Ellen Lauren (2023)

Ms Lauren is a SITI Company founding member and co-artistic director with Anne Bogart, for over three decades, based in New York. As a member of the acting company, she toured nationally and internationally in over 45 productions to 21 different countries, and hundreds of venues in the US. Festival appearances include multiple years at BAM’s Next Wave, Singapore Festival, Exit 95Paris, Melbourne, Irish Life, Bonn Festival Germany, Toga International Arts in Japan, Israeli Arts, and Humana Festival to name a few. She was also responsible for helping design, teach and administrate SITI’s national and international training programs, residencies, Skidmore Summer Intensive,  and designed SITI’s 9-month Conservatory program held in New York City. Most recently she performed at La Mama NYC in Marie Irene Fornés’ Evelyn Brown; A Diary in the first revival since its premiere in 1980.


 Ms Lauren is also an ongoing company member of the Japan based Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki since 1990. As an actor she has toured extensively with SCOT throughout Japan as well as  around the world including performances at Royal Shakespeare Company, Gubei Watertown Festival China, Harbor Festival Toronto, Art Carnuntum Vienna, Montpelier France, Teatro Olympico, Teatro Asti, Delphic Stadium, Herod Atticus Athens, Moscow Art Theatre, Japan Society NYC, Kitchijoji Theatre, and Alexandrinsky in St Petersburgh, to name a few. On behalf of SCOT she has taught in venues and academies around the world for over 35 years, as well as teaching the renowned SCOT Summer Training Camp in Toga, Japan, SCOT’s home base, since 2006. 


Ms Lauren has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Drama for the last 24 years. She has directed extensively at Juilliard, most recently the Oresteia with Group 54.  She is also ongoing faculty at San Diego University. She taught and directed at UCLA’s MFA program where she also served as guest faculty. Additional guest faculty positions include Center for Performance Practice in Dubrovnik, Teatro Activa Milan, TEAC in Helsinki, Carlos Universidad Madrid, Maastricht Academy, Royal Shakespeare Co., R.Evolución Latina, Western Michigan University, San Diego University, Windsor, Columbia, Fordham University and  to name a few. 

She was the first recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. In 2018 Scott Cummings released a chapter in his book, Actors’ Actors published by Palgrave MacMillan about Ms. Lauren’s career and practice. She is published in American Theater Magazine (In Search of Stillness) and is currently working on her book, The Invisible Body.


This will be Ms Lauren’s second visit to teach for Ladder Arts.