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Liza Powel O'Brien

Liza Powel O'Brien

With a BA from Vassar College, Liza Powel O’Brien worked as a copywriter (DDB Seattle; Saatchi & Saatchi; FCB New York) before earning an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Now a playwright, her work has been seen and developed in theaters and festivals in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. 

Liza came to know The Lark in 2010 through its Roundtable program, where she was able to experience first-hand the generosity and support of this unique organization. Since then, she has had many long and fruitful discussions with Lark staff, fellows and friends, and is grateful for this opportunity to deepen her relationship with The Lark and its mission.

In addition to raising two children with her husband in Los Angeles, Liza serves as a member of the reading committee for Ojai Playwrights Conference and on the selection committee for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds program in Los Angeles, which identifies and champions academically talented at-risk high school students.