Lauriel is a classically trained actress born and raised in New York City. She began acting in high school at the famed LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She then went on to earn her B.F.A. in acting from the Guthrie Theater’s Training Program. Lauriel also studied and performed in London, where she developed her Shakespeare skills at The Globe, and trained in Lecoq movement at the London International School for Performing Arts. Lauriel currently resides in Brooklyn, and has worked with a number of Off-Broadway and regional theaters. She has a passion for developing new works, costume drama, and New York Jewish humor.
Tech Support “Lauriel Friedman does very well as Grace, a character whose changes through the decades provides a perfect example of how opportunities for women have changed over the years.” - Stage Buzz
Tech Support “The talented, accomplished cast brings Debra Whitefield’s unique and entertaining show to life with humor and heart.” - Broadway World
The Immigrant “Lauriel Friedman’s Leah will break your heart as she struggles with a language and customs that make her feel stupid. Her scenes with Ima are touching as the two grow closer, despite their cultural and religious differences, and Friedman convincingly conveys Leah’s growth from fearful girl to the family matriarch.” - NJ Arts Maven
The Immigrant “Lauriel Friedman deftly transforms Leah from a cowering figure who feels woefully out of place in Texas, after braving the sea journey in steerage, to a strong-willed young woman determined to be faithful to Judaism and a gracious hostess who welcomes gentiles to a Sabbath meal.”
The Immigrant “Benjamin Pelteson and Lauriel Friedman capture the fears and exhilarations of the many who, with unshakeable determination, make a life for themselves that they could never have had in their birth lands.” - Out in Jersey
Fire “The actors take on multiple roles and are quite impressive, especially Lauriel Friedman.” - Time Square Chronicles
Fire “Especially noteworthy performances are turned in by Friedman as Rosa, a young Italian immigrant who, despite being afflicted with the flu, understands the need to go in to the factory to support her family, as well as the need for a union to advocate on behalf of the workers.” - DC Metro Theater Arts
A Midsummer Night’s Dream "On top of your list should be the NY Classical Theatre Company's version of this classic Shakespeare comedy...Especially funny are Ian Gould as the egotistical Bottom (soon to be literally turned into an ass) and Lauriel Friedman as the put upon would-be lover with little self-esteem, Helena.” - Hi! Drama
The Diary of Anne Frank "In the play, quiet interludes are filled with humor, or fear, or tenderness, and provide the most poignant moments of this worthy production...
As Anne, Emmanuelle Nadeau is buoyant, presenting a cheerfulness that feels genuine. She is nicely paired with Lauriel Friedman as Margot, her more reserved sister."
-Ken Jaworowski for The New York Times
The Diary of Anne Frank "Lauriel Friedman appears to be the opposite of her bold sister Anne. Her failing health throughout the play gives signals of the end to which she will be subjected." -Examiner.com
The Diary of Anne Frank "This moving theatrical piece is impeccably performed with superb direction" -Broadway World
Inspecting: Romeo and Juliet “Her nurse (Lauriel Friedman), though a young actress, gives a salty performance as she lives vicariously through her young ward.” -Nancy Koan for notjustaboutsex
Inspecting: Romeo and Juliet “Lauriel Friedman’s Nurse […] stood out as particularly refreshing interpretations of their characters.” -Eric Gibson for Theater is Easy
Two Gentleman of Verona “Trust me, normally, if you do Shakespeare with a New York accent people think that you’re probably wrong. But it brings out the fun, raw side of it that people don’t explore very often,” -Nidhi Prakash for Metro