A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM THE 2017 LOIS WEBER LEGACY AWARDEE-Leslie Ann Coles
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Lorraine is an award winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Filmmaker. She spent ten years teaching Playwriting and Screenwriting
at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Smith College and M.F.A. in Film from Florida
State University. Lorraine also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene Neill Theater Center.
Upon graduation from Smith College, she won the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award for Small Animals, which has been given
staged readings at NTI and Smith College and has been produced by Limelight Theater, Flagler College, and The BOOM Theatre
Her play Barefoot was produced by The Boom Theater Company in Bel Air, Maryland. Barefoot has been published in The BOOM
Theatre Co. Anthology of New Plays, Volume 1 2011-2013.
She has written and directed five short films and a feature. Saving Sophie, the feature, was based on one of her produced
plays and as a film played 26 film festivals and won 9 awards. She directs plays as well as films.
Her screenplays have been placing in national and international competitions.
Lorraine grew up in Peekskill, New York. She now prefers living in rural Florida with her retired professor turned fern
farmer and poet boyfriend.