Watch out for The Why Art Podcast as a part of Hamilton Arts Week. Rose Hopkins and Laura talk with Hamilton based-creators about the why they do art and why art is important. Follow the podcast on instagram @thewhyartpodcast .
Keep your eyes peeled online for Laura as Tara in Make Art Theatre's How to Write a Suicide Letter by Ryan Sero also as a part of Hamilton Arts Week 2020.
Laura has a few other project up her sleeve at the moment so keep checking back in to see what's coming up next.
Laura Welch is a Hamilton based actor, singer, and graduate of George Brown Theatre School. She is the Artistic Director of Light Echo Theatre. Light Echo Theatre's Production of The Vagina Monologues last November raised $700 for SACHA Sexual Assault Centre, and $700 for Birthmark. The project was produced, and directed by Laura with the help of many generous performers. The performance sold out and the audience left inspired after the performance.
Laura is also the Safe Space Coordinator for Industry. After several negative experiences in rehearsal spaces and training programs, she has decided to commit herself to the emotional safety of artists in creative spaces. Laura is deeply passionate about the professional and indie theatre scenes in Hamilton, and believes that leadership that empowers artists to feel heard and emotionally safe is crucial not only to the quality of artistic creation but also its longevity.
As an actor Laura has recently been seen in The Vagina Monologues as A Monologues (Light Echo Theatre), The Team as Jenna (Essential Collective Theatre/Theatre Aquarius) Holiday Radio Plays as Dancer Jr.Jr and Lily (Rook's Theatre), A Modicum of Freedom as Dahlia (Make Art Theatre), The Big Show Variety Hour! as Laura (Flat Earth Global), Romeo and Juliet: An Escapist Comedy as Juliet (Make Art Theatre), Julius Caesar as Portia (Make Art Theatre) and Thumbelina as The Faerie Queene (Enchantment Theatre). She was the Hamilton Monologue Slam Champion in 2017. Laura is a member of the Actor’s Forge which is a collective of professional actors in Hamilton that meet weekly to hone their craft. In addition to acting, Laura directed The Vagina Monologues for Light Echo Theatre and Richard III for MakeArt Theatre.
Press & Testimonials
"Welch’s portrayal of all the stresses of teenage life and of expectations finally becoming too much is open and genuinely raw, a feeling that every student in the audience can wholly connect with."
Heather Jansen, Dart Critics
"Laura Welch provides a rare balance as sometimes comic relief and sometimes heartstring-tugging Jenna."
Maxie Dara, The View
""I had the privilege of directing Laura Welch in the world premiere of Michael Kras' The Team. Kind, supportive, and hard working, Laura was not only a pleasure to direct but made the whole company around her better too. Laura's commitment to her work never wavered, and from the first rehearsal to the last performance she continued adding nuance and detail to her performance. It was a joy to watch. I recommend her highly to other directors."
Colin B. Anthes, Director of the Team and Artistic Director of Essential Collective Theatre, and Twitches and Itches
“Laura is a gutsy stage presence. Her work in my play was big, bold, brave, generous, vulnerable, and devastating all at once. She brought a character of mine to such empathetically full and textured life, and was riveting to watch every second.”
Michael Kras, playwright of the Team
"Laura is one of my favourite actors to work with, versatile and charming. She should be known far-and-wide for her comic skill, broad or subtle, and to miss those performances is a sin and a shame.”
Ryan M. Sero, Playwright of Modicum of Freedom, Director and co-star