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Whether on stage, screen, paper, in person, or online, I am a storyteller. I am a big-picture person with passions for justice and creative problem-solving. I believe in maintaining a good sense of humour. From award-winning speeches and editorials to poetry chapbooks and charity albums, I devote most of my time to exploring new ideas, sounds, people, conversations, places, and stories. I am interested in little bits of everything. I am an early riser and night owl (thank you, caffeine). I am good at listening and critical thinking. I enjoy efficient, collaborative work and making people laugh. I will find the good in any situation. I am an actor and musician with experience ranging from short film and site-specific Shakespeare to Andrew Lloyd Weber and women's verbatim theatre. I serve as the Artistic Director of The Monologues Project and have written several albums under pseudonyms Lauren Elle and Moral Circus. I am currently writing and recording a charity EP for We Heart Arts, a UK-based nonprofit for young persons’ art projects. I recently moved to London and enjoy inventing desserts (current favourite: mango sticky rice), reading nonfiction in Greenwich Park, playing music with my husband, and exploring the nooks and crannies of this fantastic city.
Promoted in 9 months following customer service excellence. Eliminated cost of new hires (2014—2015) by streamlining operational, sales, and design roles. Improved onboarding capabilities by writing social media goals and objectives guide. Optimise SEO and maximise traffic, engagement, and follower conversion via relevant, goal-driven social media content. Enhance company relevance and industry contribution by managing and editing company blog and liaising with contributing writers and CMO.
Founded and directed original storytelling project spanning over 50 volunteers and performers. Directed sold-out performance after supervising complex performance project over 18 months. Designed, advertised, and hosted monthly writing workshops. Manage project website, social media accounts, and online storytelling features. Train and advise long-distance volunteer production and design teams. Conduct interviews, auditions, and rehearsals with diverse storytellers. Ensure healthy and inclusive collaboration among cast, design team, and volunteers.
Write, record, distribute and perform original music to raise awareness about WHA mission. Collaborate with other WHA contributing artists. Support youth community engagement, personal expression, and artistic development through sustained contributions to WHA.
Publish dozens of artist features and editorials. Research and pitch engaging, shareable topics to supervising editors. Consistently meet editorial calendar and self-imposed deadlines.
Managed online wardrobe and independent vintage shop for 4 years. Handpicked, advertised, and sold inventory of 300+ unique garments, housewares, and accessories. Established good working relationships with repeat customers.
Analysed alumni faith stories via 1300+ quantitative survey responses and qualitative interviews. Transcribed and interpreted 85+ pages of interview responses. Synthesised key findings and presented weekly colloquium sessions. Awarded "Top 5" researcher, showcased findings in extended final presentation.
Enhanced hospitality and events services with a small on-call team. Effectively prepared regular lodging, signage, and catering services. Performed general administrative duties.
Successfully transplanted RRFM in Goshen, Indiana, coordinating donations and events for 3 consecutive years. Trained succeeding RRFM events and volunteer coordinators.
Developed, designed, and memorised original performance program using live music and storytelling. Regularly rehearsed, performed, and travelled in small collaborative team. Successfully adapted performance program according to audience and location.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (with minors in Writing and Social Policy). Certified VORP (Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program) mediation certification (2014). Lived, studied, and served in Phnom Penh and Ba Phnom, Cambodia (Jan—Apr 2013).
"Best Performance" nominee (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival).
Delivered bi-nationally recognised speech (C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Competition).
Represented home state (Michigan) and competed nationally in Washington, D.C. (Poetry Out Loud National Competition).