Northlight Theatre Announces Lauren Shouse as New Artistic Associate

by Michael Eddy
Northlight's Artistic Associate, Lauren Shouse
Northlight's Artistic Associate, Lauren Shouse

Chicago’s Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces Lauren Shouse as the company’s new Artistic Associate. Shouse was appointed Northlight Theatre’s Literary Manager in January 2016 and previously served as a dramaturgy consultant for the company in 2015. She is slated to direct Northlight's production of The Legend of Georgia McBride in the 2017-18 Season.

“Lauren Shouse is the first full-time Artistic Associate at Northlight, and we are fortunate to have her,” BJ Jones comments. “I've seen her work at Northwestern, where she earned her MFA, as well as her Off Loop directing projects. Her skill with new plays as evidenced by her work on Jessica Thebus' Shining Lives, and my production of Faceless, has been invaluable. Her aesthetic, unflagging energy and her dedication to Northlight makes her a perfect fit.” 

Prior to her work with Northlight, Shouse was Artistic Associate at Nashville Repertory Theatre where she managed the literary department and served as the resident dramaturg. At Nashville Rep, Shouse directed the Ingram New Works Play Lab and Festival, which developed new works by John Patrick Shanley, David Auburn, Steven Dietz, and Victoria Stewart. Shouse also co-founded Ten Minute Playhouse Nashville, a company that produced short plays by local playwrights. Before moving to Nashville, Shouse worked in London with Producer/Director Hugh Wooldridge. Her work abroad includes: Production Executive for The Night of 1000 Voices (celebrating John Kander and Fred Ebb and starring Joel Grey with Avenue Q) at The Royal Albert Hall; Production Executive of An Evening with Michael Parkinson at The Theatre Royal - Windsor, Children's Director/ Assistant to the Director of A Gift of Music, and Assistant Director of The Night of 1000 Voices at The Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland.

Shouse’s recent directing credits include Betrayal at Raven Theatre; ​Rapture, Blister, BurnSuperior Donuts, and A Christmas Story at Nashville Repertory Theatre​; the world premiere of Long Way Down with 3Ps productions (nominated for American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award 2011); the world premiere of Religion and Rubber Ducks with Ovvio Arte; Parallel LivesThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Last Five Years and Chess in Concert with Street Theatre Company; the world premiere of Rear Widow at Chaffin's Barn Theatre, and Sylvia Plath’s 3 Women.

Shouse holds an MA in Performance studies from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill where she adapted and directed The Time Traveler’s Wife. She received her MFA in theatre directing at Northwestern University where she directed Stop KissEurydice and In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play. In Chicago, Shouse has also worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Rivendell Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Route 66, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left Theatre.

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