Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Laura is a Brooklyn based theater artist, performer, producer, and teaching artist. Laura has been a performer from a young age working with First Stage Theater Academy and Milwaukee Children’s Choir throughout her elementary and high school years. As an undergraduate, Laura studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She graduated with honors with a BFA in Acting and a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. Through The Stella Adler Studio, she performed in many productions including Othello, Necessary Targets, and a touring production of Macbeth. She has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and The Peoples Improv Theater. After university, Laura completed a theater apprenticeship with Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton, CT. As a performer, Laura is primarily an actor, having appeared in plays such as A Small Group, Smoke Break, They Call Me Wally, among others; however she also dabbles in stand up comedy and musical performance. She developed her passion for teaching in the arts first as an intern counselor at a summer theater camp during high school. During university, Laura became involved with Stella Adler Studio’s Outreach Division where she was able to assist teaching artists at Rikers Island, and was eventually a lead teacher. Through this experience, she became passionate about the healing and educative powers of theater and writing. After completing her teaching artist training with The Community-Word Project, she hopes to teach arts and writing in NYC public schools. Laura is currently co-producing a monthly mental-health themed comedy variety show called Almost Therapy. You can learn more about Laura on her website www.lauratroshynski.com
Although Laura has worked professionally as a teaching artist, TAP was Laura’s first official teaching artist training program. Through the excellence of the TAP facilitators, Laura was able to delve into her personal art form, deeply discover a sense of self, learn other art forms, and develop teaching methods and a clear personal teaching philosophy. Due to the global pandemic, Laura was not able to engage in an in school internship through TAP in the spring of 2020 as planned, or complete her additional internship with Wingspan Arts. She hopes to engage in an in school internship in the fall. Laura also had the opportunity of taking many elective workshops that supplemented her learning. In addition to learning valuable social-justice oriented teaching artist training, Laura is also grateful for the opportunity to engage in other art forms than her primary theater and writing— through this, she learned how to engage students on many levels and multiple intelligences.
Most Memorable TAP Moment:
“My most memorable moment was the workshop in which myself and my fellow TAPpers were able to present our mock lesson plans for each other. I loved being able to share my passion with my fellow students and in turn, witness their teaching. Hearing feedback for both my lesson and the other students’ lessons taught me so much about creating and executing effective arts based lesson plans.”