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Lauren Lopez (born March 8, 1986) is an American actress, singer, choreographer, dancer and performed based in Los Angeles. She is best known for her work with American musical theatre company Team StarKid of which she was a founding member.

Early Life and Education[]

Lopez was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to a Jewish mother and Mexican father. She has an older brother. Lopez started competitive dancing when she was three years old and that was initially what she wanted to do when she grew up. Lopez got into theatre when she was a sophomore in high school to get her mother to stop nagging her to try it. She was cast as an understudy and maid in The Importance of Being Earnest that year. After that show, Lopez decided she wanted to continue to act in her school's plays and musicals. However, the moment she knew she wanted to be an actor was after seeing Medea (play), which Fiona Shaw starred in.

She was a goth in high school and reprised that memory by playing "Goth Party Girl" in A VHS Christmas Carol.

In 2009, she graduated from the BFA Acting program at the University of Michigan. She originally thought of herself as more of a dramatic actress before she started to get into comedy and character acting.

Work[]

Lopez has featured in a number of professional theatre productions appearing as Girl in J.B. at the University of Michigan, Saint Monica and Mother Teresa in Judas Redux: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Stage 773 in Chicago, Caliban in The Tempest at Studio/Stage Theatre, Los Angeles as part of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival and Francisca in West Side Story at Susan B. Katz Theatre in Pembroke Pines, FL.

She has also featured in a number of short films such as Clowns on Earth, Worthy and OMG She has also appeared in a number of feature length films such as The Spiral Project, Struck by Lightning and Passenger Seat. She has also featured in a number of TV series such as World's Worst Musical, Muzzled the Musical, Inside the Extras Studio, Sona and Stellar People. She also featured in an episode of Royalties, the tv series created by Darren Criss and written by Nick and Matt Lang.

Lauren has also collaborated with StarKid's sister company the Tin Can Brothers for many years. She has featured as Cynthia and Mrs Mega in Spies Are Forever, alongside choreographing the show. She also appeared as Esther in The Solve it Squad returns, a role she reprised in the live readings of The Solve It Squad Back in Biz. Lauren has also appeared in the cast of both the Tin Can Brothers' short film Idle Worship and well as their talk show comedy play We Didn't Plan to Kill Our Guest alongside appearing as Agnes Florentine in their web series Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye. She also served as first assistant director on their musical short film Flop Stoppers.

Lauren has also collaborated with Shipwrecked Comedy. She featured as in Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party as George Eliot. She is also due to appear in their web series Headless: A Sleepy Hollow Story as one of the Headless Horseman's head.

Lauren also collaborated with fellow StarKid Julia Albainin creating a comedy play called The Moms': Fannypacking Heat which she wrote and featured in.

Lauren also wrote a cookbook containing gluten and dairy-free recipes entitled These Treats Don't Suck which was published in 2013.

StarKid Productions[]

Lauren met the members of StarKid while collaborating in UoM's university's student-run theatre organization. Their first play was based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, where she played Frodo Baggins. The show succeeded in developing a working relationship among the StarKids-to-be. At that point, there was no concept that they were in some sort of troupe — they were just friends with each other in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In 2007, Lauren featured in the pre-StarKid web series Little White Lie as Tanya Freemont.

In 2009, Lauren featured in A Very Potter Musical. Despite initially being considered for the role of Hermione Granger, Lopez was cast as Draco Malfoy. The show sold out its four performances at UMich. A recorded version of the show that was posted on YouTube for family members to watch went viral and her perfomance as Draco resulted in Lopez becoming a firm fan favourite. In response to the musicals popularity StarKid Productions was formed, named after one of Lopez's lines in the show, with Lopez as one of it's founding members.

Lauren went on to reprise her role as Malfoy in A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Senior Year. Lopez has since gone on to appear in eight more StarKid musicals, 2 national tours, 2 reunions concerts, 2 seasons of the livereading series Nightmare Time as well as appearing in the livestreamed musical A VHS Christmas Carol.

Lopez also provided additional choreography for The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals as well as directing the music video for Virginity Rocks in Nightmare Time 2.

Year Production Creative Role Acting Role
2009 A Very Potter Musical N/A Draco Malfoy
2010 A Very Potter Sequel N/A Draco Malfoy
2011 Starship N/A Taz
Bugette
2012 A Very Potter Senior Year N/A Draco Malfoy
2012 Holy Musical B@man! N/A Commissioner Gordon
Calendar Man
2013 Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier N/A Monkey
Maleficent
Ensemble
2014 The Trail to Oregon! N/A Son
2016 Firebringer N/A Zazzalil
2017 Movies, Musicals, & Me N/A Carrie Jean
2018 The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals Additional Choreography Emma Perkins
Donna Daggit
Ensemble
2019 Black Friday N/A Sniggly
Emma Perkins
Linda Monroe
Jingle
2020 Nightmare Time N/A Sniggly
Alison
Madame Iris
Emma Perkins
Emma Matthews
Donna Daggit
Ensemble
2020 A VHS Christmas Carol N/A Emily Cratchit
2021 Nightmare Time 2 Director of Virginity Rocksmusic video Linda Monroe
Emma Perkins
Mary
Courtney
Ensemble
2021 VHS Christmas Carol Live! N/A Emily Cratchit

Personal Life[]

Lauren currently resides in Los Angeles with her dog Diane and her fiancé Joey Richter. The two announced their engagement in an Instagram post on July 20, 2020 where they stated they'd been in a relationship for eight years. The couple occasionally foster dogs and Lopez volunteers with A Purposeful Rescue in Los Angeles. Lauren revealed in an Instagram post in 2017 that she has dealt with clinical depression since she was 20. Lauren is a big fan of the Real Housewives franchise and enjoys puzzles and baking.

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