Laurelyn has partnered with Preston Lane on six plays featuring regional folklore and original music: Brother Wolf, Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity, Bloody Blackbeard, Providence Gap, Snow Queen and Radiunt Abundunt. Commissioned by the NC Symphony, she composed and performed “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs” in 2011. A song from Brother Wolf, “Anna Lee,” was featured on Levon Helm’s Grammy-winning record Dirt Farmer; her song “Leaving Eden” is the title track of the Grammy-nominated recording by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is currently writing the songs for a new play called Leaving Eden with playwright Mike Wiley, which will premiere at Playmakers Rep in April 2018. She has received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts and the NC Arts Council Fellowship for songwriting. She lives in Greensboro, NC.