Lauren Francesca is a native New Yorker. She was bred to be an entertainer at a young age amongst a family of performers. Growing up backstage, in the audience of Broadway Shows, on the set of many commercials and at her parents dance studio and rehearsal space she realized there was no business like show business. As a toddler Lauren ran around the house with Madonna necklaces and a microphone performing at family functions for all her relatives.
Her Father Fred Siretta was a Broadway actor, dancer and choreographer who worked with directors such as Elia Kazan. Her mother Jo Ann Cifala graduated from the Washington Ballet and danced in Broadway shows such as “Very Good Eddie” and “Whoopie”.
During elementary school Lauren followed in her mother, Jo Ann Cifala and Father Fred Siretta’s foot steps and studied at their school, The American dance and Drama studio. She was also enrolled in a specialized performing Arts elementary school, PS164 as a vocal major. At the age of 10 she performed a solo for over 500,000 people at The Washington Monument’s “America Sings”. When she turned 11 she began studying at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School, and was accepted there as a full time student. Yet acting was always the art that came easiest for Lauren. In Jr. high she was a member of the Drama club. Her father who studied with Lee Strasberg, stressed the importance in both a classical education and in learning the processes of Constantin Stanislavski. So as per her father’s rules, after leaving the drama club every night she would review the work with her father and apply Stanislavki’s technique.
At the age of 13, with less than 3 weeks until her specialized high school auditions, Lauren broke her ankle at a gymnastics’ competition doing aerials. Lauren taped up her ankle before every audition, and left wearing a boot. She was accepted to all of the NYC performing arts high schools. Lauren choose PPAS, Professional Performing Arts whose Alumni include- Jesse Eisenberg, Alica Keys, Clarie Danes, etc. Her first year of HS she was accepted into Alvin Alleys Junior Division on Scholarship, and placed in the highest level for dance, a rare accomplishment for freshman. Freshman year also marked her experience with her first talent Manager and was consistently auditioning after and sometimes during school.
During High School Lauren was the editor of her school news paper and tutored many of her classmates. She also performed off off Broadway plays with American Theater Ensemble. Directed by Domanick Rossetti.
At 17, confused about her direction, Lauren left performing and attended college as pre med. She turned down the opportunity to help her uncle, Daniel Siretta with a show he was working on, “Some Like it Hot” with Tony Curtis, because of a scholarship from Fordham. Unhappy at Fordham Lauren transferred to NYIT, New York Institute of Technology.
Lauren became an asset to her schools organization. She contributed and organized food drives, gatherings for underprivileged children, donated materials for many charities and broke the record in her schools voter registration, registering over 200 people to vote. President of the schools honor society, Phi Eta Sigma, and the Women’s Association- Lauren spoke at many of her college’s open houses and ceremonies. And was also an active member of her colleges Drama program and performed every semester. Lauren graduated with a BS in premed, biology Sigma Cum Laude. Upon graduation she was awarded the Jules H. Singer Memorial Award, which is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to intellectual and cultural climate of the college during a period of the past academic year as well as the Richard Gabay Memorial Award, which is given to a student for demonstrating outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities.
Right before she graduated she was picked by her college to film their orientation video for prospective students. After two days of being followed around by a camera crew Lauren was reminded of her creative roots. This re-ignited her passion for acting.
Within a month back in the game Lauren was picked to host, “America’s Hottest Mom”. A show that was picked up by CBS but sat on the shelves due to the writers strike. Studying Miesner at William Espers, Lauren made acting her life.
She started booking numerous roles on many different commercial and music videos. In 2008 and 2009 she appeared numerous commercials. She did an international AT&T campaign, was in commercials for MTV, Comedy Central, Spike TV etc. She appeared as a lead in videos for Los Campesinos, Winsin y Yandel, Methodman and Redman, Don Omar, etc. She also began studying at T. Schreiber for scene study with Susan Pilar and UCB, Upright Citizens Brigade for improv. She was fortunate enough to start working for Barely Political, a Next New Networks Partner in September 2008. She appeared in many of their comedy sketches including the Bear Vs. Bull sketch that was covered in the Daily News, Metro News and AM News.
2009 was a very busy year for Lauren she was NYCastings top booker. Her first feature film was a supporting role in the movie “The Gate of Falling Angels” , she played a supporting role and had an on screen kiss with Vinny Guadagnino from the Jersey Shore. Before he became a reality star. About a month later she booked another supporting role in the movie, 24 to Score, Directed and produced by the producer of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Lauren started working on a lot of different independent projects. But in May of 09’ she started collaborating with her good friend and mentor Al Thompson. Al is an actor producer that taught Lauren what goes on behind the scenes. Lauren worked as a production coordinator, for Lenox Ave, starring Dorian Missick, Al Thompson, Jamie Hector, Michael K. Williams, Ryan Vigilant, Victor Williams, and Chenoa Maxwell. Lauren was a reoccurring character on this. It has gone to many comedy festivals, including San Diego Black Film Festival, NYTVF, etc. She then helped with the production coordinating for Johnny B homeless- Starring Al Thompson and Keenan Thompson (SNL). This project won a people’s choice award at the NYTVF and has also gone to San Diego Black Film Festival, and NYTVF. She appeared on the Daily Show and was recognized in the Magazine back stage for her role in the “Still a Boss Music Parody” Starring Slim Thug.
In September 2009 Lauren did a video parody with Barely Political, newly created channel, “The Key of Awesome”. It was their first parody of a celebrity. Lauren engrossed her self and became Lady Gaga, the video was huge success and received over 25 million views on youtube. The Key of Awesome than started parodying other celebrities in more videos. The next big hit was the “Jersey Shore” parody which aired on MTV. She then went on to parody Heidi Montag, and create the character of Tron girl. In 2010 Lauren’s Lady Gaga Telephone parody was a huge success on Youtube and jump started her career. The Lady Gaga Parody was deemed by entertainment weekly to be 2010’s best web parody. The video was featured on Perez and was also Gawkers best Lady Gaga Parody. Lauren has over 200 million views online and has appeared in over 100 videos for Barely Political. In the summer of 2010 Jace Alexander who directed Law and Order and Rescue Me, saw Lauren’s parody and offered her a role in his pilot for the FX Network. Lauren had no official representation until after the pilot finished, so Jace had to send her the offer letter through Facebook. She was later offered the role of Jessica in the movie, “The One” dir. Caytha Jentis, as well as a role in “Uncle Melvins Apartment” dir Criag Weintraub. In Dec 2010, Lauren was the first to get killed in an upcoming horror movie “Cut” Starring Tony Todd, Michael Berryman, Kane Hodder.