Laura Shink, MFA

Associate Professor, Theatre

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Laura has worked extensively as an actress for close to thirty years, where she has had the opportunity to focus mainly on new work. She has originated two roles for award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck in her plays Mauritius and The Nest, as well as originating thirteen others for their world-premiere productions. Her most recent credits include the world premiere of The Art of Burning by Kate Snodgrass, a co-production with the Huntington Theatre and Hartford Stage Company, and SpeakEasy Stage’s Boston premiere of Potus by Selina Fillinger. She has also participated in the development of new plays with The Lark, New Dramatists, Theatre Masters, Women’s Project Theater, Playwrights Collective, Huntington Theatre and the Denver Center’s New Play Summit, working with the likes of Itamar Moses, Denis O’Hare, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jim Simpson, Amanda Peet, and Theresa Rebeck, among others. Off-Broadway she appeared opposite Ian Barford in the New York premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Love Song, directed by the playwright, and has performed in numerous Boston premiere productions. Laura has been awarded the Elliot Norton Outstanding Actress Award, Improper Bostonian's Best Female Performance 2012, and in 2019, shared the Elliot Norton Outstanding Production Award for the Boston premiere of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe.


  • MFA, Brandeis University
  • BFA, Concordia University
  • 3 year professional training program, John Abbott College
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    Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (in person)
    Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (in person)
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Courses Taught

  • CI 151 Finding Your Creative Voice
  • THETR 100 Theatre Practicum: Performance
  • THETR 129 Acting
  • THETR 200 Theatre Practicum: Performance
  • THETR 291 Professional Development
  • THETR 323 Audition Training
  • THETR 329 Acting II
  • THETR 425 Advanced Scene Study