Laura Lassy Townsend is a New York based theater actor, director and producer originally from Paris, France. Theater Credits include the National Opera of Paris, the Venice Film Festival, La MaMa ETC, Classic Stage Company, The Rattlestick Theatre, Mabou Mines, The New Ohio, Target Margin Theater, HB Playwrights, Here Arts Center, and Irondale Theater.
Recent highlights include The Franca Rame Project (a radical piece in 5 languages based on second wave feminist texts) at Irondale, Between the Threads (a devised piece on Jewish Women) at Here Arts Center, the critically acclaimed new play The Workshop (NY Times Critics' Pick), where she performed opposite Austin Pendleton at HB Playwrights Theater and The Maids at La MaMa ETC.
Laura is the Co-founder of L'Atelier Theatre NY, where she regularly directs plays in French for a New York audience. Previous productions include The Meiser & The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere, On the High Road by Chekhov, La Dame de chez Maxim by Feydeau and Rhinoceros by Ionesco.
Laura Lassy Townsend is also a vocalist, specialized in North African & Middle Eastern music. With Moroccan and Israeli roots, Laura is the lead singer of the NY Andalus Ensemble & ASEFA, where she regularly performs in Arabic, Ladino and Hebrew. Her current work focuses on reclaiming the cultural heritage of Jews from Arab lands from a feminist perspective. Concert credits include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, DROM, La Nacional, JCC NY & DC, the American Sephardi Federation, BMS East by Middle East Festival, and the World Music Institute.
Laura has been classically trained by Met Opera Baritone Mark Oswald, holds an MSc in Business from HEC Paris and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.