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Ellen Lauren

Visiting Associate Professor

Ellen Lauren is a founding member and co-artistic director of New York-based theater ensemble SITI Company, as well as associate artist with the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), based in Japan. Her acting credits over the last 25 years with SITI include more than 40 roles ranging from classical texts to devised work as well as collaborating with the Martha Graham Dance Co. in American Document; with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in A Rite (Meditations on The Rite of Spring); at the Getty Villa in Malibu in Trojan Women and Persians; and in the world premiere of theater is a blank page, in collaboration with visual artist Ann Hamilton.

She has performed in festivals around the world in such cities as Bonn, Bogota, Paris, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Moscow, Vienna, Edinburgh, Scotland, Jerusalem, Singapore and Reykjavik. In New York, she has performed more than seven times in BAM’s Next Wave Festival as well as New York Live Arts, New York Theater Workshop, The Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, Miller Theater, Public Theater’s Under the Radar, Lincoln Center and Joyce Theater.

Additional credits include: San Jose Rep, ART in Cambridge, the Court Theatre Chicago, Alabama Shakespeare, the Wexner Center for the Arts; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Walker Art Center, Hartford Stage, New York City Opera, (recipient of the Kosovar Award), and 11 premieres at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville’s Humana Festival.

She was a resident company member for many seasons at StageWest in Massachusetts, The Milwaukee Repertory and The Alley Theatre in Houston.

Lauren is head of SITI’s education programming and has helped conduct ongoing training residencies in more than 250 institutions and theaters in the United States and abroad including the Royal Shakespeare Company; Teatro Abadia Madrid; The Le Coq School and Micadanses in Paris; the Icelandic National Theatre and the Center for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, Wales. She also created SITI Company’s bi-annual Conservatory Program.

She has been an ongoing faculty member at The Juilliard School of Drama at Lincoln Center since 1995, and has been on the faculty of Columbia University and Fordham University in New York City.

Lauren is a regular guest artist at Finland’s National Theater Academy (TEAC) and Windsor University in Canada.

Under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki, she is an associate artist with The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) and for 30 years has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America. She was most recently in Tokyo performing Clytemnestra in Suzuki’s Electra. She is a founding member of the International Symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. She was also associate director of the Summer Training Program in Toga from 2003-2008.

She was a recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement (2008-2010).

Lauren has published articles in American Theater Magazine as well as in the Modern Masters series on Anne Bogart published in 1998. She is currently at work on a book about her experience with SCOT and SITI entitled The Invisible Body.