Laurel Andersen (she/they) is an NYC-based actor, 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.)
WHAT'S ON NOW
Laurel is thrilled to announce that they will be joining the CONNECTICUT SHAKESPEARE COMPANY's inaugural season this summer! Laurel will appear in INTO THE WOODS (The Baker's Wife) and SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREAM SCHEME (Actor C). CSF's season runs July 7-August 22, 2021; more info and tickets are available here.
Artistic Associate at Match: Lit
Cast member (in rotating rep) of The Drunk Texts (formerly Drunk Restoration Comedy)
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 scope and brings the action IN-PERSON!
Learn more at: dead-enders.com.
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
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)
Judy/Jenny in CONNECTING by Nicole Martinez, for Match: Lit's Screen: Lit Series
AJ in WEEKEND by Zac Kline for Going Viral Festival (Actor)