Mrs. Lauren Cochran
Ms. Lauren Cochran has been involved in some aspect of Theatre for the past 42 years. When she was in the 4th grade, she received her first solo in a Girl Scout Production. Her first song was “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. From there, she was hooked.
Ms. Cochran attended Somerville High School, where she was president of the drama club. In college at UMass Lowell, Ms. Cochran was a voice major in music education, but the theater was her other home. She performed in several shows at UMass and after graduation, took classes in acting at several different schools, including the American Repertory Theater, Emerson, Cambridge Center for the Arts and Boston Center for the Arts.
In her late twenties, she worked for an improvisational theater group called Haley Productions, performing murder mysteries and improvisational shows throughout the East Coast. For a year she performed at Nick's Comedy Stop in Boston in a scripted improv called Murdering the Mob. She has worked extensively in community theatre both performing and directing.
Favorite roles include: Vera in Mame, Wanda in Kennedy's Children (for which she received a Best Supporting Actress award at Brandeis University’s NETC Competition), Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly, Miss Stephanie in To Kill A Mockingbird, Lady Larkin in Once Upon A Matress, Lucy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Stella in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, , and countless others.
In Arlington, at Arlington Friends of the Drama, she directed A Little Night Music and Ten Little Indians. She also has directed in Jamaica Plain, Belmont, Reading, and Somerville. For the past 16 years, Ms. Cochran has had the privilege to be Chelmsford High School's Theatre Guild Advisor. She has continued to take classes in theatre, including two Shakespeare Classes (one with Shakespeare and Company and one at Harvard) and graduate classes in acting at Emerson College.
In addition to acting and directing, Ms. Cochran loves to write. She has had a few plays produced locally, including The Wedding Party (co written with Susan Haley), which ran for a time at The Classic Restaurant in Rhode Island, Apples and Oranges (produced by the Wilmington Spotlighters), Something Good Something Sad (written by her alter ego, Eloise Hoffman), A Head of The Class and the award winning verison of Dracula, Sarut de Morte, Civil Blood and last year's finalist play, 1920.
Her resume now includes over 45 productions that she has directed at Chelmsford High School. For the past 8 years, Ms. Cochran has also directed the musical at CHS. Ms. Cochran hopes to continue to act as advisor of the Theatre Guild for some time to come.