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Barbara Lhota

Emeritus Member

Barbara Lhota is thrilled to be part of Babes With Blades Theatre Company! She was asked to join the company after her play Los Desaparecidos (The Vanished) won the Joining Sword & Pen Margaret Martin Award and received a full production with the Babes. Barbara received an M.F.A. from Brandeis University, where she was an artist-in-residence and taught playwriting. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, a Chicago Dramatists Network Playwright, and a Pride Films and Plays Network Playwright. Her plays have been produced in Boston, Chicago, New York and throughout the country. Some of the companies she has worked with in Chicago include: American Blues Theater, Artistic Home,  AstonRep, Backstage Theatre Company, Bailiwick, Boston Theatre Works, Circle Theater Company, Rascal Children’s Theater – The Side Project, StrangeLoop, Symposium, The Women’s  Theatre Project, Theatre of Western Springs, 20% Theatre Company, and Women’s Theater Alliance. Recent and upcoming productions/readings include Echo (Circle Theatre – 2014), Embolden (Your Name Here – NYC), Warped (Stage Left Theatre – 2013), Personal Penchants (City Theatre – Miami – 2013/The Women’s Theatre Project – 2013), 180 Degree Rule co-written with M.E.H. Lewis (Pride Films and Plays Women’s Work Finalist and Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series – 2013), The Enduring Banquet (Women’s Theatre Alliance – 2013) The Double (Babes With Blades Theatre Company – Summer 2011). Publishing credits include Strangers and Romance – Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2001 (Smith and Kraus) and a 4-volume series co-authored with Janet B. Milstein and Ira Brodsky – The Forensic Duo Plays. Her monologues are included in Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays (Meriwether), The Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2001, and The Audition Arsenal Series. She is a recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award for Hanging by a Thread.  Echo, a 2013 Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist, was chosen for the Athena Project in 2013.  Love Creek Theater’s Samuel French finalist – The Beekeeper and His Daughter. More information at