of short stories entitles A Day By Yourself. The Baltimore City Paper awarded her the "Best of Baltimore" for her production of Peter Handke's Kaspar. Thr3e Zisters, her contemporary response of Chekhov's Three Sisters, was preformed at Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin, Texas and was awarded "Best Production (Comedy)" by the Austin Critics Table Awards. Her adaptation of Gertrude Stein's The World is Round, which she also directed, was the recipient of "Best Adaptation" and was named "Best Stage Production of the Year." The production as also listed as one of the "Top Stage Productions of the Year" by The Baltimore Sun. Most recently she was named a finalist for the Baker Artist Awards. She is passionate about intersection of language and presence and about using words like "intersection" in her bios. Other words she has used to describe her work in the past include explore, invigorate, probe, reframe, and contextualize.