There’s a delicious mix of sheroes who roared onto the scene in the 1920s and '30s and took early Hollywood by storm.
Diverse as these women were in personality, talent, and achievement, their respective legacies hold powerful shared themes. These bold women knew how to truly get it done—as actors, writers, producers, and directors.
We can use their wisdom to conquer the 21st-century challenges that we face. You'll leave these lectures and workshops ready to knock through any obstacles in your path.
Offerings (available as a lecture or workshop):
* Vintage Hollywood Women: Women's Empowerment and the Silver Screen
* LGBTQ Pride via Vintage Hollywood: Heroes Take the Stage
Price Range: $1,950-$2950
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
"I loved learning about LGBT/ally women in Old Hollywood in order to inspire you to lead a bolder, fiercer life."
-Clare M., student
"It is such an empowering workshop, you learn about so much that you don't usually get to hear about. You get to learn about the women of Vintage Hollywood that really helped paved the way."
-Student and workshop attendee
"I left thinking about how we all need to be comfortable in our own skin. It also applies to self-image and accepting yourself as you are whether overweight or skinny, tall or short."
-Laura P., student
Key Topics: Authenticity, Character Development, Community Building, Decision Making, Creative Thinking, Diversity, Leadership, LGBTQ+ Issues, Motivation & Inspiration, Multicultural Issues, Personal Growth, Self Esteem, Women's Issues & Empowerment (Title IX compliant)
Learning Outcomes: Queer Heroes Take the Stage for Modern Activism
- understand what makes the Vintage Hollywood period unique for LGBTQ+ people
- connect the stories of LGBTQ+ people in Vintage Hollywood to actionable lessons for contemporary activists
- build a sense of LGBTQ+ lineage and pride in cultural heritage
- grasp the importance of preserving our history and uncovering our past heroes
- empower our leaders to see no obstacle as insurmountable
Learning Outcomes: Vintage Hollywood Women: Uncover the Darlings Who Dared
- empathize with challenges that women faced when fighting for success in Vintage Hollywood
- connect the stories of women in Vintage Hollywood to actionable lessons
- discover how Vintage Hollywood women overcame discrimination for their gender, as well as race, gender expression, and ethnicity
- recognize the importance of telling our own stories
If you book a lecture:
1) I arrive 30-60 minutes early to make sure all technical requirements are secure
2) My presentation style is energetic, warm, and open. I'm a standup comic when I'm not lecturing so I am attuned to the audience response and will shift my speed accordingly. Throughout the lecture I tell stories about Silver Screen divas and how I took inspiration from them, and so can the audience.
If you book a workshop:
1) I arrive 30-60 minutes early to make sure all technical requirements we need to handle
2) To start the workshop I perform one scene from my play Garbo Dreams. Nothing is needed for this except a chair.
3) The presentation proceeds with a mix of lecture, video, and photos. First I speak about what it was like for an actor in the Silver Screen era. Then I dive into a particular diva, for example, Greta Garbo. I tell stories, show photos and videos that illuminate a certain quality that she exhibited. At the conclusion of each set of stories I ask for audience participation in detailing how we can use that quality in contemporary life. Then we move onto the next diva.
4) Interactive element: If we decide to use include the interactive element in the workshop, I give out quotes from Silver Screen divas to everyone in the audience. At precise times during the presentation I will call on one person at a time to read their quote. This is usually everyone's favorite part of the presentation, even if they do not ever speak in public. I have successfully worked with many different ages and abilities to coordinate this element.
“Lauren LoGiudice has created a fascinating and poignant piece with Vintage Hollywood Heroes. Her performance of the piece at SAGE Midtown was phenomenal. She engaged the audience right from the opening moment through a variety of theatrical conventions and she also gave them the chance to shine and perform by giving nearly every person in the room lines to read, which resulted in hilarious moments of joy. LoGiudice recognized that the early queer history she’s looking at it in the piece was formative history for this SAGE audience and she made beautiful parallels about the importance of preserving LGBT history, whether it’s about Hollywood starlets or regular people. She adapted easily to the needs of the audience and she dazzled the crowd with her performance skills, deep and nuanced knowledge of LGBT history, and her passion for bringing these hidden histories to life through theatre. Lauren was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her as an artist and facilitator.”
- Christian Hansen Appel; Women’s Program Coordinator; Arts, Education and Technology; Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Lauren LoGiudice is an actor, writer, and character chameleon. In addition to her television and film work (Veep, When Harry Tries to Marry, Beautiful Something), Lauren also tours a lecture and workshops about women’s empowerment and LGBT pride via stories of Vintage Hollywood. When not speaking or on set Lauren creates original work through standup, solo plays, storytelling (Moth StorySLAM Champion), and sketch comedy characters. She has presented her solo shows Queens Girl and Garbo Dreams, and sketch comedy characters throughout the United States and internationally, particularly in Italy and Sweden. After the theatrical release of the feature film, When Harry Tries to Marry, Lauren was singled out as a rising star. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, BBC America, Curve Magazine, Next Magazine, Roma C’e, amongst others. Moth StorySlam Champ.
Additional Booking Notes
If we are using a projector and screen I would simple plug in my laptop, a MacBook Pro.
Past Booked Events
|March 25, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Queer Heroes Take the Stage for Modern Activism|
|March 24, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Vintage Hollywood Women: The Divas Who Dared|
Influences & Inspiration
The sirens of the Silver Screen era including:
* Greta Garbo
* Joan Crawford
* Anna Mae Wong
* May West
* Josephine Baker
* Mercedes de Acosta
* Tallulah Bankhead
These lecture and workshops would not be possible without the kind contributions of our supporters including:
Beekman Bar and Books
CAVE Arts Space
del Sol Photography
Hundred Stories PR
Instrata Lifestyle Residences
Lexington Bar and Books
Norwood Arts Club
Stephen Seay Productions
Theater Resources Unlimited
Projector and Screen (preferred but not essential)
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