* MFA Cal State Long Beach
* BA Indiana State University
Lauren is an Atlanta-based theatre director, teacher and coach. After receiving her BA in theatre from Indiana State University, she worked as an artist in Indianapolis before attending grad school at Cal State Long Beach for her MBA/MFA. In Atlanta, Lauren works with Horizon Theatre Company as the Co-Director of the Apprentice Program - Théâtre du Rêve as an associate artist, director and deviser; and Reforming Arts, a non-profit devoted to making theatre with currently & previously incarcerated citizens. Lauren returns annually to her home state of Indiana, directing at Crossroads Repertory Theatre.
Recent directing credits include The Cake (Horizon Theatre), Code Noir and Marie Antoinette’s Masqued New Year’s Revolution (Théâtre du Rêve), Curious Encounters (7Stages), Boeing, Boeing; Rabbit Hole; Steel Magnolias; Romeo & Juliet (Crossroads Rep). In 2020, she will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, and creating a new play about Québécois traditional music with Théâtre du Rêve in Atlanta. She is an alumnus of the prestigious New York City Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab, 2018.
“I love helping artists become more authentically themselves through acting, how we can bring all of our talents to the table, for a positive impact in our industry and the world. Life as an artist isn't always a straight and clear path, but our work is so vital ... It CAN be done!”
Directing | Stage | BFA & MFA Auditions | DIY Production
* MFA NYU
* BA Barnard College
Stage & Screen Actor & Professor
Victoria's an accomplished actress, director and teacher, currently Professor of Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. Professional directing includes Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The Lacy Project and Sophie Scholl: The Last Days in New York City; educational credits include Constellations, Sense and Sensibility, Steel Magnolias, Necessary Targets, and others. As an actor, she’s worked on Broadway, extensively off-Broadway and regionally, including two world premieres by Theresa Rebeck, starring roles at Syracuse Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and 14 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; and a self-produced collection of ten-minute plays, which performed from New York to Santiago, Chile. Victoria's performed in two pilots as well as many television shows and films, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Orange is the New Black,” and most recently Julie Taymor’s film The Glorias. Upcoming: Around the World in 80 Days at Savannah Rep.
From Savannah to New York, Victoria brings powerful intelligence, clarity of purpose and warmth of spirit to every role & every student. Winner of 2017's 'Best of Lessons.com', her coaching earned clients roles on TV series, New York plays, and entry to elite MFA programs.
BFA & MFA | Stage & Screen | On-Camera Acting | Directing
LIZ ELKINS NEWCOMER
* MFA UCSD
* BFA NYU Atlantic School
Liz Elkins Newcomer has a wide and varied background in music, art, theatre and spirituality in her current role as an Educator and Director at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, and owner of Art of the Enneagram as a Certified Enneagram Teacher. Liz has a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU and the Atlantic School, and an MFA from USCD where she performed in Pericles, Good Breeding, The Love of the Nightingale and Gum. Liz originated the role of Kat in the Off-Broadway World Premiere of Sea of Tranquility (Atlantic Theater Company). Other theatre credits include: The Deception (Theatre de la Jeune Lune/La Jolla Playhouse), LoveSick (59E59Theaters), and The Fox (George Frankel Theatre). Liz created and performed in thematic concerts An Evening in the 70s and Deep Like the Rivers, both in NYC. Liz has also appeared in the films Black Panther, Breaking News in Yuba County, Assassination Nation, Out of Blue and Bad Moms and on television in "NCIS: New Orleans", "Army Wives," "Mercy".
Liz brings a deep passion for artistic exploration, and applying the many extraordinary ways we can use our living instrument, to tell stories that truly change the world ...
BFA & MFA | Voice & Speech | Kids & Teens | Musical Theatre
* AEA, SAG/AFTRA * BS: Slippery Rock
An accomplished, award winning actor, director, producer, and business coach, Michael is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association for 22 years and current Central Principal Councilor serving on the AEA National Council. Michael has performed in over 35 professional productions across the country, and after long stays in both New York City and Los Angeles, Michael now resides in New Orleans, where he is a founding company member of Crescent City Stage, a New Orleans based professional theatre company. Favorite roles include:
Tom in Glass Menagerie (Virginia Stage), Christy in Playboy of the Western World (New Jersey Shakespeare and A Noise Within), Leslie in The Bungler (A Noise Within), Konstantin in The Seagull (Portland Center Stage), Macduff in Macbeth and Cassio in Othello (The Old Globe), Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Dallas Theatre Center), and Morris in The Heiress (South Coast Rep). TV/Film credits include: "NCIS: New Orleans", "Claws, "Person of Interest", "All My Children", "A Thousand Cuts", "A Father’s Revenge," "Pants on Fire", "In the Flesh", "Harmony", "Redemption", "Unforgivable" and the upcoming Tate Taylor film Breaking News in Yuba County.
With a non-traditional route in becoming an actor, Michael brings his experience working both in corporate and entertainment environments to provide a unique perspective on how to succeed in the current artist economy. He is a passionate advocate for #FairWageOnStage and #ParentArtists, and uses his experience as a parent to support the next generation of artists.