Loughrey was commissioned by Diversionary Theatre to create a tribute to Harvey
Milk on the 30th anniversary of his assassination. Dear Harvey: Stories
of Harvey Milk, opened April 19th, 2009. On December 6th, 2009, the script
for Dear Harvey was entered into the Harvey Milk portion of the California
Museum Hall of Fame.
Ms. Loughrey wrote the book for the musical The Daddy Machine which was featured entertainment on Rosie O’Donnell’s R Family Cruise to the Mexican Riviera in March 2008. The Daddy Machine - commissioned and produced by Diversionary Theatre- is a family-friendly musical based on the book by Johnny Valentine, published by Alyson Books.
Her full length play: Lord Derby’s Giant Eland placed second in the Kennedy Center, ACTF Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Awards, and was produced at San Diego State University in 2005.
Her plays for young audiences include: Nicaragua USA, at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Not Who You See, But Who I Am, with the Mark Taper Forum’s Improvisational Theatre Project.
Her HIV education plays include Secrets, produced by Kaiser Permanente (winner of the Ryan White Award) and The Inner Circle, seen worldwide in over 500 productions. HUNGRY, commissioned by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solana is currently touring in the Bay Area.
Ms. Loughrey was playwright-in-residence the William Inge Center for the Arts, and at Point Loma High School. She wrote and performed one-woman shows in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. She has taught playwriting at San Diego State University, Diversionary Theatre, and Independence Community College.
Ms. Loughrey holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.