"...Laura Giannarelli, her raven hair cascading
over luscious robes, puts
a sharp edge
(Nelson Pressley review of Back To Methusaleh —Washington Post)
Over the summer, Laura taught Voice for the Actor for the CUA High School Drama Institute and directed a reading of The Tempest for Theatre Lab at Theatre J with Mitchell Hebert as Prospero.
Laura's most recent acting role was the Oracle in part two of George Bernard Shaw's Back To Methuselah
at the Washington Stage Guild.
Directing assignments include In Praise of Love, The Old Masters, Dante’s Inferno and Village Wooing for Stage Guild and Faith Healer for Quotidian Theatre.
Laura is listed in DCMetroTheaterArts’
Best of 2014: Best Directors of a
in Professional Theatre
A long-time actor in Washington D.C.,
Laura is also an audio book narrator.
She is now in her 36th year of narrating audio books for the Library of Congress with 900 titles recorded, including the Alexander Scourby Award-winning Little House on the
Prairie series (she just narrated Wilder's "newest" title, Pioneer Girl).
As actor, Laura played Sister Aloysius in Doubt for Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre; toured with the Kennedy Center in a play for young people about Russian Jewish immigrants,
Dreams in the Golden Country; played the role of Mrs. Pearce in the Stage Guild's Pygmalion; and Elizabeth in the critically acclaimed Angel Street at Olney Theatre in Maryland. Laura played Amalia in Motti Lerner's Pangs of the Messiah at Theatre J.
Currently the President of the Stage Guild’s Board, Laura is a founding Stage Guild company member, where she has appeared in more than 30 plays since 1986.
Favorite roles in past seasons with the Guild include Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Teresa in The Memory of Water, Mademoiselle in An Empty Plate
in the Café du Grand Boeuf, Mercy Lott
in Humble Boy,
and the Woman in The Unexpected Man.
As a vocal coach, Laura shares her expertise
in coaching sessions before and during the studio recording process, giving direction to those preparing for
v-o and specifically the audio book business. As former chair of the local Equity Liaison committee for Actors' Equity Association, she helped local theaters and actors further their understanding of how Equity operates. Laura is also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.