As an educator, director, and actor with 15 years' professional experience in the arts, Lauren believes that the key to successful drama education is maintaining a positive mindset, promoting community and teamwork, and building self-confidence and self-esteem in young people. Lauren has created partnerships with several theatre and film organizations across NYC and has written her own Theatre Arts Curriculum for Grades 9-12. She promotes theatre education and believes it works in tandem with culturally responsive Instruction to build empathetic and compassionate individuals. Empathy, she believes, is the backbone to authentic creating and learning.
Lauren holds an MA from New York University and a BA from Tufts University in Theatre and Communications. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at NYU Steinhardt in Educational Theatre with a focus on socially conscious and verbatim theatre. She values the power of questions, seeking the truth, and teaching all students to be careful with words and deeds. Her favorite days as an educator include her directing teenagers in New York City Public Schools-- some credits include Clybourne Park, Rumors, Dog Sees God, and Stop Kiss.