Laura London Waringer is the Assistant Professor of Directing in the Department of Theatre. She is an actor, director, writer, producer, and theatre academic who joined the UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre faculty in 2019. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA), British Actors Equity, and SAG-AFTRA.As an accomplished actress of stage and screen, her favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (National Tour), Little Women (London, UK Premiere), Spring Awakening (London, Bridewell Theatre), Mean Girls (London, reading), John & Jen (New York, Artists Salon), the world premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ Atonement and RakheLeah, and the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies directed by Danny Boyle.
Waringer was the winner of Best Screenplay Pitch at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival. She has written and produced and co-starred in two short films, Homeward and Departures, and is currently developing a feature. She is also the co-Executive Producer of the Award-Winning web series, Seeking, which recently launched its second season.
Waringer is the artistic director of Wanderlust: Theatre on Location, an immersive musical theatre company that stages musicals “on location” at site-specific venues across the country. She recently conceived and directed their premiere production, Musicals on the Move, a walking musical theatre experience that staged numbers from beloved musicals at show-specific venues and business across midtown Tallahassee, Florida.
In addition to her artistic work, she is currently finishing her Ph.D. from Florida State University School of Theatre. Her dissertation, titled Triple Threat: A Study of American Musical Theatre Training, explores the history, growth, ethics, and progression of BFA musical theatre programs in the United States. Her research interests include race and gender representation in musical theatre, musical adaptation of historic events, and musical theatre training. Forthcoming publications include chapters in the books Hamilton: History and Hip-Hop – Essays on an American Musical, Queen Mothers: Articulating the Spirit of Black Women Teacher-Leaders, and Musicals at the Margins, all due to print in 2019.