Youth on Stage, Inc. Founder and Producing Director, Laurie Bulaoro has been creating theatre, as a performer, educator and producer for over 40 years. An accomplished actor, singer and arts integration educator, Laurie attended The College of Santa Fe (NM) and the British American Drama Academy (BADA in London) where she received a BFA in Acting. Laurie lived in NYC where she trained with David Gideon of the Lee Strasberg Institute and Paul Gavert and Mark Planner of the Paul Gavert Voice Studio. A longtime member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), she has performed regionally with the Dallas Theater Center, The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, Stage West, WaterTower Theatre, Echo Theatre Company, Lyric Stage and the Granbury Opera House (Texas), Surflight Theatre, (NJ), Rockwell Productions, (PA), New England Lyric Operetta, (CT), Brooklyn Heights Players, (NY) and the Greer Garson Theatre Center, (NM). Laurie toured Europe with Wolfgang Bocksch’ European production of My Fair Lady and performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Almeida Theatre in London. Laurie is a two-time Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award nominee, recipient of Dallas’ The Column Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and Fort Worth Weekly’s Best of the Metroplex Actress of the Year in a Musical.
Laurie has worked in every aspect of theatre production: performer, marketing director, producer, director, vocal coach, playwright, composer, wardrobe mistress, box office, stage hand and lighting and sound design. She has taught acting and musical theatre classes (ages 4-adult) and private voice lessons for several professional theatre schools including: Casa Mañana (TX), The Dallas Theatre Center (TX) and Kids Who Care (TX). In addition to Youth on Stage, she also founded FemmeSoul Productions: one person shows telling the stories of ordinary women leading extraordinary lives. She has produced, written and filmed two video documentaries about the Marianist missions in India and Mexico.
Laurie is a Certified Early Childhood Teacher and has taught theatre, music and musical theatre classes, locally, for Dickinson Fine Arts Academy, ECDC Notre Dame/St. Mary’s, Wee Friends Early Childhood Program, The Early Learning Center in Granger, IN. She is currently the Theatre teacher at Nuner Fine Arts Academy in South Bend.
Laurie is in her second semester of pursuing her Indiana state teaching license (elementary education/theatre/music) and Masters in the Art of Teaching at Bethel College.
Laurie is married to Arnel and has two children, Richard (15) and Elise (13).