Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas (F’69)

Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas

Senior Manager of Production and Teaching Artist, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing

Having studied at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, Deirdre Lavrakas had no prior acting experience when she saw an advertisement for drama classes. “When I stepped into my first class, I knew I had come home,” Lavrakas said. She was later offered a teaching fellowship at George Washington University as part of her Master of Fine Arts studies. Today, Lavrakas works behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, co-founding its play development program, New Visions/New Voices. She also serves as an international teaching artist and director of 85 productions, some touring South Asia for the U.S. State Department. Lavrakas also co-founded a theater training program at the Performing Arts Center in Amman, Jordan, and helped create Write Local. Play Global., an international network of playwrights for young audiences, with nearly 600 members worldwide.