For six years, Laura served as the Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago (2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award.) While leading the company, Lookingglass completed a successful eight million dollar capital campaign and opened its theatre in Chicago’s historic landmarked Water Tower Water Works. During this time, she also edited the company’s 15 year retrospective book, Looking Forward, Looking Back, Lookingglass to coincide with the theater’s opening.
Laura began her professional career as an actor, originating roles in all of the early work by director Mary Zimmerman (Tony-winner, MacArthur "Genius" and Lookingglass Ensemble member) including The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Godiva, among others. Her New York acting credits include productions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center and Metamorphoses on Broadway. As an Ensemble Member of Lookingglass, she appeared in fifteen world premieres including The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights (Jeff Award, Best Production), the musical La Luna Muda (also co-writer of music/lyrics) and Hard Times (Jeff Award, Best Production). Regional credits include productions at the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theaters (Chicago), Actor’s Gang (LA), Arden Theatre (PA), Berkeley Rep (CA), Seattle Rep (WA) and McCarter (NJ), among others. She finished her acting career on a high note, playing Emily Webb opposite David Schwimmer's George Gibbs in Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of Our Town directed by Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus.
During her tenure as Artistic Director, Laura oversaw the development and production of more than a dozen world-premieres including three productions by Lookingglass ensemble member and Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman and Heidi Stillman’s adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times, a Jeff award winner for Best Production, published by Northwestern University Press.
She also served as Lookingglass’ Co-Director of Artistic Development and Literary Manager working with artists to develop new plays and adaptations.
For five years, Laura was a singer, songwriter and bass player for the Chicago power pop band, Tart. Formed with singer, songwriter and guitarist Joy Gregory, the band played such venerable venues as The Empty Bottle. The Metro, The Double Door and Lounge Ax (RIP). Tart released two singles on Sweet Pea Records and a self-released CD called Start. Tart’s original lineup was Laura, Joy and drummer Michael Lenzi. Rick Karr joined the band as lead guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter. When Lenzi left to tour with his band, Number One Cup, drummer Mike “Slam” Sankowski joined and completed Tart’s final lineup.
As a composer, Laura wrote/co-wrote music and/or lyrics for the Lookingglass productions of La Luna Muda, Vanishing Twin, Metamorphosis (shared Jeff Award Nom for Original Music), Her Name Was Danger, 28, Secret in the Wings and All Souls Day.
Laura did some circus in the Lookingglass productions of Hard Times, La Luna Muda (pictured right) and Master and Margarita including lyra, Spanish web & trapeze.
As a director for the stage, Laura's credits include several of her plays at Lookingglass Theatre, including ETHAN FROME (pictured left), AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Jeff Nomination for Best Production), IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (Jeff Award, New Work) and 28. Also for Lookingglass, she directed Joy Gregory's DREAMING LUCIA, David Catlin's LOOKINGGLASS HAMLET, ROMEO AND JULIET and J. Nicole Brooks' adaptation of Racine’s Phedra, FEDRA: Queen of Hati. Other direction credits include AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Baltimore Centerstage and Kansas City Rep. Most recently, she directed a workshop of UNKNOWN SOLDIER by Danny Goldstein and Michael Friedman at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference.