Lauren Taslitz is a lyricist-librettist who lives in Chicago and New York. Writing credits include: Regretting Almost Everything (Barrington Stage and Feinstein’s/54 Below), Join the Club (The Evanston Arts Center and The Skokie Theatre), After They’ve Gone (Porchlight Music Theatre), You Gave Me A Sheep (National Asian Artists Project), A Statue of Stature (Prospect Theatre Company) and In My Book (Coastal Carolina University). Musicals in development include: Mimosa (Winner, NAMT 15 Minute New Musical Competition, 2020), Bak Chang (Commission, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), and For the Birds. Her musical, The Quantification of Relative Human Insignificance, was a finalist for Signature Theatre’s Sigworks in 2016, and Lauren and composer Danny Ursetti were Dramatist Guild Fellows finalists in 2019.
Lauren has been in residence at MacDowell (2020), The Johnny Mercer Writer’s Grove at Goodspeed Musicals (2019), The 5th Avenue Theatre Seattle (2018-2019), Coastal Carolina University (2019), The Barrington Stage Company (2018), and The Catwalk Institute (2017),. Her work has been performed at Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, Barrington Stage, other venues in New York and Chicago.
Lauren has an MFA from NYU Tisch, a JD from Harvard Law School, a BS from Princeton University and a certificate of completion from The Second City Writing Program. She is currently assisting William Finn in a private Master Class in Lyric Writing and is a (virtual) Teaching Artist at Michigan State University, where she and composer Danny Ursetti are developing their new musical, Mimosa . Lauren is a member of The Dramatist’s Guild, ASCAP, The Women, Trans and Gender-Non-Conforming Roundtable at The Musical Theatre Factory, and a founding member of Home Brewed Collective.
Lauren has a long-time partner, a mom, three adult children, two grandkids, and three dogs. In a past life, she was in-house council at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School in NYC and served on the AIDS Committee of The Greater New York Hospital Association. She also spent years writing comedic sketches for community theater. Recently, she has started talking to trees. Most importantly, she wakes up every morning grateful to be doing what she’s doing and honored that her writing partners choose to write with her.