Lauren Goldman Marshall
playwright, director, teaching artist

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

Now registering for summer Theater of Possibility:
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Theater of Possibility's programs for neurodiverse kids, teens and adults have returned, with spring 2022 classes now underway in Seattle and Bellevue! Click here for detailed information about our summer 2022 day camp for ages 916+ at Northgate Community Center in Seattle, MF, 25 PM, July 1829.

TOP featured in podcast on Education Evolution.

Dr. Maureen O'Shaughnessy interviews TOP founding director Lauren Marshall and veteran student turned TOP teacher Jackie Moffitt in a 34-minute podcast on Education Evolution, Using Acting To Support Neurodivergency with Theater of Possibility, aired June 21, 2022.


Abraham's Land, an original musical set in Israel and Palestine, with book and lyrics by Lauren Goldman Marshall, and music and orchestrations by Roger Ames, plus additional music by David Nafissan and Paul Linnes, was produced by Theater of Possibility at the Kirkland Performance Center, July 1518, 2021. Watch the official trailer:

Directed by David Grabarkewitz, with music direction by Paul Linnes and choreography by Kathryn Van Meter and Waseem Sbait, the gripping production featured an outstanding nationally-recruited cast, including Michael Strauss, Netanel Bellaishe, Maria Habeeb, Hassan Nazari-Robati, David Studwell, Bobbi Kotula, Danya El-Kurd, Cammi Smith, and Paul Shapiro, along with a multi-ethnic, multi-generational ensemble.


 
   
 


As the first professional production to open in Washington state following the pandemic, we offered both in-person and livestream viewing, reaching audiences in 37 states and 6 countries. Subsequently, we released a video of the production, edited by Ben Kerns. 

"I watched it and wept and wept. It is unfortunately so very timely, not to mention beautiful."
- Gail von Hahmann, audience member, USA

"The writing, amazingly, did not demonize one side or the other. Rather, it showed the humanity while not shying from hard facts of what needs to be done."
- Bert Sacks, audience member, USA

Palestine Charity Team screened the film to six civic society institutions in Rafah, Gaza on January 1825, 2022.

"We will be very happy if we see peace happen through this play, which aims in all its events about peace and coexistence."
- Remas, audience member, Gaza, Palestine

Here is Palestine Charity Team's two-minute video presentation on the screenings in Gaza.

For more info on Abraham's Land, and to find out when the film will again be available for public viewing, please check out the Abraham's Land Website.

The production of Abraham's Land was supported by a grant from 4Culture and other donations.

Abraham's Land explores the human cost of the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. Theater of Possibility is accepting tax-deductible donations via Fractured Atlas to support the release of the edited film version. Donate Now!

Lauren's op-ed piece on Israel and Palestine was published in the Seattle Times on May 19, 2018.


Recent Projects:
Lauren directed a virtual film version of Pamela Gerke's original musical Nightingale: Regarding the Life and Passion of Miss Florence Nightingale.  To create this remarkable production during the pandemic, the actors were videotaped one at a time in front of a green screen and then magically edited together by  Ben Kerns. See the official trailer here:


You can watch the full Nightingale film on YouTube.

Lauren's adaptation of the Chinese tale of the Monkey King (from the epic Journey to the West) was produced by Bellevue Youth Theatre, Nov 8-17, 2019. A spunky monkey aspires to be on equal footing with the gods, and won't let authority stand in his way. Originally commissioned and produced by Seattle Public Theater for its summer youth program in 2015, it's designed for the young and young-at-heart.

Bellevue Youth Theatre cast of The Monkey King:

Theater of Possibility presents at the World Affairs Council
Four advanced students and teaching assistants from the Seattle and Bellevue teen/adult classes joined Lauren on August 1, 2019, in presenting a workshop on Theater of Possibility for a delegation of theater artists from Egypt, participating in the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on the role of independent theater in promoting social change. We had a blast doing theater games and demonstrating techniques from Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed with the highly talented Egyptian theater artists.

Theater of Possibility at Intersections Festival
The TOP advanced youth troupe performed two short pieces, Autism Therapy for Neurotypicals, by Jackie Moffitt, and Kaleidoscope, by Lauren Marshall and Pam Shane Johnson, at the Intersections Festival, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way, SW Seattle, 98106, Sunday March 25, 2018. Intersections is a comedy festival focusing on equity, inclusion and representation.

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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:

Empowering neurodiverse youth through acting and improv

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