Lauren is a multidisciplinary theatre maker from New York City. She is a director, choreographer, collaborator, and experimental playwright. Lauren holds her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and her BFA from LIU, Post. Selected directing credits include: Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Orson's Shadow, Rumors, The Inferno Project, House of Yes, Trojan Women 2.0, The Changeling, 'night Mother, and Damnee Manon Sacree Sandra. At LIU Post, she designed the current structure of First Year Showcase and began directing this experience in 2008.
As a performer, Lauren has performed in several countries, including Scotland and Greece. Selected performance credits include: 4.48 Psychosis, Crave, Midsummer Nights Dream, The Bakkhai, Three Tall Women, and her solo show, All the Tiny Pieces. She has been a choreographer/movement director for shows such as Bat Boy, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, and Queen Bee and the Boss. Her plays have been produced at Sarah Lawrence College and around New York City in venue such as Dixon Place and ART/NY. Her writing has been published in Hot Rot among other literary publications.
Lauren is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She has served on the advisory board of Rapscallion Theatre Collective and as Director of Development for TheatreRats. Lauren is an audition coach in Manhattan, has worked in casting for Horizon Theatre Repertory, and was a 2018/2019 member of The Midwives. In 2013 and 2016 she traveled to Holstebro Denmark to attend and train at the Magdalena Festival at the Odin Theatre. Lauren is the co-founder of Commuter Assembly Devising Collective and is the founder of Lauren Reinhard Performance Works. She currently teaches acting and devised theatre at LIU, Post.
What I'm (currently) thinking about/working on/obsessing over:
I am obsessed with the challenge of, with each new work, trying to usher in a new epoch of feminine mythology. Exploring what is codified and understood and exploding that into something mysterious and new. Drawing on familiar images and movement and archetypal scenes, I seek to animate the tension between image and felt experience. I challenge myself to unpack these new mythologies in a theatrical context through music, dance, language, and a deeply personal lens. I use my work to convey the world I want to create, while grappling with the difficulties of negotiating the one we live in. Building this kind of beating heart within the structure of each work is the challenge and the obligation that grounds me as an artist.