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Lauren Du Pree

County: King County




Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) 2021
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Lauren Du Pree is an actor, vocalist, writer, and filmmaker from Seattle, WA. After studying musical theatre at Howard University, she began working at theaters like The Kennedy Center, 5th Avenue Theatre, and Ford’s Theatre, until her failing health prophetically revealed how she’d been dimming her light to fit into an industry that was never created with her in mind. These health issues felt like an obstacle in the way of her purpose but refocusing revealed her greatest strength was in her biggest perceived weakness. She began sharing her healing journey through her blog and started writing the stories she wasn’t allowed to tell as an actor. The lessons we learn during life’s challenges equip us to help others; that is the purpose of her work. Art should make us feel a little more seen and a little less alone. Most importantly, it is a tool for positive change. 
 Past credits include Orphie in Orphie And The Book Of Heroes (The Kennedy Center), Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre (Ragtime, Annie, Rock of Ages, The Pajama Game), and Village Theatre (Dreamgirls, My Heart is the Drum, String). Lauren is an original cast member of the PBS show Biz Kid$ and is in the feature film East of the Mountains. Her original work includes A Night With Just Du Pree, Untitled: A Quarantine Playlist, her alter ego, Carmen with a K, who was featured in the Sovereign Film Festival 2020, and Atopic, a musical feature film about a debilitating skin condition which is currently in development. 

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