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“breath is spirit”

 

Ever since I was a mere girl growing up on the east coast, I’ve had two dreams – one is to be an actress in the theater, and the other is to help people achieve their own dreams.

I have been lucky enough to have spent a great deal of my life on stages all across the US (check!), and have spent equally as much time teaching, coaching, volunteering and even founding a non-profit organization for social change (check!).

First Breath Speech is the next level of actualization of these collective ambitions, and my heart’s desire is to see YOU succeed.

The voice is one of the most mysteriously powerful AND vulnerable aspects of our human experience. The way we communicate, the way we produce sound is intensely personal. When we’re babies, we feel free to roar and cry out when we need something. That freedom is stifled over time as both internal and external factors can lead us to lose the vocal health and flexibility with which we were born. Internally the voice can be suppressed as a result of emotional turmoil and we subconsciously shut down our breathing to protect ourselves from pain.

Through First Breath Speech, we’re going to explore ways to help you enhance or regain your true voice, so you can speak and be understood.



Lauren is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division. She has had additional vocal training from Patsy Rodenburg, Shari Anderson and Elissa Weinzimmer. She has also pursued  post-graduate studies in Education at Monmouth University and Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

For the past 15 years, she has been on the faculty of acting schools such as  AMDA , The Art of Acting Studio and The Relativity School and has privately coached actors and presenters in New York and Los Angeles for auditions, plays and film and TV work.

Some of Lauren’s favorite theaters at which she’s worked are:The Old Globe Theater in San Diego (Lobby Hero), The Long Wharf and The McCarter Theater (Fraulein Else), The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (12th Night), Pennsylvania Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Two Noble Kinsman), Indiana Repertory Theater (Glass Menagerie, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Immigrant, Bad Dates, Rabbit Hole). She has been “understudy to the stars” for the Geffen Playhouse (Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas, Female of the Species, The Escort, The Exorcist) and The Mark Taper Forum (iWitness).

Lauren has also appeared on TV in ER, Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives and The Whole Truth. She was the voice of the “Childhood Is Calling” campaign for Rice Krispies for many years.

She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, and VASTA

Lauren currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Ron, and 2 small dogs, Boz and Maddie.

 

 
Lauren has been my dialect coach for several years and is truly fantastic!! When I first moved to the states I sounded foreign, or so I’ve been told. Today, after a couple years of working with Lauren people are surprised when they find out I‘m not originally from the US. She has a sharp ear, catching any sound that is out of place, a wide variety of dialects under her belt and her instructions are clear and specific, adjusted to the individual students needs. Lauren possesses many skills and applies them all in class as needed; physical exercises, text analysis, acting/dialect coaching and even an occasional massage (as it happens she is also a trained massage therapist). -Maya Eshet (Meredith from MTV's Teen Wolf)

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