NEWS AND UPDATES

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FIREWATER

Streaming live November 12 & 13, 2021

I directed a dramaturgical workshop and reading of a new play by Samantha Marchant for Inkwell Theater LAB.

FIREWATER: a reimagining of the Prometheus myth told from the point of view of fire and her sister, set in a time after the gods have abandoned mankind.

The amazing cast: Sara Acevedo, Max Faugno, Jully Lee, Sierra Santana, Miebaka Yohannes

https://inkwelltheater.com/#firewater

SOHNI MAHIWAL

Streaming May 17 - 22

I directed a virtual reading of a beautiful new play by a talented young playwright for The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series.

SOHNI MAHIWAL by Simran Bal is an 18th century Punjabi folk tale/tragic romance told in modern vernacular that highlights the universality and complexity of love (in its many expressions) and follows individual struggles for control in a world that offers    anything but. 


Register for a virtual WATCH CODE here.

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WRITERS IN THE WRITING                    GROUP MUST WRITE

Streaming March 26 - April 1, 2021

Appearing in Elizabeth Logun's smart, scrappy, eloquent and funny play about loss, creativity, mourning and moving on. Part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2021 Digital Shorts Festival.

RITUALS

Premiers March 27, 2021 (streaming thereafter)

Written and performed on Zoom by residents of the Francisco Homes, a transitional housing community for individuals on parole from serving life sentences.

RITUALS is the culminating performance from TheatreWorkers Project's “Lifer: Stories from the Inside/Out,” a program that enables residents to share their stories through a documentary theatre project. I provided workshop support and dramaturgy.

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11 SECONDS (AKIRA KUROSAWA IN HELL)

March 23, 2021

Today is Akira Kurosawa's birthday and the talented Karen Huie wrote a play imagining the liminal time Kurosawa spent in Meido, Japanese Hell, when he attempted suicide.    


A virtual reading of 11 SECONDS is streaming thru Sunday 3/28 as part of The Blank's Living Room Series. Proud to be creative producer for this fascinating play.

"NIGHT SHIP" DROPS

October 1, 2020

"Night Ship," my episode of the chap.three digital series CITY KITTIES, dropped today. City Kitties is an anthology of 52 one-minute-long standalone shorts about the many intricacies and varieties of female friendship that were written, produced, crewed, and acted in by a team of nearly 150 women.

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150 DAYS

June 27, 2020

I'd been working with the wonderful TheatreWorkers Project on a prison reentry program when the pandemic shut down our in-person workshops meant to culminate in live performance.


TWP pivoted--and on Saturday, June 27 we had a live online screening of 150 DAYS, written and performed by formerly incarcerated men whose life sentences were commuted. They humble and move me.

150 days refers to the waiting time from commutation to release.

THE YEAR OF THE RAT KICKS OFF

January 2020

Performances

EST/LA Winterfest

This Will Be Our Year by Ali MacLean

Guinea Pig Apocalypse by Tony Pasqualini

Dramaturgy

Only Human by Chris DiGiovanni

Training with TheatreWorkers Project

- Project Prison & Reentry Arts Techniques Training

- Began apprenticeship with LIFERS: Life Stories from the Inside/Out, a theater arts reentry program for formerly incarcerated men

Development with Blank Theatre

Accepted position on Artistic Committee for Blank Theatre’s new play development program, The Living Room Series

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APPEARING IN EST/LA'S LAUNCHPAD FESTIVAL

November 17, 2019

A new writing group gets off to a rocky start in Elizabeth Logun's Writers in the Writing Group Must Write—one of four new short plays on the program.

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APPEARING AT THE BINGE FRINGE FESTIVAL

November 8, 2019

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INTIMACY DIRECTION

September 21 - 22, 2019

I completed my second intensive training in Intimacy Direction/Coordination with the leaders in the field, Intimacy Directors International. The first was in June, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

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WORLD PREMIERE OF DRIVING WILDE

Aug. 22 - Sept. 21
Associate Director/Intimacy Choreographer

Driving Wilde is Jacqueline Wright’s very free, very contemporary, shockingly frank and surreal adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wright transforms the gothic horror story into a present-day meditation on the pursuit of beauty.

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DIRECTING SHIVA FOR ANNE FRANK

June 2019 - Hollywood Fringe Festival

A one-woman tour de force by force of nature Rachel McKay Steele. Shiva for Anne Frank celebrates Jewish identity, girlhood, community mourning, life, and begs the question of whether or not one Jewish comedian can and should relate herself to Anne Frank. 

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APPEARING IN SMILING CAT CANDY HEART

Previews Apr. 27 & 28 / Opens May 3 – May 26

No emojis were harmed in this Jennie Webb one act, part of:

MOVING ON: The 2019 EST/LA One Acts
Five new short plays by Los Angeles playwrights.
Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm

[Double-cast: Lauren in all except 5/5, 5/11, 5/18. 5/19, 5/25]

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DIRECTING INTERCESSION IN LA FEST

March 4, 2019

Mental illness, divine intervention, and kitty cats. While in a manic state from recently diagnosed bipolar disorder, Vik attempts to receive and deliver a sacred ancestral message, while their friends and roommates Sil and Lana navigate how to ensure Vik’s safety and wellness on the night before they must move out of their apartment.

I'm thrilled to helm this short play by Maia Villa, one of the six young, talented, and queer East LA writers showcased in EST/LA's LA Fest this year.

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WINTERFEST 2019

January 13, 2019

Lauren Campedelli to appear in EST/LA’s annual Winterfest in readings of 2 new works:

   Saturday, January 19, 2019
   4:00 PM LAST TUESDAYS AT THE BOB EVANS by Stephen Dierkes

   Friday, February 1, 2019
   8:00 PM CHILDREN OF SHAME by W. Colin McKay

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MY FILM DIRECTING DEBUT

November 14, 2018

I directed my first film! A Good Shake is a comedy short by Team Rebelution Films for the Four Points Film Project's make-a-film-in-72-hours international competition. The talented team was led by wonder-women producer/actors Poonam Basu and Esther Mira. 

CATCH ME IN RESA FANTASTISKT MYSTISK OCTOBER 28!

October 15, 2018

I'm thrilled to be performing Sunday, October 28 at 7 p.m. with the comedy geniuses Burglars of Hamm in their Hollywood Fringe hit Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk at Sacred Fools' Broadwater Stage.


This previously unknown masterpiece by Swedish playwright/provocateur Lars Mattsun (1849-1912) is directed by maverick Todd Merrill and all tix are only $15.

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WEBSITE LAUNCHED—AT LAST!

September 24, 2018

I have finally joined the World Wide Web—and just in time for my birthday. Searching for production pics and reviews has forced me to get organized and clean out the cobwebs, and reminded me of all the wonderful productions and people I've had the opportunity to work on and with. Happy birthday to me and my website!

Photo: Rick Smith