Originally from the Boston area, Lauren is a New York City based professional actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She is a proud member of both AGMA and Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
Lauren trained in the professional division of the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education for 14 years, and performed with the Boston Ballet in residence at the Wang Center in the children’s ensemble of "The Sleeping Beauty," "Le Corsaire," "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," and "The Nutcracker." She received her BA from Manhattanville College in Theatre with a concentration in Acting & Directing and a minor in Criminal Justice, graduating suma cum laude in 2007. While there, she studied with Broadway veterans Julio Agustin (original Broadway company of FOSSE and the 1996 revival of CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL,) and veteran performer and choreographer Bonnie Walker, who directly collaborated with Jerome Robbins on his Broadway productions of GYPSY, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and PETER PAN.
As a performer, Lauren has nearly 30 diverse professional productions to her credit, including NYC workshops, Off-Broadway, national and international tours, and regional companies. Lauren is known for her versatility as a “triple threat,” and is equally comfortable onstage in principal, featured, understudy, or ensemble roles in a variety of shows.
She just concluded three years on the road with Broadway’s longest-running American musical and six-time Tony Award winning CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL as Liz ("Pop') or Mona ("Lipschitz") and understudied all three female principal roles: Velma Kelly, Roxie Hart, and Matron “Mama” Morton. She joined the tour in 2015 for a sold-out engagement in Japan, and went on to a six-month US tour that included LA’s Pantages Theater and Chicago’s Palace Theater. Since then, the tour has taken her back to Tokyo two more times for sold-out engagements, across the US a second and third time, and to Seoul, South Korea and Taipei, Taiwan for the first time. She made her principal understudy debut as Velma Kelly during a sold-out engagement at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, opposite Brandy Norwood as Roxie Hart.
Prior, she spent two years touring the US and Canada with the five-time Tony Award winning THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, in the ensemble and understudying the roles of Janet van de Graff and Kitty. She travelled to Europe in the ensemble of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She has also played Atlantic City and Reno with 42ND STREET. Regional favorites include productions of CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL (Velma,) DAMN YANKEES (Lola,) ON THE TOWN (Ivy,) SWEET CHARITY (Nickie, u/s Charity,) A CHORUS LINE (Sheila and Diana,) 42ND STREET (Annie,) MAN OF LA MANCHA (Aldonza/Dulcinea,) THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Elsa, u/s Maria,) and the sit-down of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY in Tampa, FL. She has worked with Arena Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Ocean State Theatre Company, Theatre-by-the-Sea, Alhambra Theatre and Dining, Metro Stage Company, and the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
She has received an IRNE nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in Metro Stage Company’s CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL, as well as numerous BroadwayWorld Award recognitions for other projects.
In New York, she has been invited to perform in over a dozen benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, including the annual “Gypsy of the Year” and “Easter Bonnet” competitions and multiple productions of “Broadway Bares,” executive produced by Tony Award winning choreographer, Jerry Mitchell. Lauren also recently participated in the first New York City industry presentation of LOU IN LIEU OF GENIUS, based on the life of Bob Fosse, and written and directed by L. Corey Wright.
Lauren is also one of a select few New York City dancers invited to work with the Verdon/Fosse Legacy, the estate which oversees the careful preservation of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon’s work. She regularly receives direct instruction from original Fosse dancers Valerie Pettiford, Llyod Culbreath, and Dana Moore, and recently had the honor of learning the “Trumpet” variation from "Sing, Sing, Sing" from the legendary Ann Reinking.
As a professional choreographer and dance captain, Lauren has set Casey Nicholaw's Tony Award Winning choreography for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and created original staging for COMPANY -- both for Manhattanville College. Lauren has assisted on regional productions of A CHORUS LINE, 42ND STREET, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GUYS & DOLLS, and DAMN YANKEES.
As an instructor, Lauren has led a variety of master classes and intensives for students across the US -- including Manhattanville College, South Shore Ballet Theatre, Thayer Academy, NH Theatre Factory, Children’s Ballet Arts, Long Bay Theatre, and The Boston Conservatory. Lauren also coaches privately, and is available to work in-person or via FaceTime.
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