Lauren Sale is an arts administrator, teaching artist, and director specializing in theatre with, for, and by young people and community groups. Lauren is a proud graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London with an MA in Applied Theatre (Drama Education and Drama in the Community); she also holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University.
After beginning her education and administrative career in London working with The Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, and Tender Education and Arts, Lauren has led education departments as Director of Education at Writers Theatre in Chicago, Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, FL, and North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. She is delighted to be back in her home town of Durham.
As a teaching artist, Lauren has worked extensively delivering in-school residency programs as well as performance-based Conservatory training throughout Chicago, London, Southwest Florida and right here in the Triangle. Her in-school work includes projects with Tender Education and Arts, delivering in-school residency programs to primary and secondary schools across London exploring healthy relationships, substance misuse, and conflict resolution techniques through theatre; with the Young Vic, she delivered pre and post-performance workshops exploring themes and making personal connections to the material students saw; with Auditorium theatre Chicago, Lauren created arts-integration residencies exploring math, science, and literacy through theatre.
In her work with Conservatory training, her students have gone on to perform professionally on Broadway, in London's West End, and across regional theatres including in Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Kinky Boots, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, Southwark Playhouse, London The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and West End’s Tina!, Motown the Musical and Grease. Her students have gone to further study at prestigious high school programs such as the acclaimed Brit School in London and UNCSA as well as musical theatre programs at University of Michigan, Rider University, and The Institute of the Arts Barcelona, among others
As a director, favorite credits include Romeo & Juliet, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Florida Repertory Theatre), The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights (Writers Theatre). As a director, Lauren specializes in devising which is creating a piece of theatre from scratch. Favorite devising credits include Esse Quam Videri, Remember The Ladies (NCT Conservatory), Silos (NC Governor's School), Head in the Game, Push Play (Adventure Stage Chicago) and Happily Ever After (Hampstead Theatre).
Katie swimm, PhD
Katie Swimm has been active in community, regional, and university theatre for over twenty years as a director, actor, educator, and scholar. She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University, an MA in Literature at Northwestern, and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University. Her areas of expertise include theatre and mental illness, the performance of faith, politics as performance, and community-based theatre practice, and she's presented work on these topics at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and at the Mid-America Theatre Conference. At Tufts she has taught introductory and advanced acting classes, assisted in voice and speech courses, and courses on theatre history, theatre pedagogy, and professional development.
As a practitioner, Katie has directed, produced, and performed in numerous productions in Boston and Chicago, in regional, community, and academic settings. Directing credits in Boston include Into the Woods and Rent at Tufts University. At The Footlight Club: Big: The Musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Our Town, Legally Blonde, a digital adaptation of The Woman in White (DASH Award, Excellence in Adaptation and Direction), and her own adaptation of The Doll's House. At Vokes Players, she has directed Peter and the Starcatcher (DASH Nomination, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Production) and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. She is also a vocalist in the Nasty Women Sing ensemble, and has appeared locally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Bat Boy at The Footlight Club. In Chicago, she was Managing Director for Greasy Joan &Co., and produced numerous productions with the company including the Jeff Award Nominated The Misanthrope.
When not involved in theatre making, Katie is the Associate Director of Academic Support at the Tufts University Student Accessibility and Academic Resource Center, where she oversees the Academic Coaching and Subject Tutoring Programs.
Danni Dichito is a full time Realtor with Compass, the No. 1 brokerage in the U.S., but one of her biggest passions in life lies in the arts. Danni spent three years working with the North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere non-profit professional theatre, as the public relations and digital marketing manager. She looks back on her years in school choir as some of the most memorable and transformative years of her life, and she has carried that belief in the power of the arts into adulthood. Originally from Charlotte, she's called the Triangle home for the past eight years. Danni loves the diversity and energy of the Raleigh area, and she enjoys working alongside people from different backgrounds, cultures, and creeds every day. She lives in Apex, NC with her husband, Eric, and fur baby, Calvin. Some of her other passions in life include eating fantastic Italian food, cooking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching endless animal videos on Instagram. Danni is thrilled to support Vault Theatre by tapping into her professional marketing experience and personal love for the arts.
Sarah Cushman is a theatre artist and educator living in Chicago. She graduated from Furman University with a BA in Theatre Arts in 2017 and a current MFA candidate at George Washington University for Classical Acting. Sarah has spent the last seven years working with young people of all ages! Some of her favorite youth productions she has worked on include Guys and Dolls Jr, The Lion King Jr, and Legally Blonde Jr (Florida Repertory Theatre) and Aristocats Kids and High School Musical Jr (Improv Playhouse). She is so excited to get back into the classroom and help build, create, and discover many more new worlds through play.
Austyn Hope Davis
Austyn is a Mississippian currently surviving in the Alaskan tundra. She holds degrees in Theatre and Speech Pathology from the University of Mississippi, and has worked as a Teaching Artist, Choreographer, and Stage Manager for companies across the country. Favorite recent credits include Much Ado About Nothing (TBA Theatre), Arc Trials (Mudlark Theatre Company), and Legally Blonde (Florida Repertory Theatre). Her movement background is in gymnastics and contemporary dance, and she was most recently training in Ariel Arts with The Actors Gymnasium in Chicago. When she’s not busting a move on her living room, Austyn enjoys hiking, reading, and taking the first scoop out of a brand new peanut butter jar. She is overjoyed to join Vault Theatre for its inaugural summer camp!