Lauren Romano Erickson is a former SPA student and is so excited to be back as a teacher! She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and her teaching license from National Louis University. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Dream Big Performing Arts, Metropolis School of Performing Arts, Chicago DanzTheatre and Hinsdale Preschool. She has directed many children’s shows and musicals, and enjoys helping her students build confidence onstage and off. One of her favorite experiences was working with Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project, which provides interactive theatre experiences for children with Autism. In addition to her work in the Chicagoland area, Lauren completed a year long tour with Missoula Children’s Theater, which allowed her to teach and direct students from all over the country. When not teaching, Lauren also enjoys performing and has been seen in shows at Metropolis, City Lit Theatre, Alphabet Soup Productions, Harper College and Steel Beam Theatre.