Lauren Marissa Smith 2017-11-09T16:10:12+00:00

Lauren Marissa Smith

“Lauren Marissa Smith is a towering adversary…who is both feared as much as she is admired”
─ TheaterScene.Net

“She [Smith] slips in and out of different characters with the turn of a head or cross of the stage, which really make her shine.”
─ Club Social NYC

“Performed by a sparkling cast ….a first rate production….kudos to all involved!”
─ Talkin’ Broadway

Smith manages to navigate the sometimes harrowing subject matter with vulnerability and grace; the joys of new love and the pains of disillusionment are all laid bare”
─ Rolling Out Magazine

“16 striking performances [and] a nicely textured satirical portrait of a time, a place and endearing people”
─ New York Times

“Polly Kenton [Smith] is provocative…an apostle of cynicism”
─ DC TheaterScene.Net

Most Recent Projects

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Lauren recently played Tillie Petunia in Metropolitan Playhouse’s production of On Striver’s Row. Metropolitan is an Obie Award winning theater focused on stories from 20th Century America.

Check out Lauren’s interview with Creation Grounds here

Lauren was cast in the world premiere of acclaimed Danish author, Stig Dalager’s, Journey in Light and Shadow, with the August Strindberg Rep.

Lauren returned from Oxford University, finishing the British American Drama Academy’s (BADA)’s summer program in association with Yale University.

Lauren was cast as Doll Woman, in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of Day of Absence, the inaugural show of the 50th Anniversary season.

Resume & Reel

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RESUME HIGHLIGHTS

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • SPELMAN COLLEGE, ENGLISH BA Phi Beta Kappa Atlanta, GA
  • BADA in assoc. with YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA Midsummer at Oxford University
  • SUSAN BATSON STUDIOS Susan Batson Professional Acting Training Program (Two Years)
  • UCB Theater, 101, 201, 301, 401
  • MARISHKA PHILLIPS THEATRICAL PREPARATORY Mariskha Phillips Private Coaching

Film & Television

  • LOVE LETTER Genevieve (Lead) Dir: Marishka S. Phillips
  • CHARLIE AND DANIEL Charlie (Lead) Dir: Tony Clomax
  • BROKEN Lisa (Lead) Dir: Courtney Wattley
  • MONUMENTAL MYSTERIES Carol (Principal) Dir: Michael Roberchetti

Theatre

  • ENOUGH V05 FOR THE UNIVERSE, Antenna McCloud, New York Theater Festival; Hudson Guild
  • ON STRIVER’s ROW, Tillie Petunia, Metropolitan Playhouse
  • JOURNEY IN LIGHT AND SHADOW, Susanne Arrington, August Strindberg Rep; Gene Frankel Theater
  • Os CONFEDERADOS, Rita Cavalcanti & Milena Wright, Columbia University
  • DAY OF ABSENCE, Doll Woman & Head Operator, Negro Ensemble Company; Theater 80
  • THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD Janie Mae Crawford, Women’s One World Theater
  • COLUMBIA MFA DIRECTOR’S PROJECT, AGAMEMNON, Clytemnestra, Columbia University
  • THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD, Polly Kenton, Atlas Performing Arts Center and Access Theater
  • HOME IS SWEET SORROW, Ceola Red Feather, American Theater of Actors
  • THE KENTUCKY TRAGEDY, Ellen Reardon, Treehouse Theater
  • 140 CHARACTERS, Multiple, Dixon Place Theater
  • THE GIRLS OF SUMMER, Mattie Jackson, Actors Temple Theatre
  • THE LOMBARDI CASE 1975, Monica ‘Trixypop’ Eldridge, LiveIN Theatre
  • LATE BUS TO MECCA, Ava Gardner Johnson, Studio Theatre at Theater Row
  • THE SANCTUARY, Rita Worthington, American Theater of Actors
  • REFLECTIONS, Tonya Johnson, New Wine Box International Theater

In The Press

MY POEMS, MY VOICE, MY LIFE

Seeds

By | August 10th, 2017|

I want to die like flowers

Be beautiful, alive, vibrant
Married to the earth
Then withered and gone

Come with Me

By | August 10th, 2017|

Potential and beauty

Picture perfect outside
Tormented inside
Because of encountered cruelty

Come with Me

By | August 10th, 2017|

Potential and beauty

Picture perfect outside
Tormented inside
Because of encountered cruelty

Die Like Flowers

By | August 10th, 2017|

I want to die like flowers

Be beautiful, alive, vibrant
Married to the earth
Then withered and gone

Rebound

By | August 10th, 2017|

past the guardians of pain

you fought your way through
the rhythm of our heartbeats momentarily united

Radio Raheem

By | August 10th, 2017|

Dedicated to Orisha Love and Teniece Divya Johnson

for her words that inspired this piece
I am Radio Raheem’s boom box

My Story

“Acting colors the vibrancy of humanity with rich unmistakable distinction” – Me

Lauren is an actor, writer and producer in New York City. Her favorite roles include Janie Mae Crawford in the stage adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God. She also played Charlie in the award-winning film Charlie and Daniel, and Ava Gardner Johnson, in the one-woman show, Late Bus to Mecca, by Pearl Cleage. She most recently was cast in the Negro Ensemble Company’s revival of Day of Absence as a part of the 50th Anniversary Season and Columbia University’s original production of Os Confederados. This past winter she also originated the role of Susanne in the August Strindberg Rep Theatre’s world premiere of acclaimed Danish author, Stig Dalager’s, Journey in Light and Shadow and played Tillie Petunia in Metropolitan Playhouse’s revival of On Striver’s Row at the Metropolitan Playhouse nominated for four AUDELCO awards in 2017.

Lauren is currently the co-chair of the WOW Cafe Theater’s board. WOW is a women’s and transwomen’s theater focused on artistic freedom. She is also the co-founder of create, inc., a non profit initiative which aides in the development of African-American artists.

She is committed to telling stories through various media and outlets for the rest of her days!

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