Lauren Smith grew up in a small town outside of Madison, Wisconsin. Since her first dance class at 3 years old, she has dreamed of performing and being onstage. Lauren attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where she obtained a major in theatre and a minor in dance. Her college experience provided opportunities to perform roles such as Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity, Thea in Spring Awakening, and most recently, Morticia Addams in The Addams Family.
During her sophomore year, Lauren seized the opportunity to be a performance intern at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. After, she was asked to audition and was later cast as an ensemble member as well as an understudy track for the Scarecrow in their summer production of The Wizard of Oz.
Outside of performing, Lauren has a podcast where she and others share their stories of eating disorder recovery in the theatre industry and beyond. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, body diversity in theater, and acceptance for every body. Lauren hopes to make an impact by emphasizing body diversity and representation in the Chicagoland theatre industry.