Biography

LaBute is of French Canadian, English and Irish ancestry, and was raised in Spokane, Washington. He studied theater at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At BYU he also met actor Aaron Eckhart, who would later play leading roles in several of his films. He produced a number of plays that pushed the envelope of what was acceptable at the conservative religious university, some of which were shut down after their premieres. However, he also was honored as one of the "most promising undergraduate playwrights" at the BYU theater department's annual awards. LaBute also did graduate work at the University of Kansas, New York University, and the Royal Academy of London.

LaBute's first produced play, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times (1989)--a series of biting exchanges by two 'everymen' in a bar—was staged from June 3–5, 2010 by MCC Theater in Manhattan as a benefit for MCC's Playwrights' Coalition and their commitment to developing new work. LaBute also directed the reading.

LaBute is of French Canadian, English and Irish ancestry, and was raised in Spokane, Washington. He studied theater at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At BYU he also met actor Aaron Eckhart, who would later play leading roles in several of his films. He produced a number of plays that pushed the envelope of what was acceptable at the conservative religious university, some of which were shut down after their premieres. However, he also was honored as one of the "most promising undergraduate playwrights" at the BYU theater department's annual awards. LaBute also did graduate work at the University of Kansas, New York University, and the Royal Academy of London.

LaBute's first produced play, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times (1989)--a series of biting exchanges by two 'everymen' in a bar—was staged from June 3–5, 2010 by MCC Theater in Manhattan as a benefit for MCC's Playwrights' Coalition and their commitment to developing new work. LaBute also directed the reading.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1963-03-19

Place of Birth Detroit - Michigan - USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

2019 The I-Land (7 episodes)Writer
2016 Van Helsing (5 episodes)Writer
2016 The Mulberry Bush Screenplay
2015 Dirty Weekend Writer
2015 Billy & Billie (11 episodes)Writer
2013 Some Velvet Morning Writer
2013 Some Girl(s) Screenplay Theatre Play
2012 Double or Nothing Writer
2012 Denise Writer
2012 BFF Screenplay
2011 After-School Special Writer
2010 Sexting Writer
2006 The Wicker Man Screenplay
2003 The Shape of Things Writer
2002 Possession Screenplay
1998 Your Friends & Neighbors Writer
1997 In the Company of Men Screenplay Theatre Play

Directing

2019 The I-Land (7 episodes)Director
2016 The Mulberry Bush Director
2016 Billions (1 episode)Director
2015 Dirty Weekend Director
2015 Billy & Billie (11 episodes)Director
2013 Some Velvet Morning Director
2012 Stars In Shorts Director
2012 BFF Director
2011 Hell on Wheels (4 episodes)Director
2010 Sexting Director
2010 Death at a Funeral Director
2008 Lakeview Terrace Director
2006 The Wicker Man Director
2003 The Shape of Things Director
2002 Possession Director
2001 Bash: Latter-Day Plays Director
2000 Nurse Betty Director
1998 Your Friends & Neighbors Director
1997 In the Company of Men Director

Creator

2019 The I-Land Creator
2016 Van Helsing Creator
2015 Billy & Billie Creator
2013 Full Circle Creator

Acting

2010 Cleanflix as himself
1998 Independent's Day as Interviewee

Production

2011 I Melt with You Executive Producer

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