Lauren Worsham

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Lauren Worsham
Born (1982-04-04) April 4, 1982 (age 39)
Austin, Texas, United States
GenresOpera, glam rock, broadway, rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active2005–present

Lauren Tolbert Worsham (born April 4, 1982)[1] is an American actress and singer known for her work in the opera and musical theatre. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. She is also known for being the lead singer of the band Sky-Pony, which has released two albums with original songs titled "Say You Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Raptured Live."[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Worsham is the daughter of Belinda (née Petty) and Dennis Worsham, who works in real estate. She was raised in Austin, Texas, United States, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in Spanish. While at Yale, she was involved with theatre and music, and performed with the acapella group, Shades. During a summer at Yale she traveled to Scotland to perform theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has a brother, Parker Ainsworth, who is also a musician.

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

One of Worsham's first jobs was in 2005 working at the Shubert Theatre during Spamalot. She also worked for several years as a personal assistant for Tony winning Broadway producer Ruth Hendel. In 2006, she played the role of Olive Ostrovsky in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee that was played on Broadway by Celia Keenan-Bolger.

In 2008, she was cast as Cunégonde in the New York City Opera production of Candide and also played Clara Johnson in the Weston Playhouse production of The Light in the Piazza. In 2009, Worsham competed in the Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, placing second.[3] Also in 2009 she appeared in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Master Class as Sophie de Palma and in Kansas City Rep's production of Into the Woods as Cinderella.

In 2010, she played the lead role of Lili Daurier in Carnival! at the Goodspeed Opera House. In 2012, Worsham earned critical acclaim for originating the role of Lisa in the opera Dog Days and in 2013 she played Flora in the New York City Opera's production of The Turn of the Screw.[4]

In 2014 she made her Broadway debut as Phoebe D'Ysquith in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, for which she was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[5] Worsham won the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (in a tie with Anika Larsen) for this role.[6] In November 2014 she made her New York Philharmonic debut as Magnolia in a revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat.[7]

Worsham created a theatre company titled The Coterie with Royce Vavrek that creates and performs original works.

Film[edit]

Worsham appeared in The Last Day of August as Lisa and Saint Janet as Kim.

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, she married Kyle Jarrow. The couple are frequent collaborators and reside in Brooklyn, New York. In December 2015, Worsham and Jarrow announced they were expecting their first child.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Person Details for Lauren T Worsham, "United States Public Records, 1970–2009"". Familysearch.org. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Bumping Off Kin, a Song in Your Heart". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Tony Nomination for Lenya Competition Winner". Kwf.org. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Scott Barnes (October 2016). "Sound Bites: Lauren Worsham". Opera News.
  5. ^ "68th Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Gentleman's Guide Leads the Pack". Playbill.com. April 29, 2014. Archived from the original on May 30, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Winners of 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards Announced; Gentleman's Guide and All The Way Win Top Prizes". Playbill.com. June 1, 2014. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe. "'Show Boat,' theater review". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 8, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Lauren Worsham makes exciting announcement Retrieved December 23, 2015
  9. ^ "Lauren Worsham turns the screws for City Opera". Timeout.com. February 17, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Tap Night proceeds, politely". Yaledailynews.com. September 26, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Chitty Chitty Chat with Lauren Worsham". Operagasm. August 28, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Tony Award nominee Lauren Worsham sings theater, opera and rock". NJ.com. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "DIVA TALK: A Chat With A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Star Lauren Worsham". Playbill.com. February 7, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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