Laura Flanagan is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School Of Dramatic Arts. She began her professional acting career as a teenager in a Paramount Pictures film, starring a then young and unknown Robin Wright. Since then, she has acted off and off-off Broadway, in regional theaters and film. In Los Angeles, she is currently a lifetime member of the Ensemble Studio Theater/Los Angeles and was previously its producing director. She has taught both acting and voice at Long Island University, NYU’s School for Continuing Education, as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. She is a certified Fitzmaurice Voice Teacher, having been a student of Catherine Fitzmaurice herself for many years in New York. She received the Charles Bowden Award for Acting from New Dramatists in New York, as well as numerous awards for her audiobooks. She holds a BA in English and Theater Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon and The Moscow Art Theater.