A Seattle native, Lauren graduated with degrees in theatre and communication studies from Loyola University Chicago in the spring of 2011, where she received the J. Pat Miller Scholarship (the University's only acting award), which is awarded yearly to the junior theatre major who shows the highest acting potential.
Having made her professional debut while still at Loyola, Lauren spent her first year out of college in the first professional Chicago productions of SPRING AWAKENING (directed by Jonathan Berry, Griffin Theatre Company) and RENT (directed by David Cromer, American Theatre Company/About Face Theatre), both of which were nominated for 2012 Jeff Awards for Best Musical. Since, she has worked with The Hypocrites/The Mercury, Theatre at The Center, Haven Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, Chicago Cabaret Project, Pastiche Productions, and Big Noise Theatre.
While playing Frances in MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CHAMBER MUSICAL at Piven Theatre Workshop, Lauren and the cast were able to work hands-on with the playwright Sarah Ruhl (multiple Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony nominee). This past fall, Lauren starred as Maggie in the world premiere of Peter Gwinn (Emmy-winning writer of The Colbert Report) and Jody Shelton's (composer of 50 Shades! A Parody) THE STORY OF A STORY: THE UNTOLD STORY at The Chopin Theatre.
This summer (2016), Lauren can be seen in the new Leo Schwartz musical PEN at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre as a part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Lauren is also heading back to Piven Theatre this summer to participate in the WISE WOMEN AND WITCHES workshop, written by her former professor Susan Applebaum. In July, Lauren will also be competing as a finalist at the NATS Musical Theatre National Conference. She won 1st place in the graduate Chicago division each time she competed: in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Lauren also has a serious passion for cabaret, as well as contemporary singing (pop, rock, folk, the standards, jazz and more). She has performed solo cabarets and private events in Chicago as well as Boston. Lauren is also a huge seafood lover, a Beyonce, Barbra, and Bareilles fanatic, and is happiest when she's by/on/or in the water.