Carol, headshot 2014

Carol S. Lashof
Playwright in Residence

Carol is a playwright, librettist, and educator. Her work has been broadcast on BET (Gap, dir. Ryan Coogler) and NPR (The Story, dir. Martin Esslin) and has been staged on five continents—from the Magic Theatre in San Francisco to Peking University in Beijing. Her numerous publications include “Medusa’s Tale,” in Plays in One Act, as well as Clay, The Minotaur, and Persephone Underground, published and licensed by YouthPLAYS. Carol’s short plays have been featured in the San Francisco Olympians Festival and the San Francisco One-Minute Play Festival.

Her most recent full-length plays include Disclosure (staged readings at the Playwrights Center of San Francisco and Virago Theatre in Oakland, CA) and Just Deserts (staged reading at Symmetry Theatre in Berkeley, CA; premiere production by Those Women Productions). As a librettist, Lashof collaborates with British composer James McCarthy; their work has been commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus and the Scottish National Opera, and has also been performed in the US and New Zealand. She has taught literature and writing courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Stanford University; and Saint Mary’s College of California, where she is Professor Emerita of English. Carol lives in Berkeley, California and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.



Elizabeth L. Vega

Elizabeth holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare (emphasis directing) from Exeter University. Now a professional drama teacher, math tutor, and director, she has worked around the Bay Area for such organizations as the CalShakes Summer Conservatories, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival.