Laura Beth Wells is extremely excited to be working with Encompass Arts. Laura Beth made her Broadway debut as Emily Osborn in the original company of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, directed by Julie Taymor and Philip McKinley. A classically trained actor known for her versatility and her quirky, yet human, characters (Julie Taymor once asked her “do all these people just live inside you?”), her other credits include: Kafka/Waitress in All in the Timing (Hangar Theatre/Matt August, dir.), Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple (Ivoryton Playhouse), Madeline True in LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Columbia Stages/Saheem Ali, dir.), Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy (CRT/Gabriel Barre, dir.), Rizzo in Grease (NCT/Matt Lenz, dir/Michele Lynch, chor.), Brenda/Babe and Mable u/s in The Pajama Game (David Ira Goldstein, dir./Patti Wilcox, chor.), and many others.
Having received a BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University, Laura Beth is also an accomplished teaching artist. She spent a year as a Resident Professional Teaching Artist at Cornell University, where she taught introductory acting classes, mentored students, and performed during the theatre department’s season, most notably as Mindy in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and as Guildenstern in a student directed production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She has also taught classes and workshops for the Hangar Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse University, SUNY Binghamton, and Calaveras Repertory Theatre.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Laura Beth is continually finding new ways to bring characters to life. Recently, she began working in voice over, first studying with Maggie Phillips, then building her own home studio. Her voice can be heard regionally, nationally, and on the web in commercials for Zootly, OneRX, Miss Sophie’s Kitchen/Enmark, Easter Seals of Delaware, Fredonia Place, Langly FCU, Cat’s Eye Pest Control, and more. She has studied on-camera technique with Bob Krakower and Ted Sluberski, commercials with Barry Shapiro, and short form improv with Samantha Jones. She is also a founding member of the improv troupe Granny’s Moustache.