Lauren Shouse

Assistant Professor of Theatre Directing

Lauren Shouse
(859) 361-4072
Room 102, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

T/Th: 11a-12p and W 12-4pm and by appointment. 

Degree Information

  • MFA, Northwestern University (2016)
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006)
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)

Biography

Lauren is the Assistant Professor of Theatre Directing at MTSU and is a working freelance director. Most recently, she was the Associate Artistic Director at Chicago's Northlight Theatre. Her recent directing credits include:  Something Clean with Rivendell and Sideshow Theatres, The Cake at Rivendell Theatre (nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award for best director), The Legend of Georgia McBride at Northlight Theatre, A Doll's House

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Lauren is the Assistant Professor of Theatre Directing at MTSU and is a working freelance director. Most recently, she was the Associate Artistic Director at Chicago's Northlight Theatre. Her recent directing credits include:  Something Clean with Rivendell and Sideshow Theatres, The Cake at Rivendell Theatre (nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award for best director), The Legend of Georgia McBride at Northlight Theatre, A Doll's HouseNice Girl and Betrayal at Raven Theatre; The Cake, Every Brlliant ThingAvenue Q, Rapture Blister Burn, Superior Donuts, and A Christmas Story at Nashville Repertory Theatre, Everybody, Ride the Cyclone, Fun Home and Sense and Sensibility for MTSU Centerstage Series, the world premiere of Long Way Down with 3Ps productions (nominated for American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award 2011); the world premiere of Religion and Rubber Ducks with Ovvio Arte; Parallel Lives, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Last Five Years and Chess in Concert with Street Theatre Company; the world premiere of Rear Widow at Chaffin's Barn Theatre, and Sylvia Plath’s 3 Women. As Artistic Associate at Nashville Rep, Lauren directed the Ingram New Works Play Lab and Festival, which developed new works by John Patrick Shanley, David Auburn, Steven Dietz and Victoria Stewart. Before moving to Nashville, Lauren lived in London, UK and worked with Producer/Director Hugh Wooldridge. Her work abroad includes: Production Executive for The Night of 1000 Voices (celebrating John Kander and Fred Ebb and starring Joel Grey with Avenue Q) at The Royal Albert Hall; Production Executive of An Evening with Michael Parkinson at The Theatre Royal - Windsor, Children's Director/Assistant to the Director of A Gift of Music, and Assistant Director of The Night of 1000 Voices at The Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland. Lauren holds an MA in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she adapted and directed The Time Traveler’s Wife. She received her MFA in Theatre Directing at Northwestern University where she directed Stop KissEurydice and  In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play.  In Chicago, Lauren has also worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left Theatre. (Photo credit: Joe Mazza, Brave Lux, inc.)

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Courses

Fundamentals of Play Directing

Script Analysis

Advanced Play Directing

Director and Designer Collaboration