LAURA BERGEN, STARZ Creative Director

Laura was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She graduated from Friends University in 2007 with a degree in Music Theater. Since childhood, Laura has had a desire to create dances – specifically for theater. During her college training, God breathed life into this dream and Laura began her career as a choreographer. Over the past 10 years, she has been a Director, Choreographer, and Production Assistant in theater settings ranging from large-scale productions to small summer camps. Most recently, she served as Choreographer for Forestgate Community Theatre, where she had the honor of choreographing two of her dream shows: Fiddler on the Roof and Mary Poppins. In addition to her work in theater, Laura has also been teaching dance since 2007 and truly cherishes every chance she has to nurture and grow a love of dance in a young child. In 2008, Laura and her husband, Justin, were privileged to be a part of the core team that founded Christian Youth Theatre Wichita. This experience tremendously impacted Laura and fueled her passion for providing youth with the opportunity to learn and perform in a God-honoring environment. She is thrilled to be joining the Starz program and Turning Pointe and looks forward to making new memories! Laura and her husband have been married for nearly 10 years and they share 3 precious little boys (future Newsies), a family love of snow sports and a slight obsession with coffee.