For over thirty years Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., during which he was responsible for the publication of hundreds of plays, by playwrights such as Jane Martin, Don Nigro, Tina Howe, Theresa Rebeck, William Mastrosimone, Charles Fuller, and Ken Ludwig, among many others; and the acquisition of musicals such as Smoke on the Mountain, A...My Name is Alice, Little Shop of Horrors and Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down. He is now a free-lance editor for Smith & Kraus, Inc., for whom he edits annual anthologies of ten-minute plays and monologues for men and for women (for a complete list of his Smith & Kraus books, click on the Writers tab at www.smithandkraus.com) and for Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, for whom he has edited monologue and 10-minute play anthologies. His column, "On the Aisle with Larry," is a regular feature at wws.smithandkraus.com as well as on his blog at http://playfixer.com/wordpress/. He is a member of the Outer Critics Circle as well as the Drama Desk and was a member of the Drama Desk Nominating Committee for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (see his website, www.playfixer.com). He has also served as literary manager or literary consultant for several New York theatres, such as Urban Stages and American Jewish Theatre. He has served many times over the years as a commentator for various M.F.A. programs and judge for national play contests and lectures regularly at colleges and universities. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M. A. from the University of Michigan.
His book, How I Did It: Establishing a Playwriting Career, a collection of interviews with playwrights, will be published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books in 2015.