Lauren Hooper is a singer, actor and dancer, known for her rich and soul-stirring voice, luminous smile and glowing stage presence. Lauren most recently starred as Cassandra in The Arden Theatre's production of Beauty & The Beast which was awarded a Barrymore Recommendation. Some of Lauren's on-stage credits include Ragtime, Dreamgirls, and A Night at the Alhambra Café while her on-screen credits include Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, For Colored Boys, King of Paper Chasin', and Lenox Ave. Lauren has also done on-screen and print modeling for TRESsemé, Gina Made It and various NYC-based stylists and boutique clothing stores.
An East Coast girl at heart (born in South Carolina and raised in New Jersey), Lauren headed West to pursue her passion for musical theater at The University of Michigan where she was mentored by world renowned opera singer Shirley Verrett. Capable of singing everything from opera to jazz, from musical theater to R&B, Lauren continues to fine tune her acting and vocal techniques with Aaron Hagan, Bob Krakower, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark.
When she's not performing, Lauren spends her free time digging in her garden (weather permitting), finding balance on her yoga mat, obsessing over her family tree or catching up on shows on Netflix or saved on her DVR (which recently include Chewing Gum, Friends from College, Narcos, This is Us).