Laura's theatre company Light Echo Theatre is currently working towards funding a collective creation project inspired by the success of our benefit production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler in November of 2019.
Keep an eye out for Things the Trees Taught Them by Meg Webster at the Hamilton Fringe 2021. Laura and Light Echo Theatre are producing and directing this one woman show about tree planting and personal growth.
Watch out for a second season of The Why Art Podcast in 2021. After the success of the first season Rose Hopkins and Laura will talk even more artists about the why they do art and why art is important. Follow the podcast on instagram @thewhyartpodcast.
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 November 2019 raised $700 for SACHA Sexual Assault Centre, and $700 for Birthmark Doula Support. 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 committed 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. In 2020 in partnership with Porch Light Theatre (Karen Ancheta and Aaron Jan), the members of Industry helped raise $18000 as a part of The Garden Project, which funded seed grants and mentors for BIPOC artists in the city of Hamilton.
As an actor, Laura has most recently been seen in How to Write a Suicide Letter as Tara (Make Art Theatre), The Vagina Monologues as A Monologuer (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), and Romeo and Juliet: An Escapist Comedy as Juliet (Make Art Theatre). She was the Hamilton Monologue Slam Champion in 2017.
Offstage she is a co-host and co-producer of The Why Art Podcast with Rose Hopkins. Together they interview artists about their why's in hopes to inspire other artists to keep going and solidify the value of art.
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
DIRECTING AND COACHING TESTIMONIALS
"As a director, Laura is creative, supportive and focused. She leads with an easy confidence that translates into full presence. Her embodied approach is grounded and, combined with her fiery passion, ground-breaking."
Air White, Dancer, Actor and Yoga Teacher
"Laura is dynamic, comforting and warm. A hard-working creative of various disciplines, she brings an openness, graciousness and thoughtfulness into any room that goes unmatched. One of the loveliest humans I’ve been lucky to know for many years, she is an incredible guide at helping open hearts and minds while fostering and cultivating a safe place to make bold and intimate choices without judgement or fear. "
Carly Billings, Musical Theatre Performer, Actor, podcast host and Comedian
"Laura is a compassionate, creative, open mind/hearted artist and human. She honours your instincts, giving you the freedom to be unapologetically yourself while exploring the work. A true gift!"
Emily Lukasik, Actor, Singer, Musician at the Shaw Festival
""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