Amer­i­can dream

Lau­ren treads Broad­way boards

Lennox Herald - - DIARY - Carla Don­ald

A Dum­bar­ton girl is on her way to liv­ing her New York Broad­way dream af­ter land­ing per­form­ing roles along­side some of the big­gest stars in the in­dus­try.

Lau­ren Downie has been liv­ing in the Big Ap­ple for the past five years, min­gling with the stars and rub­bing shoul­ders with ac­claimed Broad­way ac­tors.

The 23-year-old kick started her per­form­ing ca­reer af­ter gain­ing a diploma in mu­si­cal theatre at the Dance School of Scot­land in Glas­gow.

From there, the tal­ented per­former grad­u­ated from the pres­ti­gious Amer­i­can Mu­si­cal and Dra­matic Acad­emy (AMDA) in New York – the same school at­tended by pop star Ja­son Derulo.

And af­ter com­plet­ing a num­ber of suc­cess­ful TV roles and trav­el­ling to schools across the USA to share her skills in per­form­ing, for­mer Dum­bar­ton Acad­emy pupil Lau­ren is hop­ing her big break is just around the cor­ner.

She told the Len­nox Her­ald: “Be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful ac­tor may not be as easy as they make it seem in movies and on TV.

“It is very dif­fi­cult to make a liv­ing here, but that makes me even more de­ter­mined to suc­ceed.

“I am net­work­ing with as many peo­ple as I can, and this has given me act­ing work and I re­cently at­tended the Mid­town In­ter­na­tional Theatre Fes­ti­val, which is a well known fes­ti­val in Amer­ica.

“I am hop­ing that will help me on my way.”

Lau­ren will now be tak­ing part in a num­ber of per­for­mances in the Mass Rhetoric Fes­ti­val along­side the Fun­da­men­tal Theatre Project, which was founded by Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Sam Un­der­wood who has starred in shows such as Dex­ter, Home­land and the Fol­low­ing.

The project, in which Lau­ren will be star­ring along­side some big Broad­way stars, has also re­ceived sup­port from A-list ac­tor Alec Bald­win.

Lau­ren added: “I never thought that five years ago I would be per­form­ing on a stage with fa­mous ac­tors and think­ing it was quite nor­mal.”

I never thought I’d be per­form­ing on stage with fa­mous ac­tors

Bright lights Lau­ren Downie is danc­ing on Broad­way

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