Lauren Goldman Marshall
playwright, director, teaching artist

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Playwright Lauren Goldman Marshall lives in Seattle with her husband Michael Schell and their two daughters. Lauren has worked in Seattle and nationally as a playwright and theater director since the late 1980s. She has written award-winning plays and video scripts produced in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and other cities. Locally, she is best known for her hit Seattle revue Waiter, There's a Slug in My Latté, (created with composer Todd Moeller), which had over 200 performances at Seattle's Cabaret de Paris, between 1990-95. Other notable works include Abraham's Land, (a musical drama set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, originally created with Hanna Eady and composer David Nafissian); Falling Leaves (a one-act chamber opera, created with composer Michael Wartofsky); and a contemporary verse adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope, which premiered in 1999 at Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR, where it won the Portland Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production of the Season. It was subsequently produced, among other venues, in 2003, by NYU Tisch School of the Arts, directed by Timothy Douglas, and in 2011 by Arizona State University.

Lauren served as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Artistic Director of Seattle Public Theater from 1994–95 and 1997–2001, before stepping down to start a family. There, she ran SPT's educational touring program of social change plays. She oversaw the Theater's move into and first season at the Greenlake Bathhouse. Marshall and directed its acclaimed  production of Ghetto, by Joshua Sobel, to kick off its first season in the Bathhouse. Through SPT’s renowned Theater of Liberation program, she worked with Lummi Nation teens to explore strategies for conflict resolution and empowerment.

Lauren has worked with diverse youth groups, including Israeli and Palestinian teenagers, Native American teens, inner city middle and high school students, and youth with disabilities, to develop and produce original plays and/or video plays. Her play Abraham’s Land was produced, among other places, by teenagers from the Middle East at Seeds of Peace International camp in Maine. Her video scripts created with Aids Impact on teen risk reduction won Gold Medals at the New York Festivals for Non-Broadcast Media.

Lauren founded and directs Theater of Possibility (“TOP”), started in 2010, which uses applied theater techniques to practice relationships skills for youth Asperger's, autism, ADHD and other learning differences. She also co-founded Aspire Girls, a social group for girls with Asperger's.

Lauren also has written a children's picture book (illustrated by her daughter) and several published travel articles. Her article on Jerusalem during the first Intifada won the 1992 Lowell Thomas Ward for Best Newspaper Article on Foreign Travel. She also has directed numerous plays and musicals for small professional, community and school theaters.

A former arts and entertainment attorney, she obtained undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford and an M.F.A. in Music Theatre writing from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.

Currently, in 2018, Lauren is working with Hanna Eady and composer Roger Ames on a new version of Abraham's Land, building on Nafissian's original score.  She returns to this lifelong labor of love out of a conviction that a call for peace and cross-cultural understanding is especially needed at this time.   

Theater of Possibility:

Rehearsing Social Skills through Acting and Improv

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