ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
is a multidisciplinary artist born in Calgary, Alberta, on Treaty 7 territory. Lauren began her artistic journey training in various dance styles at age 3. In 2021 she graduated from the BFA in Acting program with distinction at the University of Alberta and entered the Alberta arts community. Lauren is currently training through One Yellow Rabbit’s, Beautiful Young Artists program with Denise Clark.
As a creator Lauren is known for her combination of clown and contemporary dance. Lauren has developed her process through research, online workshops with Jan Henderson, self-created work, and mentorship from Michael Kennard. In 2021 Lauren received a Canada Council Grant to pursue clown training with John Turner, Karen Hines, and Michael Kennard (The team of Mump & Smoot). This past summer Lauren came from One North Clown & Creation, where she further studied Mask & Clown with John Turner. Most recently Lauren was commissioned to create a dance clown film for the Vancouver FORM Film Festival which premiered in November 2022.
Lauren has made various works in festivals across Canada including, Vancouver FORM Festival, Play the Fool, The Nextfest Festival, Fluid Festival & The Common Clown festival.
Lauren is also the Co-Creator of Shakespeare’s Hunnies; a website/blog focused on sharing emerging artist’s work and creating a greater community.
ZAC STROM (they/them)
is a queer theatre artist and recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA in Acting program. Interested particularly in new and developing work, Zac is excited to collaborate with and support artists who share their passion for theatre that is fearless, fresh, and sometimes a bit messy. Despite their background in performance, Zac has a continued desire to explore a variety of disciplines, with the belief that all experience will inform and broaden their artistry.
Performance Credits: The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary), The Lobbyists (Azimuth Theatre), Play That One Again (Lunchbox Theatre), Torpor Temper (Art Apart). Dracula (Studio Theatre)
Other Credits: Director – Creature of Habit (Azimuth Theatre, upcoming), Director – Pressure (GemmaTone Productions), Sound Designer – New Mythic Works Series (Thousand Faces Festival), Sound Designer – The Parade (Honest Bandits Theatre), Production Assistant – CAKE (Light Film Collective)