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LAUREN KIELE DELEON is an American-Uruguayan intimacy director/coordinator and director from Miami Beach, Florida. She holds a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from NYU with a thesis on Decolonizing Touch through Intimacy Direction and COVID19. Currently, she assists Judi Lewis Ockler in multiple “Intro. to Intimacy in Performance” classes at NYU and Sarah Lawrence College as well as teaching introductory intimacy workshops at multiple universities including AADA and SLC. In the Spring, Lauren will be co-teaching the first Intimacy Direction Level 2 university class at Sarah Lawrence College that she is developing (and will teach) with Judi Lewis Ockler.

While getting her BA in Theatre & Performance Directing and minor in Playwriting at SUNY Purchase, Lauren directed many productions in support of organizations including Planned Parenthood, My Sister’s Place, Standing Rock, and a non-profit she helped co-found called Mission Flint -- which partnered with The Public Theatre on Erika Dickerson-Despenza's play Cullud Wattah. 

Lauren previously served as the Individual Giving Associate at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Development Assistant at The Lark Theatre, a Resident Director at The Flea, and a member of Roundabout Theatre's 2019-20 Emerging Directors Group. She is COVID Compliance Officer certified, a FDNY Fireguard, and Mental Health First Aid certified.

Intimacy Directing credits include Modern Chalk Circle (Eclectics Festival), The Mountaintop (Weston Playhouse), Stop-Motion (Parity Productions), Blood Wedding (NYU - Meisner), You’re the Measure of My Dreams (Vino Theater), Romeo and Juliet (The New School), The Gap (SLC), Sleeper (BRIC), and Juliet’s Story (NYU). Lauren trains with IDC Professionals as well as studying with Theatrical Intimacy Educators and Intimacy Coordinators of Color.

Selected directing credits include City Theatre Next Generation (Adrienne Arsht Center), Men On Boats (SUNY Purchase), FM (SUNY Purchase), Let Me Explain… (SUNY Purchase), Austentation (SUNY Purchase), Ladies of the Land (AD, Drama League), The One Minute Play Festival (INTAR), A Hannukah Carol (West of 10th), Playgrounds (The Lark), Serials (The Flea), Recipe for A Sellout (The Wild Project), Surely Goodness and Mercy (AD, Theatre Row), Stork (Hudson Guild Theatre), Tonantzin (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), Bad Penny (AD, The Flea), Voices Inside (TheatreLab), Bad Angels Episodes 1 & 2 (The Flea), and 48Hours in...™ El Bronx! (Pregones Theater/PRTT and Harlem9, Inc).

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2010 - present
2010 - present