Bio

           Lauren is a New Jersey born and raised singer, composer and actor. With New York City as her backyard, she was lucky enough to have access to everything The Big Apple had to offer. 

            Lauren has been singing for as long as she can remember, performing concerts of KISS songs and her rendition of The Itsy Bitsy Spider all by the age of three. It wasn't long before she started to pick up instruments (her treble clef-only version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was soon added to her repertoire). She soon found her way to the stage by auditioning for every community musical she could find. By high school, Lauren had a deep interest in Women and Gender Studies as well as Musical Theater and began searching for a way to combine the two worlds. 

            In November of 2016, Lauren wrote her first song entitled March With Me that became the title track of her first EP that was released a year later. Lauren has released two singles on Spotify, Try To Love You and While We Have Tonight. As a singer and songwriter, she has performed at venues such as Prohibition NYC, The Bitter End, Haswell Green's and more. From there, Lauren went on to write an original score to the classic play Our Town with Villagers Theater in New Jersey, making her way into writing for theater.

            In 2018, Lauren's musical theater writing journey began with The Picher Project. As one half of the Music and Lyrics team, Lauren has been bringing to life a story about the most toxic place in America that no one has ever heard about. (More information on The Picher Project can be found here ). As well as writing the music, Lauren has also appeared in the cast of The Picher Project in their performance at Dixon Place and Feinstein's/54 Below. The story of Picher could not be told without a few strong women that were involved (are we really surprised?) and through this research, Lauren discovered her passion. It is an honor and responsibility to lend a voice to the untold stories of history. In researching about the women before her, Lauren has learned what it means to be brave and daringly articulate in what can, and should, be expressed through song. With many projects in the works, she cannot wait to share these narratives that need to be told.

            Currently, Lauren is working on the music of Bridesmaids: A Dance Narrative. (More information on Bridesmaids can be found here ). Originally appearing as the live singer/narrator in the sold out debut at Dixon Place, Lauren is now writing original songs as well as arranging unique versions of cover songs for the show's upcoming performance at Symphony Space on February 11th.

Lauren, completely overjoyed and in tears, next to the incredible Rebecca Jim, a leading environmental activist in Picher, after The Picher Project's Feinstein's/54 Below performance.

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