Laura Stratford is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Underscore Theatre Company. 57th National Mathlete Sum-It marks her fifth world-premiere musical collaboration with Alex Higgin-Houser and David Kornfeld. With Higgin-Houser and Kornfeld, she toured Grind: The (coffee shop, comic book) Musical to four cities and rave reviews in the Midwest Fringe Tour in 2010.
The writing team’s first production including Brendan Siegfried, Liberal Arts: The Musical! premiered in Chicago April 2012, was lauded for “great dialogue and lyrics” (Chicago Theater Beat), and “a lot of talent on display in the writing” (Windy City Times).
In August 2012, the EX-Pats Theatre Company premiered their short musical, “Spa Fire: Children of the One Percent,” which performed again this spring in Underscore’s production of “STUCK: Four Short Original Musicals.” Most recently, they produced “pr0ne: a Hardcore Amateur Musical,” now in post-premiere workshops in Chicago.