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Lauren Emily Whalen

Lauren Emily Whalen is a 2018 alum of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, an Equity Membership Candidate, and author of the forthcoming YA novel Two Winters, now available for preorder. Follow her on Twitter @laurenemilywri.

All the World’s A Couch

Many of us are taking meetings from our couches, but for some, our living room furniture has also become a stage. Julia Giolzetti’s Sofa Shakespeare gives actors of all backgrounds and résumé lengths the opportunity to perform; each volunteer actor provides a minute-long clip from a play, which Giolzetti then gathers and lovingly stitches together to create a full work to share online as free theater.

IndieSpace Gives the New York Theater Scene Exactly What It Needs

“We’re still in the middle of a pandemic,” the co-founder and Executive Director of IndieSpace reflected. “Artists are still reeling … there’s a deep impact on mental health and feelings of stability and safety, and their work hasn’t come back at one hundred percent. We can’t stop supporting artists where they’re at.”


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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