Ellen Lauren has been a faculty member in the Drama department since 1995. She teaches Suzuki Training and directed Ellen Mclaughlin’s Iphigenia and Other Sisters. Lauren is also a founding member and co-artistic director with SITI Dance Company. Her credits with the company include: Persians, Café Variations, Trojan Women, Under Construction, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, and Orestes.
She is a regular guest artist at TEAC, Finland’s National Theater Academy in Helsinki, UCLA, and Windsor University in Canada and has been on the faculty of Columbia University and Fordham University. She is an Associate Artist with the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki. Roles she has danced include Agave in Dionysus for over 15 years.
Performance venues include Moscow Art Theatre, Toga International Festival, Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Royal Shakespeare Co., Swedish Festival, Theatre Olympics in Athens and Delphi Greece, Shizuoka Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, Vienna Festival, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier Festival France, Harbour Front Festival Toronto and the Hong Kong Festival. Under the leadership of SCOT’s executive director, Ikuko Saito, she is a founding member of the International Symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. The committee’s book of essays was published in 2013. She was also associate director of the Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan 2003-2008.
She is a recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement (2008-2010). Lauren is published in American Theater Magazine (January 2011, “In Search of Stillness”), as well as in the Modern Masters series on Anne Bogart published in 1998. She is at work on a book about her experience with the Suzuki Company, The Invisible Body.