Lauren Wightman began her training as a competitive dancer at the Denise Lester Dance Academy at the young age of 7 in the disciplines of jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, acro, modern, and musical theatre. Outside of the studio, Lauren also took advanced classes in Toronto with professionals such as Stelio Calagias, Shawn Byfield, Siona Jackson, and Linda Garneau. After performing on the stage as a dancer, Lauren continued to explore her interest as a performer and headed to New York where she received her B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College. After graduating, Lauren won a scholarship to train with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes in New York City, and also trained with numerous teachers at Broadway Dance Center. Lauren returned to Toronto in 2009 and went on to study at the world’s premier school of improvisation- The Second City. Shortly after, Lauren was offered a spot to train at The Conservatory where the likes of Tina Fey, Mike Myers, and John Belushi studied. As a choreographer, Lauren began choreographing award- winning routines for competitive studios at the age of 18. This then led to working for musical group ONE AVENUE, The Mini Miss Canada Pageant, and assisting the choreographer for the Irish play Dancing at Lughnasa at Clark Theater in Ithaca, NY. Lauren’s goal as a teacher is to unleash the “it factor” in all of her students.
Theatre credits include: A Chorus Line (Orpheus Theatre, NY), Crazy For You (Orpheus Theatre, NY), Romeo & Juliet Remixed (Toronto Fringe Festival),The Long Christmas Ride Home (Ithaca College), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Ithaca College), The Love Doctor (Ithaca College), Dance*No Translation Needed (Ithaca College), Joyful Noise (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse).
Member of B.A.T.D. , & an apprentice of ACTRA.