My name is Lauren and I have over 7 years of professional experience working in the theater scene in New York City and regionally. I have in multiple theater Off-Broadway and have been the associate and assistant director to many Tony winning directors including Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown).
Before the pandemic, I was hired as an Audition Moderator at One-on-One, helping decide which hopeful actors were ready to take these advanced classes. Unfortunately, there is not work for me at the moment there - but I still want to work with students who are looking to begin or improve upon their acting! I specialize in Script Analysis, Acting for the Camera, Character Development, Monologue and Scenework, as well as Audition Technique.
I am willing to travel to work outdoors or masked in my student's home. I also have a large outdoor back space at my apartment in Brooklyn where we can work safely, unmasked but socially distant. We can also work online for a discounted rate.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Lauren Zeftel received her B.F.A. in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and will be pursuing her Masters in Directing at Brooklyn College beginning Fall 2021.
Lauren served as the Associate Director on the 2017-2018 national tour of Bess Wohl's SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (dir. Rachel Chavkin; Maximum Entertainment; Ars Nova production) and the Associate Director on James + Jerome's INK: A PIECE FOR MUSEUMS (dir. Rachel Chavkin + Annie Tippe; The Metropolitan Museum of Art) as part of The Public's 2018 Under the Radar Festival .
Lauren has directed and developed work at institutions including: Ars Nova; Williamstown Theater Festival; Laguardia Performing Arts Center; The Drama League; Access Theater; The Flea; The New Ohio; IATI; as well as the writing MFA programs at NYU and Columbia. In addition, she is a resident director and co-producer at PLAYxPLAY.
More at: www.LaurenZA.me
Lauren is very, very smart, with an ebullient and inclusive sense of humor. She connects with people and works with great emotional sensitivity.
She is very insightful and kind. Great, useful feedback.
I have had the pleasure of working with Lauren as an actor in her productions on two occasions now: once during a summer at Williamstown Theater Festival and then again as part of Ars Nova’s annual ANT Fest right after I graduated from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Lauren has a keen eye for helping to bring an actor’s full self to the work of embodying a character. She is able to speak to the specificity and sense of detail that the process of building a character requires as well as effectively communicate how the character fits into the larger story being told. To put it simply: she is an actor‘s director. She sees the big picture but she also cherishes and admires the intimate, personal work that actors do and is thus a dream collaborator. Lauren creates a working environment that feels truly safe, exploratory, invigorating, collaborative, non-judgmental, and fun. She sees people for their best qualities and has a great respect for the scared craft that is making theater. I can’t recommend working with her enough.
Working with Lauren was a pleasure. She was clear and articulate in her analysis of the material. She has the rare ability of tailoring notes to different actors depending on their style. Most importantly, she respects actors and their creative process. Working with her always felt like a collaboration and never a command to rigidly execute a vision. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat!
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