Lauren Alexander Sowa received her BFA with Honors in Theatre with a Minor in Sociology from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a graduate of the Master of Communication Management Program at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Studying representations of intersectionality in episodic narratives, Lauren is specifically exploring how audiences utilize media to perform and/or redefine identities and analyzing the subsequent social discourse. Additionally, she is interested in how youths’ cognizing of gendered imagery and marketing interplay with their inherent cultural and political power. Lauren has conducted research with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media for the 2015 Media Research Initiative and with Hollywood, Health, and Society, at the Norman Lear Center. She has also interned as a casting assistant at Nancy Nayor Casting.

Lauren has trained in the Professional Acting Shakespeare Program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London (RADA) and has studied Improvisation at Second City in Chicago. A member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, Lauren has been in national commercials, television shows, and professional theater productions in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Because of her experience and expertise both in front of and behind the camera, Lauren brings a unique perspective to her academic and professional work.