Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences.
For Gracewell Productions, She recently produced on online reading of The Keys, a new play by Dorothy Lyman, and a fundraiser presentation of the play The Peal Diver, to stop Asian hate, both in partnership with Tony-Award-winning producer Pat Flicker Addiss.
In Fall of 2021, Lauren will present "Table Readings at the Palace Theater" in Waterbury, CT, with plays presented in September, October, November and December. Stay tuned for details. Sponsorships are welcome.
Lauren is Co-Founder of the CT Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women serving more than 250 throughout Connecticut and is Co-Vice President of Membership for the League in New York.
More about Lauren:
A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Lauren co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches and revues.
Her play concept, From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York in February 2018. She also produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.
Lauren trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Intensive and is a member of Theater Resources Unlimited.
She worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc.
She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. Her Broadway and off-Broadway theater reviews can be found at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com. Connecticut reviews are at The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com), her award-winning website. She also has served as contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com, a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp.com and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.
She is a former vice president and voting member of The Drama Desk, a voting member of the The Outer Critics Circle (producer for the annual awards ceremony) and The American Theater Critics Association.
In other journalism, Lauren also has served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, as a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and as a freelance writer.
A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, she lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.
Contact her at GracewellProductions@gmail.com
Lauren Yarger. Photo: Alexander Cy