Paul Lavrakas is a native of Massachusetts, a graduate of Boston College, and has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for thirty years. He has been commissioned to write 12 plays produced throughout the United States, including three historical plays written for the National Archives. Of his plays for young audiences, three were commissioned by the Kennedy Center, and three by Birmingham Children's Theatre, including White Sails, Dark Seas. He has received the American Alliance for Theatre and Education unpublished play award for Princess and the Pea (1989) and White Sails, Dark Seas (1992). Mr. Lavrakas is primarily employed in public interest politics, as well as writing for conventions/events. He has been Chairman of the Board of the Violence Policy Center since 1989.