Lauren Goldman Marshall
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Welcome to the home page of author, playwright and director Lauren Goldman Marshall.

Recent News:

New, summer 2016: Lauren is offering Theater of Possibility: Celebrating Neurodiveristy, an Adult Master Class on applying theater techniques to working with youth and adults with autism spectrum and other ability differences.  This workshop is geared toward teachers, therapists, counselors, parents, students, and adults with autism spctrum or other ability differences. (Participants must be able to participate independently in structured group activities and should feel comfortble talking about differences.) Fri-Sun, June 3-5, 2016.  George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th St., Seattle, 98125.  $195 (students $125) or pay what you can.  Application pending for Washington State Educator Clock Hours.  Contact Lauren Marshall  to register.  This program is offered with assistance from Silver Kite Community Arts. http://www.silverkite.us/

 

Please check back soon for dates of two week summer half-day camp for kids in August.

 

Lauren's new musical-in-progress, Fixing Einstein, with book and lyrics by Lauren and music by Ian Williams, was presented in a workshop reading by the 5th Avenue Theater on July 25, 2015. as part of its Next Fest-2015.  A one-act version of the piece was previously presented January 31, 2014. Lauren is one of six artists selected into the inaugural 2013–15 Fifth Avenue Theatre's Seattle Writer's Group for the development of new musicals.

Lauren's new adaptation of the Chinese classic The Monkey King was performed by youth, grades 5–8, at Seattle Public Theater, August 7–9, 2015, directed by Kelly Kitchens.

Lauren has been selected for the Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster for teaching artists working in the public schools.

Theater of Possibility - Sand Point Youth troupe performs The Rude Princess, a mini-play loosely inspired by The Taming of the Shrew (but with an ending that won't make women cringe), at the downtown Seattle Public Library as part of the Shakespeare First Folio celebration, on Saturday March 26, at 2 PM and Sunday, April 3 at 3 PM.  https://www.solid-ground.org/the-rude-princess-sand-point-housing-youth-reach-for-the-top/

 

Theater of Possibility Winter-Spring  2016:  

Classes start January 28, 2016Contact Lauren Marshall  to register

Founded in 2010, Theater of Possibility ("TOP") is an inclusion program, serving a wide variety of youth, including those with autism spectrum and other learning differences or disabilities.

TOP received a Youth Arts Award for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for 2015-16!  This is the third year TOP has been funded to support programming for middle and high school students in Seattle.  In addition to the programs below, this grant will support a Sept-May weekly after-school program for youth living in Sand Point Housing.

TOP 2016 programs at a glance:

Winter–Spring 2016 - Teen/Young Adult Class:

  • Thursdays, 4:15–5:45 PM, 16 sessions, January 28 to May 12(skipping April 14 for spring break), plus Friday, May 13.
  • Evening showcase on Friday, May 13 (tentatively this session will run 4–8 PM for rehearsal, potluck & performance)
  • University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, 98103
  • Ages 13–25
  • Cost $600.00
  • Partial scholarships and pay-what-you can available

Winter–Spring 2016 - Kid/Tween Class:

  • Thursdays, 6:00–7:00 PM, 15 sessions, January 28 to May 12, skipping April 14 (spring break).
  • Evening showcase on Thursday, May 12 (tentatively this session will run 5:30–8 PM for rehearsal, potluck & performance)
  • University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, 98103
  • Ages 8–13
  • Cost $450
  • Partial scholarships and pay-what-you can available

Check out the January 2013 issue of Seattle's Child for a feature article on Theater of Possibility. A nice article also appeared in September 2012 in the neighborhood blog Wallyhood.

Also check out these blogs by Susan Moffitt, TOP parent:

Click here for more detailed information about TOP.

Playwriting & Other News:

Lauren assistant directed Oklahoma! for the Woodland Park Players 2016 innaugeral production.

 

Lauren's essay A Family Flower Garden, was published in  Asian Jewish Life, October, 2014, and her commentary on The Mikado, was published in Crosscut.. August 26. 2014.

Lauren presented two original short pieces at Seattle Public Theater's Knotty Words: An Evening of Inappropriate Poetry and Prose, on March 21, 2014. Emily Purrington joined with Lauren to read When Will I Need a Bra?," conceived by and co-written with Lauren's daughter Hannah Marschell.

Morning Sun, by Lauren Marshall (lyricist) and Michael Wartofksy (composer), from their one-act chamber opera Falling Leaves, was presented as part of July LezCab: New Works, July 21, 2013, at the Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar in New York City.

Lauren's one-act play Finding Pluie, about the adventures of a lost water drop, had another production in May, 2015 by the kindergarten and first grades classes at Spruce Street School. This play has become a regular fixture at Spruce Street School, where it was previously produced in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Designed to entertain and teach kids about the water cycle, the play features original music by Chris Ballew, of Caspar Babypants, and the band Presidents of the United States of America.

Lauren's contemporary adaptation of Molière's The Misanthrope was produced by the Arizona State University School of Theatre and Film in Tempe, AZ in November–December 2011.

Her play Abraham's Land, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was given a staged reading at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, in October 2011.

Lauren co-directed 4th and 5th graders at Spruce Street School in Twelfth Night , June 2012 and in A Midsummer Night's Dream, June 2011.
 


My Beautiful Bow: An Adoption Story is available through bookstores and many online vendors, including Amazon.com.  Click here for a description of this picture book for children.


Theater of Possibility:

Rehearsing Social Skills through Acting and Improv

Click here for 2015-16 information


Original Material and Coding Copyright © 2010–16 by Lauren Goldman Marshall. All Rights Reserved.