Bio

playwright, librettist, screenwriter

Produced in the U.S. and internationally, Drew is originally from the South with a focus on crafting strong, fallible, and complex female protagonists in seemingly unreal circumstances. His work has been highlighted in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Theatrius, This Week in New York, TheatreMania, Australian Stage, Aussie Theatre, and Theatre in the Now.

His play, SMITHTOWN, starring Michael Urie, Constance Shulman, Ann Harada and Colby Lewis was adapted for the screen and premiered digitally in 2021 through the Studios of Key West. As described by Michael Shulman of The New Yorker, “In ‘Smithtown,’ the playwright Drew Larimore probes the cracks of our digital lives in four chatty, unsettling monologues revolving around the same tragedy in a small college town.” Patricia Morin of Theatrius claims it’s “a must-see for the precision acting and its revelations on social responsibility.”

Illustration by Josie Norton, The New Yorker

Drew made his Off-Broadway debut with OUT OF ICELAND, which starred Lea Delaria, at Walker Space in early 2012. His play, THE ANNIVERSARY, is published in Vintage Press’ anthology of new work, Shorter, Faster, Funnier. THE CANNIBALS OF MCGOWER COUNTY, the first in a trilogy about the changing American South—was developed with Asolo Repertory’s Unplugged New Works Festival and featured in Denizen Theatre’s New Play Development Series. He has been a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Theatre Conference, The Lark Playwrights’ Week, the Heidman Award, P73 Playwriting Fellowship and a writing residency at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. 

His musical THE NEW PEGGY (co-lyrics and music by J. Oconer Navarro) was featured in concert The Green Room 42 in concert and produced by the Micro Musical Theatre Podcast on iTunes starring Ann Harada. Drew wrote and co-created the six-part original scripted series, JANICE GUNTER GHOST HUNTER, available for streaming on Roku’s Whohaha network. C U @ ED’s, a short film for which he the screenplay, screened in dozens of festivals around the country and won the “Audience Award” at the DC Shorts Fest. He’s currently developing a new irreverent anti-holiday holiday musical with collaborator Billy Recce, THE BESTEST OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER, featured online in December of 2020 through The New York Theatre Barn.  

Additional writing residencies include Djerassi, Key West Literary Seminar, Studios of Key West, and Telluride Playwright’s Festival. A former member of Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA’s Playwrights Coalition, he is based out of New York only when he’s not aggravated with New York—developing new plays, musicals, as well as original and adapted work for the screen.