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BIO

Lauren Helpern is an award-winning set designer based in New York City.  Her designs have been seen in critically acclaimed productions including: 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center Theater, for which she won the Lortel Award; the Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced, also at Lincoln Center; BUG, for which she and the entire production garnered the Obie Award; and numerous "Critic's Choices".   Her work has been seen on Broadway and Off, as well as regionally at theatres like La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Huntington Theatre, and Arizona Theatre Company.   She is the co-Production Designer for the web series Janice Gunter:  Ghost Hunter, and has created events and benefits for a diverse group of clients.  Ms. Helpern received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from NYU.  

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

LORTEL AWARD - 4000 MILES, 2012

OBIE AWARD - BUG, 2004

NYMF AWARD - Honorable Mention - BEND IN THE ROAD, 2013

HEWES AWARD nomination – 4000 MILES, 2012; THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, 2011; NONE OF THE ABOVE, 2003

EDDY AWARD - BLUE MAN GROUP/LIVE AT LUXOR, 2000

 

SELECTED SCENIC DESIGN

BROADWAY

VOICES IN THE DARK, Directed by Christopher Ashley, Longacre Theatre

 

OFF-BROADWAY

SKINTIGHT, Directed by Daniel Aukin, Roundabout Theater Company/Pels (upcoming)

SUNDOWN YELLOW MOON, Directed by Anne Kauffman, Ars Nova & WP Theater

A FUNNY THING…MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING, Directed by Trip Cullman, MCC

GHOST STORIES by David Mamet, Directed by Scott Zigler, Atlantic Theater Company

POCATELLO, Directed by Davis McCallum, Playwrights Horizons

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER, Directed by Leah Gardiner, Atlantic Theater Company

MODEL APARTMENT, Directed by Evan Cabnet, Primary Stages

BAD JEWS, Directed by Daniel Aukin, Roundabout Theater Company/Pels

CORE VALUES, Directed by Carolyn Cantor, Ars Nova

HIT THE WALL, Directed by Eric Hoff, Barrow Street Theater                

BETHANY Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Women's Project at City Center Stage II

DISGRACED, Directed by Kimberly Senior, LCT3 at Claire Tow Theatre

4000 MILES, Directed by Daniel Aukin, Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi Newhouse Theater

BUG, Directed by Dexter Bullard, Barrow Street Theater

 

LAS VEGAS

BLUE MAN GROUP/LIVE AT LUXOR, Directed by Blue Man Group, Luxor Hotel & Casino, NV

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Directed by Sharon Rosen, Silverton Hotel & Casino, NV & Coronet Theatre, CA

 

REGIONAL THEATRE

MUSIC CITY, Directed by Mary Catherine Burke, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, NC

SEIZE THE KING, Directed by Jaime Castaneda, La Jolla Playhouse, CA

CURVE OF DEPARTURE, Directed by Mike Donahue, South Coast Rep & Studio Theatre, DC

CHAPTER TWO, Directed by Marsha Mason, Arizona Theatre Company, AZ

A FUNNY THING…MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING, Directed by Trip Cullman, Geffen Playhouse, CA

AT THE OLD PLACE, Directed by Jaime Castaneda, La Jolla Playhouse, CA

AN ACT OF GOD, Directed by Marsha Mason, Arizona Theatre Company, AZ

TIGER STYLE!, Directed by Jaime Castaneda, La Jolla Playhouse, CA

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, Directed by Peter DuBois, Huntington Stage Company

HOW WE GOT ON, Directed by Jaime Castaneda, Cleveland Playhouse, OH

BLUE MAN GROUP (Chicago), Directed by Blue Man Group, Briar Street Theatre, Chicago, IL

BLUE MAN GROUP (Boston), Directed by Blue Man Group, Charles St. Playhouse, MA

 

OPERA

SHULAMIT, Directed by Laura Alley Dietrich, JCC Manhattan, NYC

THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Directed by Albert Sherman, Alaska Performing Arts Center, AK

 

DANCE

IT'S ALL RELATIVE, Directed by Tracy Straus, National Dance Institute, LaGuardia High School, NYC

NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE END OF YEAR CONCERT, Directed and Choreographed by Tracy Straus, LaGuardia High School, NYC

 

INDUSTRIALS AND EVENTS

TYSON GROCERANT, Produced by Green Bear Group, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. IL

92ND STREET Y GALA 2007 - 2009, Directed by Jeff Martin, 92nd Street Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall, NYC

WORLD AIDS DAY - SECRET GARDEN, Directed by Stafford Arima, Manhattan Ballroom, NYC

WORLD AIDS DAY – PIPPIN, Directed by Gabriel Barre, Manhattan Ballroom, NYC

NOTHING LIKE A DAME 2001 - 2004, various Broadway theatres, NYC

TAMIFLU FLU MEDICATION LAUNCH, Produced by The Diamond Group, National Campaign

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

OUR FAMILY'S WAY (co-design with David Gallo), Sesame Street

JANICE GUNTER:  GHOST HUNTER (co-design with Faye Armon), Directed byLuke H. Simmons, One Glass Video

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, Directed by Rick Meier, Merrill Lynch Video Network

3 CASH MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT COMMERCIALS, Directed by Bob Mirales, Merrill Lynch Video Network

CLEO'S DATE, Directed by Royal Miller, Power for Now Productions