Lynn Snyder was a serious eavesdropper in small crowded restaurants, on buses and in supermarket checkout lines, until snatches of those overheard conversations led to characters in her first play, A Sense of Humour, set in London, where she lived for two years, working as a newspaper reporter. When she came back from England, A Sense of Humour was produced by the Menlo Players Guild in Menlo Park and First Stage Theater Co. in Los Angeles, so she was headed for a new career.
Subsequent plays, including Lovers and Other Furnishings, Campaign Strategy, Condo, Older Than Dead, The American Way, Junk Mail, Don’t Look, Skylight, and Air Pockets have been seen in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Roanoke, Lansing, Dubuque and abroad, in Toronto, Edinburgh and Bologna.
She won first prize for Zing Zang in a Dubuque national one-act playwriting contest and another prize for Mayan Mask in a Drury University national one-act contest and has had playwriting fellowships and grants from Theater in the Works at the University of Massachusetts, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Lynn was a newspaper reporter and worked on political campaigns as a publicity and speech writer in Los Angeles. She also has written free-lance articles for the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Free Press, La Jolla Village News, Strength Magazine and online, for E/The Environmental Magazine.
Her short story, An Unfamiliar Brand, was published in the Midwestern University Quarterly.
An alumnus of the Monday Night Group, Lynn was also its co-founder.