Laura Scruggs enjoys faeries, puppets, thrift shopping and social justice.
Laura has taught theatre in a variety of environments for about 10 years, from the Chicago Park District to inner city schools to a Jewish community center.
She co-hosts the podcast, Are You Famous Yet? with Bryn Packard and Jake Scruggs.
She has performed her multi-media one woman show, “Punk Grandpa,” at Fringe festivals, Stage 773, The Chicago Home Theater Festival, Jason Smith’s 3 Cat Productions’ Chicago Solo Theatre Festival, Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, David Boyle’s Chicago Solo Theatre and will be performing it at The Planet Connections Festival in New York this summer.
It is the story about what it’s like to be the freak in the family and how her grandpa showed her it was okay to be different, through his humor and uninhibited personality. The show is portrayed through storytelling, music, dance, vintage family photos and film clips and a little bit of puppetry.
She also co-wrote the children’s fantasy play, “Meet Me on the Ceiling,” with her late friend Pat Welsh. “Meet Me on the Ceiling” was workshopped at The Art Meets Science at the Theater Festival at Chicago Dramatists and was performed full-out at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival.
Some of her favorite acting roles include: Joanna in “Home Free,” Fairy Freak Finooza in “Six Stories Up, Up & Away,” Prunella in “Canker Sores and Other Distractions” and Mother of victim in “Bully: The Hip Hop Musical.” She also enjoys faeries, puppets, festivals (especially Pierogi, Wizard of Oz, crafts & circus), hiking, thrift shopping, reading and social justice!
She has her M.A. in Communication, Media and Theatre and her B.S. in Elementary Education, with a Jr. High/Middle School Theatre Endorsement.