February: Back in New York and hitting the ground running. On February 15th I'm providing some violin for Jacob Brandt's new musical 1969: The Second Man, Thursday the 16th at The Tank. On March 3rd at 9:30, come see me play the entirety of David Bowie's album Hunky Dory with The Manimals at the Way Station. March 16th I'll be playing some Tchaikovsky and Hyden with The Riverside Orchestra at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the UWS.
January: Once at Florida Studio Theatre has been extended not once, not twice, but three times! I feel so fortunate to be working with such a talented cast, collaborating on new plays and music, and I can't wait to continue to work with these cool cats when we're all back in New York City.
Whether I'm ready for the cold and snow has yet to be determined.
Who am I, anyway:
- I'm an actress, dancer, singer and musician.
- I'm a Gryffindor, siren, self-proclaimed nerd.
- I'm sweet, smart, shy and strong.
- I'm scrappy and crafty.
- I'm grounded and honest.
- I'm Little Red Riding Hood.
- I'm a Shakesperian ingenue.
- I'm the sharp pre-law student.
- I'm the free spirit.
- I'm your emotional teenage daughter.
- I'm just trying to figure it all out.
Hailing from the heart of it all (Elyria, OH), Lauren is a relatively recent transplant to NYC. With music teachers as parents, it was only natural that Lauren began performing when she began her violin training at the age of four. She was involved with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (Oberlin Conservatory), Baldwin-Wallace Senior Youth Orchestra (B-W Conservatory) and was honored to have performed in masterclasses with Milan Vitek and Regina Carter. From there, she began her dance training, and studied with many regional ballet companies in Ohio. Lauren was also a recipient of a scholarship to the Cecchetti International Ballet Summer School.
Just to throw everybody off, Lauren went to Oakland University in Michigan and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She received departmental honors, an Irene Ryan Award nomination for her work in The Pageant Plays, and a certificate of merit from KCACTF for her co-costume design for Grey Gardens. She interned at The Ensemble Theatre Community School in Eagles Mere, PA, under the direction of the wonderful Ann V. Klotz, and was fortunate enough to travel with six other Oakland actors and three professors to Greece, where they rehearsed and toured an original adaptation of Medea.
Since moving to New York, Lauren has interned with Millbrook Playhouse, learned how to make hats, dived into the world of folk/traditional music, helped create a new musical adaptation of Twelfth Nighty for FringeNYC, learned how to skateboard, and joined a cast of an Off-Broadway show with only three hours of rehearsal. Lauren lives in Inwood, where she continues to pursue an Academy Award.