©2019 by Laura Elisabeth Ulrich

 

ABOUT LAURA

Family recognized Laura Elisabeth Ulrich’s talent as she scatted along to “Lullaby of Birdland” before she could speak. Since then she has dazzled on stage and behind the scenes for more than three dozen productions, performed on national and international stages, and led classes and workshops on her craft. She is so versatile – whether she is singing a Mozart aria, teaching vocals for youth musical productions, running sound design for a production of The Great Gatsby, or taking on dual roles as assistant director and the character Widow Jeanne in CA Studio’s production of Shakespeare’s 
Much Ado About Nothing – that she has literally won an “Is There Anything You Can’t Do?” award.

Laura’s early training included performing with North Central Louisiana Masterworks Chorus Young Singers – she auditioned at age eight with an acapella rendition of “Seek Ye First” – and diving into musical theatre at her “childhood home,” Strauss Theatre, under the guidance of Cathy Airhart Webb and Chris Ringham. She took the stage in 20 productions 1996-2004 and worked backstage on six. Laura then shined on campus and beyond during college at Louisiana Tech with the vocal training of Dr. Laura Thompson. She excelled in campus ensembles and productions, won regional competitions, and earned coveted invitations to perform on both the Louisiana Composer’s Consortium Concert Series and the Robert E. Cheatham Honors Recital three years running.

In 2006 Laura traveled to Austria with Louisiana Tech Chamber Singers to perform in the International Mozart Festival. She flew back to Europe in 2007. Destination: Italy and the Rome Opera Festival. Originally slated to be an Italian actress’s understudy for Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Fritz Maraffi, Laura won the role for herself! Back in America, Laura continued to wow at local and national events before graduating with a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a minor in vocal performance in 2009. She then studied psychology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and continued refining her voice with Dr. Louis Nabors. In 2010, Laura performed in Star Wars: in Concert in Bossier City with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dirk Brossé. She earned her master’s degree the following year and took a break from the stage.

But Laura’s love for the arts would not be denied. She returned in 2018 by reuniting with Cathy Airhart Webb at CA Studio. Finding herself at home again in the spotlight and behind the curtains, Laura is seizing opportunities to conjure fantastic experiences and channel her dynamic talent and passion into what fills her heart – her favorite team sport – theatre.

 

EDUCATION & SKILLS

2010-2011

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

Master of Science in Psychology, Psychometrics

2004-2009

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of General Studies, Humanities
Minor: Vocal Performance

 

Tennis, Water Skiing, Swimming, Writing, Four-Wheeler Driving, Automatic and Standard-Shift Vehicle Driving, Video Gaming, Marksmanship: Pistol, Computers, 120 WPM, Music Composition, Sound Design, Vocal Range: E3-D6, Singing: Lyric Mezzo-Soprano, Singing: Mezzo-Soprano Belter, Dancing: Cha Cha Cha, Dancing: Bachata, Dancing: LA Style Salsa (+tricks and dips), Dialects: British, German, French, Russian, Southern

 

TRAINING & GROUPS

 

VOCAL TRAINING

Dr. Louis Nabors
Dr. Laura Thompson

THEATRICAL TRAINING

Cathy Airhart Webb

DANCE TRAINING

Jeffrey Dominessey, Argentine Tango

Jay Stylz, Salsa, Bachata, Body Isolation, Tricks

Jenni Marcano, Hand Shines, Foot Shines, Tricks

Christian Villalobos, Salsa, Musicality, Dips and Couple Tricks

Crystal Verver, Hand Shines, Foot Shines, Spins

Mikko Kemppe, Salsa, Cha cha cha

ACTING GROUPS

CA Studio 2018-Current, 2008-2010

Improv 2018-2019

DANCE GROUPS

Salsa Monroe 2005-2009

CHORAL GROUPS

First United Methodist Church Choir, Shreveport 2009-2012

First United Methodist Church Choir, Monroe 2007-2009

Louisiana Tech Women’s Choir 2007-2008

Louisiana Tech Chamber Singers 2004-2009

Louisiana Tech Concert Choir 2004-2008

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Choir, Monroe 2004-2007

Neville High School Choir 2001-2004

Neville High School Tower Singers 2001-2004

Masterworks Young Singers 1996-2000

COMPETITIONS & AWARDS

Strauss Theatre Center

CHRISTOPHER AWARDS

  • Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Sister Act 2018

  • Nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy/Drama Divorce Southern Style 2005

Louisiana Tech University

PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Cheatham Honors Recital Performer 2006, 2007, 2008

  • Ben Laney Memorial Scholarship 2006, 2007

  • Virginia Thompson Memorial Scholarship 2006, 2007

  • School of the Performing Arts Dorm Waiver 2004-2008

  • Choral Scholarship 2004-2008

Regional Judge

COLGATE COUNTRY SHOWDOWN

Regional Judge for 2008 and 2009 competitions

Local Judge

HONKY TONK TALENT SEARCH

Local Judge for 2007 and 2008 competitions

Southern Regional Competition

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SINGING (NATS)

  • 1st place – Classical, Sophomore Women 2006

  • 1st place – Classical, Freshman Women 2005

  • 3rd place – Lower College Musical Theatre, Men and Women 2005