Discipline: Theatre – musical theatre

Lauren Taslitz

Discipline: Theatre – musical theatre
Region: Winnetka, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Lauren Taslitz is a librettist/lyricist who aspires to bring the perspective of motherhood to musical theatre. Writing credits include: Regretting Almost Everything (Barrington Stage; Feinstein’s/54 Below), After They’ve Gone (Porchlight Music Theatre: Off the Porch), You Gave Me A Sheep (National Asian Artists Project), A Statue of Stature (Prospect Theatre Company), Join the Club (The Evanston Arts Center; The Skokie Theatre), and In My Book (Coastal Carolina University). Her work has been performed at Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, NY Theater Barn, and other venues in New York and Chicago. Her work with composer Danny Ursetti will be featured in The Broadway’s Future Songbook Series at Lincoln Center in April 2020. She is a member of The Dramatist’s Guild, MTF’s Women and Trans Roundtable, and The HomeBrewed Writers Society. While at MacDowell she wrote the first four scenes and three songs from her as yet unnamed musical with composer Danny Ursetti in which the protagonist is a Mimosa Pudica plant-person. She and Danny will begin developing the show with choreographer Brad Willicut's musical theater students at Michigan State University in March 2020, and the opening song, "Gotta Move," will premier at their Lincoln Center's Broadway's Future Songbook concert on April 20, 2020.



Lauren Taslitz worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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