Lauren

Lauren Smart is freelance journalist based in Dallas. She holds a master's degree in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University. Her work can be seen in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States, including American Theatre magazine, CultureMap Dallas, Patron Magazine, Dallas Morning News and BroadwayWorld.com. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing and journalism. Lauren is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. An arts enthusiast and coffee addict, she is constantly attending plays, concerts and museums or writing in a coffee shop. She grew up in Dallas and loves this beautiful city.

One weekend only: Jenny Ledel’s ‘Theresa Alice’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ with music by Paul Slavens

One weekend only: Jenny Ledel's 'Theresa Alice' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' with music by Paul Slavens

An innovative collection of new work by local artists inhabits The Greenzone this weekend.

First Round of Bands Announced for Homegrown Fest 2013

First Round of Bands Announced for Homegrown Fest 2013

Tweet If the first round of bands serves as an indicator, this will be the best year yet of Homegrown Music and Arts Festival. This morning the first seven bands were announced for the fourth annual Homegrown on May 11, 2013 at Main Street Garden Park. The line-up includes some up-and-coming Texas bands, as well [...]

Things to do at Untapped Festival September 8, Win Tickets!

Things to do at Untapped Festival September 8, Win Tickets!

Take the Margaret Hunt Hill West to the Untapped Festival, which will inhabit Trinity Groves from 1 to 11 p.m. (even earlier if you’re a VIP) on September 8. There will be plenty of beer to try and bands to listen to, but here are two of the day’s selections you won’t want to miss.

Tulip tramplin’: Dallas Theater Center lets the grownups battle in ‘Carnage’

Tulip tramplin': Dallas Theater Center lets the grownups battle in 'Carnage'

Now onstage at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center's "God of Carnage" has the grownups behaving badly.

Survival Tips for ‘The Birthday Party’ at Undermain

Survival Tips for 'The Birthday Party' at Undermain

Not one to poop on Dallas theater parties, I trudged through this 3-act, two intermission play with a glass of wine and a good friend in tow.

Q & A: Solo Performance Artist John Michael on ‘A-Gays’

Q & A: Solo Performance Artist John Michael on 'A-Gays'

John Michael's newest show "A-Gays: Stillwater, Oklahoma" builds on his overarching narrative by addressing bullying and his time at an Oklahoma college, where he joined an elite group of gays whose most important rule was "No Uglies Allowed."

Theater Review: ‘Tigers be Still’ at Dallas Theater Center

Theater Review: 'Tigers be Still' at Dallas Theater Center

When Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still prowled onto the New York underground theatre scene, the term “indie theater” was thrown at a collection of plays to describe the way that certain modern playwrights make their audiences feel.

Musical Season: ‘Billy Elliot,’ ‘Next to Normal,’ ‘Pippin’ take Dallas Stages

Musical Season: 'Billy Elliot,' 'Next to Normal,'  'Pippin' take Dallas Stages

Three very unique musicals have taken Dallas stages and stolen the hearts of local audiences with stellar singing and dancing.

Undermain Theatre’s ‘The Shipment’ delivers big laughs, relevant issues

Undermain Theatre's 'The Shipment' delivers big laughs, relevant issues

There’s nothing quite like seeing “The Shipment” at Undermain Theatre. This 'variety show' has dancing, stand-up comedy and skits that have side-splitting laughs and biting messages.

Broken Gears Project Theatre caps off strong season with ‘The Hand’

Broken Gears Project Theatre caps off strong season with 'The Hand'

“The Hand,” currently onstage at Broken Gears Project Theatre, is a pseudo- absurdist satiric play that is certain to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.