Teacher Spotlight: Lauren Lay

Doug GoldringCommunity, Training

We’d love to introduce you to one of our incredible TBG teaching artists, Lauren Lay! Read our interview with her below…

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

LL: I love welcoming people to this world of acting, which feels so grand and mystical, and distilling it down to something very grounded and real. Innate. Acting class is one big celebration of our humanity, and I love creating an environment where we simply practice behaving authentically. (Something most of us have a hard time doing in our day-to-day lives.) It’s such a joyous way to spend my days, and I do not take it for granted.

What is a TBG tool you love to use in your own acting journey?

LL: I tend to work from a place of “Just Say It,” “Break the Patterns,” and “It’s Called a Play.” These tools give name to the things that happened naturally for me before college and other training had me bogged down in technique and over-complicated “acting.” Know your lines, go with your impulses, and have fun. (I mean, rock OUT and full SEND!) Wherever each brand new go takes you. Elle Woods said it best, “What? Like it’s hard?”

What is a project that you’ve been a part of that you are proud of?

LL: During the pandemic, I produced my first film project under my own company. I wrote and starred in it with my best friend. Sitting in a cinema and watching that on the big screen, I was distinctly proud of the clear and compelling story we told. I realized I’m a writer. I’ve taken a few years to live life, (producing is not for the faint of heart!) but a new story is bubbling up and threatening to spill out. You’ve been warned!

To take a class with Lauren, try 1-Week Kids Musical Theatre Camp (ages 6-9) starting 7/1, 1-Week Kids Acting Camp (ages 6 – 9) starting 7/22, or 1-Week Tween Acting Camp (ages 10-13) starting 7/29.

Check out TBG’s full schedule of classes!