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Lauren Stevens (she/her) is an artistic multi-hyphenate passionate about performing, directing, and producing for both theater and film. 

Born and raised in Laguna Niguel, California, Lauren discovered her love for performance at a young age through her local community theater. She began taking acting and dance classes, performing in plays and musicals, and even went on to achieve national recognition as a competitive tap dancer. 

Lauren’s passion for the arts continued as she grew interested in other areas beyond performing. In addition to acting, she directed and choreographed plays and musicals, received awards in both costume design and hair-and-makeup design, and began teaching acting, dancing, and singing classes to young children. Lauren developed a love for the entire artistic process and was eager to incorporate all facets of the art form into her creative work. 

Lauren attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where she received a BA in Theater with an emphasis in Musical Theater and Directing. In addition to UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theater program, Lauren also joined the UCLA Directing Continuum where she studied both Classical and Contemporary directing and worked as an Assistant Director at the Geffen Playhouse. 

In 2020, she founded Out of the Blue Theater Company, a new group specializing in new experimental and immersive work. She acted as the Artistic Director for three years and helped produce and direct several shows including a virtual immersive murder mystery and a devised documentary-style monologue piece.

As Lauren began to explore new artistic mediums, she developed a passion for film and television both as a director and actor. She directed several full-length films throughout the pandemic and most recently directed her first short film June, a queer bilingual coming-of-age story which debuted at the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival.

At heart, Lauren is a musical theater nerd who is passionate about the joyous and healing nature of art. She believes her interdisciplinary creative work gives her a holistic approach to all of her artistic pursuits. Lauren loves telling stories that are personal and authentic to her, whether they are about queer characters or oldest siblings. In her free time, she enjoys cooking gluten-free recipes, working on the New York Times crossword, and listening to Stephen Sondheim (her top Spotify artist for 2 years running).

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