Lauren graduated from Bates College in 1994 with highest honors in Rhetoric, an interdisciplinary major focusing on persuasive strategy in speech, debate, and documentary film. She debated internationally throughout college and worked as a DJ and talk show hostess on the College's radio station for four years. After graduation, Lauren worked in corporate marketing and coached college debate. Prior to arriving at Stanford, Lauren produced The Search for Summer, a portrait of three Bay Area women with chronic illness and/or disability. This video has been shown at educational conferences and on a local cable station, and is part of the New Jersey Transit Authority's formal ADA training program. At Stanford, Lauren has team-taught "Engineering 103: Public Speaking" for two quarters, served as the Coordinator for the Graduate Women's Network, and taught rock climing through the Redwood Club.
Speech of Angels explores the healing power of music and the ways in which hospitals are increasingly incorporating its use. Throughout the video, patients and their families, a music therapist and a hospital troubadour consider music's influence on the body, mind and spirit, and its potential to assist in patient recovery.
16mm color film
Full Court Press is a portrait of an inner-city high school basketball team with academic dreams.
16mm black and white film
Flowers and Bones focuses on the Americanization of the cultural celebration El Dia de los Muertos.