Lauren Haughton Gillis is a performer turned director and choreographer. She performed on Broadway in Wicked!. She was in the original casts of Turn of the Century directed by Tommy Tune at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Sammy with Leslie Bricuse at The Old Globe in San Diego. She has produced, directed, and choreographed shows for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS all over the US and Canada with the Broadway National Touring companies of Hamilton, Wicked, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, and The Book of Mormon, and featuring stars such as Jennifer Holliday.
Lauren recently finished an observership assisting Graciela Daniele on The Gardens of Anuncia at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. She also completed a Fellowship on the production of Fly at the La Jolla Playhouse. She also served as the Associate Director on the documentary theatre piece entitled, PDA for the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival. At San Diego Musical Theatre she was the Choreographer and Assistant Director on their production of She Loves Me and the Assistant Director on Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Diversionary Theatre. In NYC she was the Assistant Director for Pickwick's Haunted Christmas at Ripley Grier Studios. Academically she directed and choreographed the world premiere of the new musical, The Magic Hummingbird at San Diego State University, and directed Peter/Wendy and Rose and the Rime at Northwestern University. Lauren also choreographed the 2019 Broadway in San Diego Awards, which is a pre-qualifier for the Jimmy Awards.
On television, Lauren appeared in the Annie episode for Encore! on Disney Plus, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and choreographed by Melinda Sullivan. She also guest starred as Lori on Guiding Light. She has been featured on Montreal television with dancers from all over the world.
Lauren currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre on the faculty of Indiana University's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. She has previously served on faculty at San Diego State University and the Northwestern University NHSI Cherub Program as a director, choreographer, and musical theatre teaching artist and associate. She has taught master classes all over the country for many college musical theatre programs such as: The University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Syracuse University. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance.