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In this FUN week we incorporate improvisation to  build skills for commercial acting and auditioning, lots of commercial work ON CAMERA — all fun and valuable exercises for successful young actors to learn and fine-tune, especially since the Dallas area has a LOT of commercial work! Improvisation is a crucial tool for actors –  or improv for short! Improv is where you create and perform a scene without a script! You make it up as you go along. It teaches you to be quick on your feet and ready to react when called upon. In today’s audition room, improv has quickly gone from a useful tool to a requirement, particularly in commercial auditions.


Lauren Lazell


Lauren Lazell, Founder and Director of the Young Actor's House, grew up in the Los Angeles area which offered her an abundance of opportunities to experience many facets of the entertainment industry such as film making, television shows, theatrical stage productions and local ensemble groups. She became a well-rounded performer as she performed in countless films, plays and productions. In her college years, Lauren studied musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory, but discovered that she should enhance her theatrical experience. So, she transferred to the renowned New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to pursue acting and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Degree. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Lauren pursued acting while actively seeking a career in the casting industry. Her career plans flourished as she began as a casting assistant to Suzanne Goddard-Smythe on Paramount's hit TV show "Girlfriends." Lauren worked with Suzanne to assist in CW's "Girlfriends" as well as casting such pilots as CBS' "Rules of Engagement," ABC's "Carpoolers," and CW's "The Game." Her gift in spotting talent led to her advancement in the Los Angeles casting office for HBO's hit 7 part mini-series "Generation Kill," at the side of casting director Alexa Fogel. Next, Lauren got involved in casting numerous critically acclaimed feature films such as "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" with John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek, "Management" with Jennifer Aniston, "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" with Michael Cera, as well as "Five Dollars a Day" with Christopher Walken and Allesandro Nivola. Because of her solid reputation and accolades in the industry, Lauren was invited to teach many master classes and workshops at such studios as the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse and Los Angeles Actor's Key. She then began to privately coach up and coming actors for film and TV in such projects as the box office hit "The Hangover" and the Eddie Murphy film "A Thousand Words," in which her students booked. Lauren, along with her husband C.J., followed family to McKinney where they now reside and are proud parents to Olivia Rose and Charlotte Grace. Lauren holds a State Texas Board of Education Certificate in Theatre EC-12 and taught theatre for two years in both the high school and jr. high school level in a Texas Independent School District. Lauren is honored to bring her expertise of stage, film and the Hollywood entertainment industry to help shape actors of the greater North Dallas region! For Lauren's full casting resume, please visit