Laurel Just finished understudying for the role of Charlotte in Charlotte's Web, directed by Whit Maclaughlin, at the Arden Theatre Company in Old City, Philadelphia. This marks their second time playing an insect.
In the summer of 2017, Laurel was invited to teach two week-long theater workshops in Chongqing and Yuan Ling, China with two organizations committed to empowering young people through arts education. Laurel developed a curriculum combining Linklater vocal work, Viewpoints movement work, Neutral Mask work, and clown work, with an emphasis on Acting/Performance as Spiritual Practice and Theater Techniques for Personal Growth.
Laurel studied theater (plus some modern dance and psychology) at Bennington College in Vermont. During her time there she performed in 6 faculty directed productions, performing some incredible roles in incredible projects including Harper in Angels in America: Perestroika, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, and a ring-leader of sorts who played many characters in Songspiel Mahagonny in which intricate choreography was devised by the ensemble. She also originated a role in the work-in-progress When You're Here by Samuel D. Hunter, which later premiered off-Broadway with the title, Pocatello. Her final performance there was a solo show she wrote with Kirk Jackson. She took classes in Acting,Viewpoints, Meisner, Voice (Singing and Linklater), choreography, design, collaboration, Theater and the Arts for Peace ad Reconciliation, and solo performance.
Bennington Alumni 24 Hour Plays, NYC
In January of 2017 Laurel was invited to share the stage with fellow Bennington alums, including Peter Dinklage '91 and Joel Marsh Garland '97, for the Bennington 24 Hour Plays. The performance took place at the Signature Theater in NYC.
During college, Laurel spent her summers performing Shakepeare professionally with The Vineyard Playhouse in an incredibly lush and beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Her roles there included Puck from Midsummer, and Lady Capulet from Romeo & Juliet.
Just after moving to Philadelphia, Laurel gave a tour de force performance as an iPhone in the new play I, Phone. Written by Josh Gulotta and directed by Amanda Claire Buckley, this mostly-one-person-show required Laurel to play a huge number of characters including all of the characters the phone-owner interacted with via calls and texts, Siri, characters in multiple games played on the phone, and even everyone in a social media feed, meaning Laurel would change characters every few seconds as the phone-owner swiped through the feed. The piece was highly choreographed, all of which Laurel devised with the director, and presented unique creative challenges (such as: how do you represent a social media feed using just a human body and basic props?) that Laurel and the director collaborated to solve.