Lauren Whitehead is a writer, performer, and dramaturg. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramaturgy from Columbia University, where she was a Schubert Presidential Fellow, and a writing teaching fellow during her undergraduate years. Whitehead has performed her work in venues around the country including the Sundance Film Festival, the Kennedy, and the Nuyorican Poets Café.
Whitehead played the role of Zillah in A Bright Room Called Day (Connelly Theater). She has also written, composed, and performed two one-woman musicals: Written in Blues was presented at the Afro Solo Festival, the Left Coast Leaning Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and at DiverseWorks in Houston, and an excerpt of her second one-woman show, A Tribe Called Blessed, debuted at the Women Center Stage Festival (Lynn Redgrave Theater). Her first full-length play, stunning, still, was read at Naked Angels First Mondays Play Reading Series after a residency at Vineyard Arts Project. Whitehead was featured on HBO’s documentary Brave New Voices and her writings have been published in Apogee, Winter Tangerine, and Union Station Magazine. Virtuosically Invisible, her non-fiction prose manuscript, was runner-up in a book prize judged by Maggie Nelson.
As a dramaturg, Whitehead has worked in various capacities both inside and outside of the theater. She directed How Bodies Reclaim Light (New York Live Arts) and was playwright/adapter of Three Sisters: Tulsa 1921 (The Secret Theater). She was the assistant director of Paradox of the Urban Cliche by Craig “muMs” Grant, the festival dramaturg for the Fire This Time Festival, and co-curator of the Conscious Language Festival at the Wild Project. In addition to touring with the Dialogue Arts Project, an organization that uses the arts to facilitate difficult conversations about social identity, Whitehead has given a number of lectures and workshops across the country. Whitehead worked as a research assistant to Oskar Eusits at New York University in partnership with the Public Theater. She teaches an Advanced Playwriting Lab at the New School and facilitates a poetry and performance workshop at Juilliard.