Founder and Executive Director of 4 Chairs Theatre, Lauren holds a BFA and MFA in Acting from UCLA and has directed countless shows at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire for over 25 years. As Resident Director of Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights since 2004, Lauren has also directed numerous professional plays and musicals. Most recently, she directed Stevenson’s Fiddler On The Roof, and was nominated for Best Production by Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards, (IHSMTA), as well as her production of Miss Saigon.
At Metropolis (MPAC) she just closed a highly successful production of Avenue Q, and was also recognized for her production of Sideman, nominated for top 25 Chicago Plays of 2010. Under her guidance and direction, one of her students won the 2014 Jimmy awards, two of her students were nominated by IHSMTA for best actor and actress for In The Heights and Miss Saigon, and one of her actors was nominated for best actor for Fiddler On The Roof.
Her focus is helping actors develop a character with honesty and vulnerability. Through conversations, collaboration and encouragement, she helps actors create skills that lead to more focus and self-confidence. Being part of both educational and professional theatre, she is better able to help actors navigate the audition process and feel more confident when they step into an audition room.
Get help choosing and preparing monologues for high school, college, professional theatre and television/ film auditions. Lauren will help you focus in on character development and objectives. The goal is to have confidence when you walk into your next audition feeling prepared and confident, and walk out knowing you did the best you could.
Dive deep into the material. Lauren can guide you and your scene partner on material selections, blocking, and discovering the arc of a scene.
Musical Theatre Study
Perfect your techniques for acting a song. Lauren can help you choose audition material and prepare for all of your musical theatre auditions and performances.
Nurture artistic development. Lauren can teach children of all levels how to develop into strong actors and musical theatre artists. She works with each child individually, or in groups, to gain confidence and self-esteem. Through self-discovery and gentle guidance, Lauren creates a welcoming and safe space for children to grow as artists and people.