I am an actor, singer, and dancer based in New York City, where I was born and raised.
September 29, 2017
Hello, friends! Let's get right to it.
Last week I had the pleasure of shooting a Robitussin commercial during which I coughed my brains out while - naturally - being dressed as a flapper. Stay tuned for that.
The first episode of "Brokers" has premiered! "Brokers" is a new web comedy - co-executive produced by me - about the underbelly of the underbelly of NYC real estate. I play Olga, the grouchy Russian broker with a penchant for all things Spice Girls and Britney. New episodes will premiere on our YouTube channel every Monday through October 30. Check out our trailer below!
an update! finally!
August 8, 2017
Did you miss me? I sure missed you.
Lots to tell you!
"Precious Cargo" News:
This past spring, "Precious Cargo" moved to its new home on Seed&Spark, an awesome streaming platform that supports independent film & television creators. Seed&Spark has recently become available on Roku and AppleTV, so you can watch us on the big (or...medium-sized) screen!
In September Dano and I will be putting on our bikinis and heading down to the Miami Web Fest in support of "Precious Cargo," which is an official selection!
"Precious Cargo" was an official selection of the 2017 LA Web Fest. Our fearless director, Ben Simington, was there to represent.
Next week I'll be hopping a train to Vermont to play Starveling in The Here & Now's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rumor has it there will be an actual donkey involved. I'm stoked.
Keep an eye out for "Brokers," the new web comedy which I co-produced with a bunch of cool and talented folks. I also appear in the show as Olga, the Britney-obsessed Russian apartment broker. I wear velour Juicy Couture sweatpants and large jewelry.
Dialect Coaching News:
In June I went to Long Beach, CA to take Knight Thompson Speechwork's "Experiencing Speech" workshop. It blew my speech brain wide open, and I'm looking forward to continuing the path towards teacher certification with a SUPER nerdy three day International Phonetics Alphabet workshop this week!
My private dialect coaching business continues to grow, and I'm also looking forward to dialect coaching Brigadoon at NYU Steinhardt this fall!
I think we're good for now. Now go have a spicy margarita and enjoy the rest of your summer.
December 27, 2016
Happy holidays, folks! How's about some updates from the past couple of months?
My web series, Precious Cargo, has been getting some pretty awesome press! Check it out:
We won Honorable Mention for the Made in NY Award at the Brooklyn Web Fest back in October.
In other news...
I'm currently in post production for web series number two, Brokers: a comedy about the seedy underbelly of the NYC apartment rental industry, in which I play grumpy Russian broker, Olga.
I've recorded a new track, which you can find on my "Audio" page: "She Used to be Mine." One of my favorite tunes from the musical Waitress.
In January I'll be headed back to NYU/Steinhardt to dialect coach their production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
September 15, 2016
It's been a while! The last few months have been full of adventures:
In January and February I was on the set of Drunk Parents, working as Salma Hayek's accent reduction coach. Salma is a total bad-ass, and she was a blast to work with. I coached her on the finer points of pronouncing poetic phrases like "camel toe."
"Precious Cargo" was released this past summer! We've gotten a great response. In fact, we just found out that our show is an official selection of the 2016 Brooklyn Web Fest!
In July I shot the short film "The Second Province," in which I played a motel-living, smoking, drinking wearer of very short shorts.
I'm dialect coaching NYU/Steinhardt's production of "The Secret Garden." It's a beautiful production with super talented actors.
Stay tuned, friends!
The "Precious Cargo" Trailer is here!
"Precious Cargo" is coming to your computer screens on June 13th! Here's our trailer. Check it!
Post-production for "Precious Cargo" is underway!
Hello! It's happening, folks. We have received rough cuts of the entire first season of "Precious Cargo" from our talented editor, Nathan Allen...and it's looking good! Our composer, Adam Lindquist, has been working on some fabulous scoring. It's all coming together! So now, in order to fund post-production, we have launched our second Indiegogo campaign. If you'd like to check it out - maybe even throw in a buck or two! - you can find it here.
A Super Busy Summer.
Hey there! The summer of 2015 was bananas, you guys. In July we shot the entire first season of "Precious Cargo" with forty actors and twenty crew members in eight different locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Quogue. We have begun planning for post-production, and hope to have the show ready for your viewing pleasure this winter!
Right smack in the middle of shooting "Precious Cargo," I shot an industrial for Cohn Creative Group, in which I played Wendy Goldberg: personal branding strategist to Bigfoot himself. Bigfoot's costume came with its own wrangler. It was impressive.
At the end of July, it was off to Vermont for a whirlwind week of rehearsing for CYMBELINE with The Here & Now! Talya Klein has created quite a company. Once a year, she produces and directs a sight-specific production of a Shakespeare play at the beautiful Crapolla Farms in South Windham, Vermont. For one week we rehearsed the play (a roving production that used every part of the farm as its set) harvested fruit and vegetables for our meals, and built sets and costumes. We had one performance on August 1st. The final scene of the play took place in the pond. Yes. IN it. Swimming Shakespeare. It was a blast to work with a kick-ass cast and crew of generous, hilarious, smart, talented folks (including my hubs Dano Madden), and I'm looking forward to next summer!
Back in New York, I went right into rehearsals for Lia Romeo's play CRIMINAL INTENT, part of The Tank's Rule of 7X7 series. I played a woman held at gunpoint by her ex-boyfriend. It was a comedy! It was a blast, as always, to work on one of Lia's plays...and I got to perform on my birthday! Cool!
So, here we are, at the end of August. I'm gearing up for audition season by singing my face off for a bunch of casting directors in The Growing Studio's Musical Theatre Casting Director Workshop. In fact, I have class tonight, so I'd better get ready. Toodles!
"Precious Cargo" Indiegogo Campaign has launched!
I'm very proud to announce that my brand-spanking new web series, "Precious Cargo," will go into production in July of 2015. Allow us to explain ourselves:
We've just launched our crowd-funding campaign, and we can use all the help we can get! Check it out here.
Lauren to dialect coach B-Side Productions' 'A Man of No Importance'
Lauren is super psyched to be the dialect coach on this show! More information here.