(BFA Acting, University of British Columbia)
Current Studies: MFA Theatre, Directing
Supervisors: Stephen Heatley, Lois Anderson, and Tom Scholte
Laura’s career as an actor, singer, writer, director and producer has spanned over 30 years. In 2004, Laura founded Fugue Theatre, a theatre company dedicated to the commissioning and production of original Canadian operettas, musicals and plays with music. She ran the company for 16 years.
While primarily an actor, singer, and producer, as a director, Laura’s main interest lies in the political circumstances of oppression and in illuminating present circumstances with past events. She is particularly piqued by the Interwar Period to reflect a present-day circumstance, to enlighten and empower our diverse society, which contains individuals, who are still often underrepresented and oppressed. She wants to facilitate the path of achievement for, and also be an ally of, those who still struggle for normalcy. Laura believes theatre has the power to unite people, create a humane society, and also create an environment for us to shift our paradigms and prejudices. Believing that music plays an important role in theatre creation, since music can enhance an action, she is interested in exploring that facet at UBC.
Laura graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and received her BFA in Acting and has worked in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Vancouver acting credits include work with theatre companies such as Green Thumb Theatre, Ruby Slippers, Theatre Conspiracy and Axis Theatre. Laura has also played the (in)famous Leni Riefenstahl in Mieko Ouchi’s The Blue Light. She played the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, in Masterclass for Opera Mariposa. Laura was a co-recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award for a tour with Axis Theatre. Vancouver film and television credits include Saving Milly, The League of Lefties, Noah’s Arc and Travelers and the award-winning, independent film entitled, Floating Away. Most recently, Laura was in the TV show Ghost Wars, a feature film, Spontaneous, and a Movie of the Week entitled Stalking Mary. With Fugue Theatre, she directed Secret Service. In July of 2019, Fugue Theatre received four Jessie Richardson Awards for Les filles du roi.