Laurel Andersen (she/they) is an NYC-based actor, singer, director, playwright, and sometimes-songwriter.
Originally from the Los Angeles area (she grew up in the South Bay!), Laurel's work with young NYC theatre companies (including Turn to Flesh Productions; Isle of Shoals; Match: Lit; Barefoot Shakespeare; Company of Fools; Infinite Variety Productions; the Tank; Everyday Inferno Theatre Company; Occupy Verona, etc) encompasses both reimaginings/repurposings of classical texts (often to center women and queer people), & the development of new work.
Laurel is a self-described genre nerd who loves fantasy and historical fiction -- especially when it is inclusive of queer folx. They're also a huge sap for stories about friendship, love and the magic in everyday things. And cats. (Cats are definitely magical.)
returns for Season 2!
Laurel returns as queer cultural anthropologist JODIE in this award-winning comedy web series about an unlikely group of friends surviving the zombie apocalypse.
Season 1 was filmed remotely over Zoom -- Season 2 expands the story's scale and scope and brings the action IN-PERSON!
Learn more at: dead-enders.com.
WHAT'S ON NOW
Laurel is thrilled to return to the Players Theatre this Autumn to play KATRINA in SLEEPY HOLLOW: THE MUSICAL!
Artistic Associate at Match: Lit
Cast member (in rotating rep) of The Drunk Texts (formerly Drunk Restoration Comedy)
THE BAKER'S WIFE in INTO THE WOODS at Playhouse on Park/Connecticut Shakespeare Festival
PUCK/BOTTOM/LYSANDER/DEMETRIUS in SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREAM SCHEME at Playhouse on Park/Connecticut Shakespeare Festival
CHARLOTTE in CINDERELLA: THE MUSICAL at the Players Theatre
BRUTUS in Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR with Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company.
Asher in METEOR(ITE) by Lindsay Hope Simon for Women's Theatre Festival (Occupy the Stage)
Laurel's short play, SIX AUTUMNS ON THE HUDSON, has been named a Finalist in Full Circle Players' New Play Festival (which received a public online reading with the company in May of 2021). SIX AUTUMNS was also named a Finalist in The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Bake Off (2020), and had a public developmental reading with Infinite Variety Productions (2021).
Laurel's one-act play GREEN GLASS DREAMS had a virtual workshop production with SPIT AND VIGOR on March 5th, 8pm EST.
Laurel's short play, RADIO HOUR, had a virtual production with Team Theatre.
DISPATCHES FROM THE GREY, written specifically for digital platforms, premiered at Match: Lit's Screen: Lit Series (Playwright), directed by Owen Grayson Schiller