Laura Sturm

Actor | Director | Teacher

Laura Sturm is a theatre artist based in Chicago, Illinois

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Laura Sturm is a professional actor, director, teacher, and movement and acting coach. She received an MFA from Northern Illinois University and has been working professionally in the Chicago area since 1994.

Laura teaches a variety of different classes and workshops, but specializes in Movement for Actors (Williamson/Laban), and Meisner Technique. She also teaches Period Style, Audition Skills, Scene Study, Monologue and Voice classes, as well as classes combining different elements.

Check out her Saturday morning Movement and Meisner classes!

Hate finding and performing monologues? Talk to Laura about her proven (and fun!) methods for finding and loving a monologue.

Laura is a proud Company Member at Organic Theater Company where she has performed in three seasons of both shows in their summer repertory season as well as directing a world premiere production. She just completed her third summer rep season with Organic in 2018, as Marie Antoinette in Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists and the world premiere of Tiresias Was a Weatherman.  She is also an Artistic Associate with the Constructivists, recently named the Best New Theater Company in Milwaukee by Milwaukee Magazine.


MELANCHOLY PLAY - Organic Theater Company - Director. At the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago from 3/20 - 4/14.

Tilly, a bank teller, personifies melancholy, which proves to be contagious in the world of MELANCHOLY PLAY. She is NOT depressed, but lives in such a sensual, yearning state of being that everyone she meets falls in love with her, including her therapist, her tailor, and her hairdresser. A whimsical, incredibly playful modern fairy tale that examines of the values of living in and enjoying the beauty of this active, sensorial state of being that our current culture has mostly left behind. Despite our modern connotations of the word Melancholy, the play is not sad at all, but a highly stylized and imaginative comedy.

TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE - The Constructivists.  Voice/Movement.  At the Underground Collaborative in Milwaukee from 3/29 - 4/13.


THE MEMO - Organic Theater Company - TaLaura - At the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago from 5/22 - 6/16.

This Orwellian farce about language, bureaucracies, and surveillance takes place at the surprisingly real and relevant intersection of Monty Python, The Office, and 1984.  MEMO follows Gross, the harassed managing director who unwittingly authorizes an experiment that will introduce an incomprehensible artificial language causing the breakdown of human relationships and their replacement by unscrupulous struggles for power. Playwright Vaclev Havel explores the self-deluding rationalizations and moral compromises that characterize life under a totalitarian political system.