March: Just finished up a very fun run of Shenanigans: Irish Celebration with Funikijam, NYC's Off-Broadway early childhood education and entertainment company. I had a blast sharing my love of Irish music with the kids, just in time for St. Patrick's Day!
November: Is there a better way to celebrate the holidays than with nine shows a week of a "Pride and Prejudice" sequel up in Albany? I submit that there is not. Excited to be the onstage musician and understudying the title role in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Rep, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, running now through Dec. 23rd.
August: If you find yourself in North Carolina for the first two weekends of September, come check out in another production of Once, this time at Theatre Raleigh! This is my first time ever assistant music directing a show, and couldn't be more thrilled with this talented cast and creative team! For behind the scenes footage, check out the vlog TR is putting together for the rehearsal process. Also, happy Virgo season.
June: On to some more Shakespeare, this time with Hamlet Isn't Dead in their all-female-folk-music-centric As You Like It! We're running from July 20th through the 28th, and ticket information can be found here!
May: Just began rehearsals with The Drilling Company for their production of Midsummer Night's Dream in Bryant Park, where I'm excited to be fairy-ing around and playing music. Performances are May 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th and June 1st and 2nd at 7:00pm.
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 your emotional teenage daughter.
- I'm just trying to figure it all out.
Hailing from the heart of it all, Lauren decided at an early age that she wanted to do what most people from Ohio seem to do; move 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. 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 acting 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 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 Night for FringeNYC, learned how to skateboard, and joined a cast of an Off-Broadway show with only three hours of rehearsal. Along the way, she's acquired a mandolin, a tenor banjo and a washboard, and dreams of being in a all-girl newgrass band. Lauren lives in Inwood with her cute boyfriend and their nine plants. Sometimes she dyes her hair blue, but most of the time, it's brown.