Laura has loved performing since she was a child growing up between Charlottesville, Virginia, and Salisbury, England. Her first paying gig was as a very fearsome dragon in a mummers play as part of the “Feast Before Forks” in Charlottesville when she was five years old.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Theatre and English Literature at Middlebury College, Laura spent a year on tour with Olney Theatre Center’s National Players. She played two roles in rep, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew and Lucy in Dracula, and taught workshops on Acting and Shakespeare to high school students. She subsequently rejoined National Players for two of their summer tours playing Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Ariel in The Tempest.
After returning from tour, Laura chose Washington, DC as her home base, and some of her favorite roles in the DC area have included Lydia Bennet in Pride & Prejudice with Round House Theatre, Olivia in Twelfth Night with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, The Bird in Peter and the Wolf with Synetic Family Theatre, and participating in the initial reading of Christmas Carol 1941 for Arena Stage. Other companies she has worked with locally include Imagination Stage, Venus Theatre, Deviated Theatre, Pallas Theatre Collective, Ashlawn Opera Festival and American Century Theatre.
She also had the fantastic opportunity to spend a summer at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where she completed their Shakespeare Certificate Program under the tutelage of Peter Oyston and Nona Shepard.
Just a short time ago, Laura received her MFA from The Shakespeare Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University, where she had the good fortune of studying with an amazing faculty that included Michael Kahn, Gary Logan, Edward Gero and Floyd King.
Since graduation Laura has worked for regional companies across the country including Kentucky Shakespeare, Henley Street Theatre, Shakespeare in the Valley, Adirondack Shakespeare Company and Richmond Shakespeare, and she looks forward to seeing what theatrical adventures lie ahead!