2019 HOLLYWOOD DIVINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BEST LEAD ACTRESS
2019 WILD BUNCH FILM FESTIVAL BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Lauren LaStrada, is an actress, singer, published author and motivational speaker. She is the recipient of 5 Best Lead Actress Awards and 5 nominations, for her work in Stage and Film. She is a member of The Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and The Actors Equity Association. As a child, she studied classical piano, violin, french horn, competitive figure skating and latin dance. She is alumni of The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and The Detroit High School For The Fine and Performing Arts. As a recording artist, she has performed her original works in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In 2005 she released her debut, "Rock Steady" A mix of funk, christian rock and alternative, the album appeared on Billboards 'Artist to Know' list. Lauren has also been featured in magazine publications: B-List, Big Magazine, Radio and Records, Rhythmic Soul and Venus Diva Magazine. She self-published her first book, Simple Wisdom in 2009. For her contributions to arts in schools and community, Lauren was a recipient of the Spirit Of Detroit Award in 2016. Both a local and national performer, Lauren has had the honor of working with Broadway performers such as tap dancer Ted Louis Levy, At the Jazz Cafe in Detroit. She has also worked under Dancer and Choreographer Debbie Allen, Actor and Director Vondie Curtis-Hall and for her run at The Riverside Theatre in Harlem, NY she was directed by Mikell Pickney. Lauren has performed at such venues as The Stella Adler Theatre, Charleston Performing Arts in South Carolina, The Fox Theatre and The Music Hall. For her role as Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day At Emerson Bar and Grille' she received a Best Actress nomination by the 2018 Wilde Awards. Currently, she is starring in a Feature Film titled 'Wild Faith', which has been the recipient of 2 Best Feature Film Awards from two International film festivals. For her work in this film, she received her 3rd, 4th and 5th Best Actress awards from The 2018 International Christian Film Festival, The 2019 Wild Bunch International Film Festival and The 2019 Hollywood Divine Film Festival. "Wild Faith' was screened at The Burbank International Film Festival at the country's largest AMC Theatre. TV/Film credits include guest starring roles on the Lifetime Movie Network, NBC, ABC, BET, a host of commercials and voiceovers. Lauren recently wrapped work on her latest films to hit theaters, 'Mans Best Friend' and 'Lost Heart' and closed the stage production of 'Aint Misbehavin' this past summer. She speaks regularly for outreach programs and churches, to encourage others in following their gifts and achieving their dreams and as she has been so blessed to do. She is currently seeking management.