With more than 30 years experience in the performing arts, Laureen’s work has ranged from acting to directing, to writing and teaching. Laureen holds a Theatre Arts degree from UCLA, and has trained with Brenna McDonough, Elisabeth Noone, and Ed Gero, among others. See her current resume here
As an actress, she premiered Kerric Harvey’s Palace of Weariness at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which she reprised at Vancouver’s Fringe. In Vancouver, she has been seen at the Beaumont Stage (Beggars in the House of Plenty
), Pacific Theatre (You Can't Take It With You
), with Itsazoo Productions (Debts
), The Jericho Arts Centre (Women Take Power
). Laureen performs in Canada, the States and internationally.
Her work as a director has included several seasons with Sonoma's Theatre Works (Lobby Hero
, The Last Hurrah of Horace Packard
), Silk Purse's Canadian premier of M. Weller's What the Night if For
, A Lie of the Mind
with the MIT Community Theatre, among others.
As a voice-over artist
, Laureen’s work has been described as “wonderfully natural and professional.” Her versatility and facility with her material, makes her voice a rich and appealing listen. Her forte is narration, but she is equally comfortable with a wide-range of commercial spots and children’s literature.
Laureen earned her PhD with her doctoral studies/dissertation focused on the role of audience in performance at The George Washington University, where she also taught Theatre History, Women’s Studies, Sociology, as well as directed original screenplays for on-camera Advanced Scriptwriting Class, was the guest faculty artist for the Beginning Acting class, and the guest voice-over artist for GW’s Documentary Film Center. Laureen also directed the Arts & Society Bard on the Beach Lectures at the University of British Columbia.
A certified yoga teacher, Patsy Cline enthusiast, an inveterate international traveler, Laureen is also a budding connoisseur of fine whiskeys.