Lauren is native to the Bay Area and devoted member of the local theatre community. A founding member and Artistic Associate of The San Francisco Playhouse she was the resident Casting Director for 10 years, casting all roles for the main stage and Sandbox. Favorite SF Playhouse directing credits: Significant Other by Joshua Harmon, Non-Player Character by Walt McGough, 1 2 3, a World Premiere by Lila Rose Kaplan, and The Mystery Plays by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa. Since 2003 she’s performed over 25 productions with the San Francisco Playhouse. Favorite performances include; Kate, in Seminar (TBA Award Nomination); Pilot, in Grounded; Steph, in Reasons To Be Pretty, Sally in Cabaret; Emily in Our Town; and Lisa, in The Glory of Living

In 2009, She graduated from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts under Mark Wing-Davey and Zelda Fichandler. While in New York, she worked at The Public Theatre, TACT Theatre (Off Broadway), The New York Times Theatre (Off Broadway), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Theatre, Playwrights Realm, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. 

Since returning to the Bay Area, she’s expanded her focus to include teaching, and artistic leadership. Along with private coaching, she’s co-founder of The Actors Space: a holistic, professional actor training program in union square San Francisco. She is also a Teaching Artist at ACT, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco State University, and St. Mary's College, among others. Occasionally she comes back to the stage and has also performed with The Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Festival, The Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Festival, among others. 

She is the resident casting director at The Bay Area Playwright’s Foundation. She is a two-time BATCC award winner and three-time Dean Goodman award recipient. 

Lauren English

Lauren English

Testimonials

Taylor Schilling  Actor, Netflix's  Orange Is The New Black . Film roles include: D ark Matter (2007), The Lucky One (2012), Take Me (2017), The Titan (2018)

Taylor Schilling
Actor, Netflix's Orange Is The New Black. Film roles include: Dark Matter (2007), The Lucky One (2012), Take Me (2017), The Titan (2018)

"Lauren possesses a deep intuition and vast knowledge of the acting process. She blends craft and an ineffable magic seamlessly into the work. I am awed by her ability to work with others."
-Taylor Schilling

Derek Wilson  Actor, Hulu's  Future Man , AMC's  Preacher

Derek Wilson
Actor, Hulu's Future Man, AMC's Preacher

"Having personally witnessed Lauren's work on stage, in the rehearsal room, and in the classroom, I can safely say she has a deep understanding of the process. She can help any actor - no matter their age or experience level - develop their skills and access elements of their artistry that they may not have even been aware of." 
-Derek Wilson

 
Meryl Shaw  Professional Life Coach, Former Casting Director at the American Conservatory Theatre

Meryl Shaw
Professional Life Coach,
Former Casting Director at the
American Conservatory Theatre

"When I was ready to take on an associate for my audition workshops, there was no question that Lauren would be first choice. I had been hearing from my students and clients, as well as actors in the community, how astute and generous Lauren was as a teacher and coach, and what a welcoming atmosphere she creates in auditions. She is rigorous in maintaining high standards, and she is inspiring and supportive as she cultivates excellence in students and clients, and actors that audition for her. It’s a pleasure to work side by side with Lauren and have a coaching colleague that I feel completely comfortable referring actors to." 
- Meryl Shaw

 
Tristan Cunningham  Actor, Cal Shakes, The Magic Theatre

Tristan Cunningham
Actor, Cal Shakes, The Magic Theatre

"Lauren cast me in a part I would ordinarily never get. Lauren helped guide me to find the character; she saw something in me I hadn't found yet. Her directing process is everything you want as an actor; she creates an atmosphere of safety and play but with clarity, specificity and honesty. She guides you into the work in a way where you can explore and make choices but you feel ownership of the work you are doing even though she got you there. Working with Lauren has always resulted in an incredibly heartfelt experience for me." 
-Tristan Cunningham

 
Molly Noble  Actor, Shotgun Players, SF Playhouse

Molly Noble
Actor, Shotgun Players, SF Playhouse

"Lauren is an extraordinarily intuitive coach and director. Her rigorous yet trusting approach encourages bravery and freedom in her actors. She is magical." 
- Molly Noble