Meet the Siren - Lauren Mitchell
Updated: May 21
How are you today?
Feeling like a busy little bee. When you work in the arts, projects are like buses where you get nothing for a year and then hit by many at the same time.
So as we know you’re one of the founding members of Siren Theatre Company, did you always think you would end up working in theatre and the arts?
Pretty much, yeah. I honestly can’t think of a time where I didn’t know I was going to do theatre. I wanted to be an actor for a while, but by the end of school I was so fascinated by every aspect of theatre that I knew I wanted to be behind the scenes as much as I was on the stage. So I’m pretty happy with where I’ve ended up.
If you weren’t in the performing arts, in an alternative life, what route do you think you would have taken? Is there another job you would have loved to try out?
Definitely something to do with history. I’ve always been a history geek. I’d actually really love to give tour-guiding a try one day.
Here at Siren, we think it’s important to celebrate and acknowledge our achievements. What has been your proudest professional moment; something you will never forget?
Every job has goosebump moments so it’s hard to pick one. When I was at uni I won an award to share part of a project I’d been working on at a festival at the Traverse Theatre. It was the first time I felt like a real director. Also, there was something really special about the first time us Sirens met and we performed the first ideas of Text Me after making it over just 24 hours. It was truly magical.
Okay, now we’re going to get down to the serious, nitty gritty questions - are you ready?
Do I have a choice?
What’s your star sign?
What's your order when you visit a coffee shop?
I’m a mad tea drinker so probably the funkiest herbal tea they have on offer.
If you could take a flight to anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go and why?
London because they’re amazing theatres are open.
If you’re having a bad day, what’s the song you would listen to cheer up?
Anything by Caravan Palace. They’re incredible French happiness robots who deliver pure serotonin in their songs.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Anything Italian or with goats cheese on it.
If you were to describe yourself in three words only, what three words would you pick?
Passionate, Obsessive, Excitable
If you could master one musical instrument overnight, which one would you like it to be?
I got a tin whistle for Christmas which I’m determined to master.
We’re all about blue sky thinking and manifestation here at Siren, what’s one goal or achievement you’d like to happen in the near future? This could be anything from running 5K to winning a Grammy.
To start making theatre that I’m really proud of, that feels like it has my stamp on it, and that is genuinely having an impact on its audience.