LAUREN KIELE DELEON is an American-Uruguayan intimacy director & coordinator, teaching artist, and director from Miami, Florida. She holds a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from NYU with a thesis on Decolonizing Touch through Intimacy Direction. Lauren is an adjunct graduate faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College teaching Intimacy in Performance Level 2 as well as assisting the Introduction to Intimacy in Performance courses at SLC and NYU. She is a teaching artist with IDC Professionals instructing both Level 1 and Level 2 courses alongside assisting the Level 3 Certification course for both Intimacy Direction and Coordination and teaching the Consent-Forward Artist program.
Intimacy workshop credits include Washington Improv Theatre, SUNY Purchase Film and Theatre departments, NYU Tisch Applied Theatre Convergence, The Fled Collective, NYU Film (Intro. to Intimacy Coordination), The American Academy for Dramatic Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and others.
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.
Currently, Lauren is co-captain of Culture and Accountability and the resident intimacy director at The Fled Collective. She serves as Director of Community Education at IDC Professionals. Previously, Lauren 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.