Caroline Reddick Lawson is a Founder and Artistic Director of Nora’s Playhouse. After teaching high school theatre for years in Alabama and in NYC, she retired from teaching at the Booker T. Washington Magnet School for the Arts in Montgomery, Alabama. From 2008-2010, she worked as the Director of Education for New York Theatre Workshop, where she created the Mind the Gap program. After moving back to her home state of Alabama, she implemented an intergenerational playwriting program in Montgomery similar to Mind the Gap, called The Nora Project: Women Write.
Her New York directing credits include ROSE, starring Kathleen Chalfant Off-Broadway at The Clurman Theatre, which received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a United Solo Special Award. She directed Yasmine Rana’s The Fallen at NYU Gallatin’s Labowitz Theatre, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House at Wing’s Theatre, Rana’s The War Zone Is My Bed at the Looking Glass Theatre and Vol de Nuit. In Montgomery she directed, in collaboration between Cloverdale Playhouse and Nora’s Playhouse, A Doll’s House at CPH.
Her article, “Lloyd Richards: Reflections from the Playwright’s Champion,” was published in The Drama Review. Lawson is a graduate of the NYU Gallatin Graduate Program, where she focused on directing for theatre. For her extensive work in educational theatre in Alabama, she was presented with the Alabama Educational Theatre Hall of Fame Award.