Lauren Shepherd, a graduate of Brock University’s BA in Drama, and The University of Exeter’s MFA in Staging Shakespeare programs, is thrilled to return to Liberty Junction for another production. Her first show with LJT was in 2011, fresh home from her Masters degree in England. In the UK she studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and researched in the RSC archives in Stratford Upon Avon.
Since 2011, Lauren has worked on a number of productions with LJT as a vocal coach, director, and dialect coach. She continued her studies at U of T for a few years, earning a research bursary to travel back to the UK and research Early Modern madness at the Bethlem Archives. In 2014 Lauren launched her own theatre company, The Shakespearience Group.
In 2015, she travelled to St. John's, NL for 4 years with her husband for his medical residency. While there, Lauren's artistic flair flourished. She performed as Kala in Disney's Tarzan with Peter MacDonald Productions, in Sister Act with Atlantic Light Productions, in TRUMMP The Musical with Peter MacDonald Productions, and both fight choreographed and dialect coached PMP's production of Oliver. She also performed with NL's only professional Shakespeare Company, Perchance Theatre in the summer of 2016 playing Viola in Twelfth Night, and The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet. But her most cherished memory of her 4 years away was singing with an incredible choir, Les Ms. This choir, under the direction of Dr. Valerie Long, became her lifeline, and taught her more and more each week about the value of community and the strength and resilience of the arts community. In 2018, Les Ms were invited to join the DCINY Magnificat 2019 performance choirs under the direction of Dr. Nancy Menk, and so in March of 2019 Lauren and her family travelled alongside the choir to New York where she performed on Broadway and at the one and only Carnegie Hall; Bucket List item officially checked off!
Lauren is so grateful of the experiences she's had - truly being in the right place at the right time - and the right place for her right now, is Liberty Junction Theatre Inc. So happy to be back!