AWARDS + FELLOWSHIPS
EVERYONE TOGETHER / Best Comedy Pilot at SeriesFest 2020
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE / University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, 2019
RED FLAGS / Best Overall Immersive Work at Hollywood Fringe, 2017
HAMLET-MOBILE / Game Design Award at the IndieCade Festival, 2016
EX-GIRLFIEND / truTV Development Award at the New York TV Festival, 2015
AFI DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN / 2013
LAUREN LUDWIG (she/they) is a queer writer/director who specializes in comedy, interactive storytelling and creating communities for artists. Lauren believes deeply in the transformative power of collective experiences, be they film shoots, theater happenings, or pagan rituals in the woods.
Lauren has directed comedies for NBC, FXX, SonyCrackle, and truTV. Her indie pilot Everyone Together was an official selection at SXSW 2020 and won “Best Comedy Pilot” at SeriesFest 2020. Lauren is the in-house director for Lost Moon Radio, an LA-based sketch group featured on NBC’s Bring The Funny. Ex-Girlfiend, an animated series she co-created and directs, recently aired on FXX as part of Cake. As a comedy writer, Lauren has developed multiple comedy projects with various partners including FX, Participant Media, TruTV, and NBC Universal. She was the director and showrunner of the sketch series Passive Aggressive History, part of Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack. She is currently developing a half-hour series with FX.
In the realm of interactive storytelling, Lauren has built a name for herself as one of the emerging voices in immersive theater. She co-founded the award-winning Los Angeles theater company Capital W which specializes in intimate experiences for very small audiences. Under their banner, Lauren has written and directed six original shows, including a commission for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Hamlet-Mobile, her adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet staged in a cargo van, was published in the anthology Best Plays from American Theater Festivals 2015. Lauren’s work with Capital W has won Best Overall Immersive Work at Hollywood Fringe 2017 and the Game Design Award at IndieCade 2016. Extending her expertise for interactive storytelling to the screen, Lauren directed the VR short film Girl which was released by the Tribeca Film Institute x Google.
When not making her own work, Lauren is committed to helping other artists birth theirs. She was the Director of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, as well as an alumna of the program. She is a co-founder for Wayward, a week-long creative retreat in the Canadian wilderness for women and nonbinary artists. A queer artist herself, Lauren is particularly passionate in advocating for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists, working to make all the organizations she runs radically inclusive.
Lauren is a graduate of Northwestern University and grew up next to the woods in Syracuse, NY.