Ellen Lauren


Ms. Lauren is a founding member and Co-artistic director. SITI Company credits 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, Orestes, American Document with Martha Graham Dance Co. A Rite(Meditations on The Rite of Spring) with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. National venues and international Festivals include: Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano, BAM Next Wave, Nordic Theater, Jerusalem, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, and Singapore Festivals; Wexner, Krannert and Walker Center for the Arts; In NY; New York Live Arts, New York Theater Workshop, The Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, Miller, Public, Lincoln Center, and Joyce Theater. Regional credits with SITI include: San Jose Rep, ARTCambridge, Court Theatre Chicago, Alabama Shakespeare, and Actors Theatre of Louisville: (including Picnic, Adding Machine, Hay Fever, Miss Julie, Private Lives). She head of SITI’s Education programming and helped conduct ongoing Training residencies in over 250 institutions and theaters in the US and abroad for over 23 years, including-Royal Shakespeare Company, Teatro Abadia Madrid, The Le Coq School and Micadanses in Paris, and the Nordic Theater Festival, Aberystwyth Wales,  

Additional credits include The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera -(Kosovar Award for Anna II) Marina, a Captive Spirit, all with Anne Bogart. She was a resident company member: StageWest, Mass. (5 years), The Milwaukee Repertory (5 years), The Alley Theatre, Houston (2 years).

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.

 Associate Artist with The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki. Roles include; Agave in Dionysus for over 15 years. Other credits under the direction of Suzuki include; Jocasta in Oedipus, Juliet in Waiting for Romeo, and Goneril in King Lear, most recently performing at the Kichijoji Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

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 an ongoing faculty member at the The Juilliard School of Drama since 1995 teaching the Suzuki Training, and directed Ellen Mclaughlin’s Iphigenia and Other Sisters for Group 44 in their graduating year. She is a recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement (2008-2010). Ms. 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 currently at work on a book about her experience with the Suzuki Company, The Invisible Body.