Lauren Kiele DeLeon


LAUREN KIELE DELEON is an Uruguayan-American director, theorist, and intimacy director with a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University. At NYU, her theory focused on Intimacy Direction as a decolonizing practice.


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. She is in the process of training with Intimacy Directors and Choreographers Professionals to become a fully certified Intimacy Director.

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), and Voices Inside (TheatreLab). Upcoming, she is directing for 48Hours in...™ El Bronx!; a collaboration between Pregones Theater/PRTT and Harlem9, Inc.

Selected Intimacy Direction credits include FM (SUNY Purchase), Austentation (SUNY Purchase), The One Minute Play Festival (INTAR), Stork (Hudson Guild Theatre), and Modern Chalk Circle (Theatre 54 at Shelter Studios). Upcoming, Titus Andronicus (Queens College) and The Secretaries (SUNY Purchase).


As a playwright, Lauren’s plays have been produced in Florida with the One-Minute Play Festival and New Playwrights Festival, in Virginia at the Hollins University Play Festival, and in New York at the Drama Book Shop.


Lauren previously served as the Individual Giving Associate at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Development Assistant at The Lark Theatre, and a member of Roundabout Theatre's 2019-20 Emerging Directors Group.

2010 - present
2010 - present