"The most prominent feature of Lauren Helpern's flexible and imaginative scenic design is an upstage bar, which is actually full service, selling drinks and snacks to patrons starting about 45 minutes prior to curtain."
-- Bloomington Herald-Times
"As you enter the upstairs theatre of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium for the Cardinal Stage Company’s 'Murder Ballad', your first sight is of a pinball machine on your right. To the left is the bar. It’s a hefty piece with the usual back lit liquor bottles and a good sized mirror. There’s a pool table up ahead. On the right is a cramped band stand. Scattered around the room are two top and four top tables. The place is dark. The lighting is low. It has a nice crummy feel.
If you’re like me, as you sit with your preshow drink admiring the décor. You’re wondering how in the world Cardinal’s crew got designer Lauren Helpern’s bar and pool table up to the theatre and where in the world they got all the authentic looking pressed tin for the wall."
-- Indiana public media
THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Produced by Anchorage Opera
Directed by Albert Sherman
Costumes by Daniel Cole
Lighting by Lauren M. Miller
Discovery Theatre/Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
"...aided by Albert Sherman's excellent, well paced staging and a simple colorful set by Lauren Helpern. From the opening notes to the finale, ensemble and crew pulled off a brilliant evening."
-- Anchorage Press
Written by Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman
Music by Benjamin Rosenbluth
Directed by Annette Jolles
Costumes by Gail Baldoni
Lights by Chris Dallos
Sound by Jim van Bergen
White Plains Performing Arts Center
"This is an undeniably great-looking production. The White Plains Performing Arts Center has put its seven years of experience in doing productions of well-known musicals to good use. Lauren Helpern's set design is grand and dramatic, set off perfectly by Chris Dallos's subtle lighting."
-- New York Times
Written by Ted Swindley
Produced and Directed by Sharon Rosen
Costumes by Therese Bruck
Lighting by Traci Klainer
Silverton Hotel and Casino
BLUE MAN GROUP/LIVE AT LUXOR
Produced by Blue Man Group
Directed by Blue Man Group
Co-Set Design by David Gallo
Costumes by Patricia Murphy
Lighting by Matt McCarthy
Projections by Caryl Glaab
A NIGHT AT THE OLD MARKETPLACE
Book & Lyrics by Glen Berger
Composed by Frank London
Produced by Prince Music Theater
Directed by Alexandra Aron
Costumes by Levi Okunov
Lights by Tyler Micoleau
Sound by Nick Kourtides
"The supernatural tale -- which includes among its characters a wandering bear, dancing zombies and a ghoulish gargoyle -- is set entirely in the marketplace of a rural village (wonderfully realized in Lauren Helpern's quaint and visually-pleasing scenic design)."
BRING IN THE MORNING -- a wake-up call
Produced by Jeff Britten
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Costumes by Steven Klaiser and Alyasha Owerka-Moore
Lighting by Adam Silverman
Book by Sheri Wilner and Julia Jordan
Lyrics by Adam Gwon and Julia Jordan
Music by Adam Gwon
Produced by Bucks County Playhouse
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Costumes by Sarah Holden
Lighting by Gina Scherr
Sound by Matthew Given
"'Cake Off' feels like a substantial production. In part that's because of Lauren Helpern's handsome set, which packs the 'baking floor' with every appliance a baker could ever need."
-- DC Metro Theater Arts
"The production was seamless and provides a perfect setting for 'Cake Off'. Lauren Helpern and Gina Scherr produce an environment that is intimate and warm for the audience to enjoy."
-- PA Theatre Guide
"Scenic Design by Lauren Helpern recreates a delightfully fanciful TV studio show set, augmented effectively with Lighting Design by Gina Scherr."
-- Northampton Press
BEND IN THE ROAD
HONORABLE MENTION - NYMF EXCELLENCE IN OVERALL DESIGN 2013
Book and lyrics by Benita Scheckel
Music and lyrics by Michael Upward
Produced by Susan Lambert
Co-Produced by Sarahbeth Grossman
Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein
Costumes by David Kaley
Lighting by Joel E. Silver
Sound by Brett Rothstein
Projections by Andrew Lazarow
The Pearl Theatre
"Director Benjamin Endsley Klein is in full control throughout, aided by strong tech work, including the scenic design of Lauren Helpern, costumes by David Kaley, lighting by Joel E. Silver and sound by A&L Sound Partners."
-- Huffington Post
Written by Kinsey Sicks
Directed by Glenn Casale
Produced by Kinsey Sicks Boyz 2 Girlz and Maria Di Dia