Lawrence Grimm has been an actor and teacher for over 20 years. His teaching artist work includes extensive residencies in New York and Chicago’s public, private, and parochial schools, social services facilities, and with corporate businesses and ad agencies. In New York he worked with Lincoln Center Institute, Roundabout Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, and Arts Connection. In Chicago his affiliations as a teacher include the Second City, Piven Theater Workshop, the Acting Studio, Writer’s Theater, Lookingglass Theater, The Illinois Arts Council, CAPE, Urban Gateways and Steppenwolf for
Young Audiences where he serves as Senior Facilitator for Curriculum and Instruction. He has a Masters in Education
from DePaul University and was a high school English and Drama teacher at Stevenson High School for three years and Chicago’s public high school for the arts, Chi-Arts, for four years.  Lawrence was the director of the Thresholds Theater Arts Project for seven years which brought the voices of adults who have suffered from mental illness to the stage. Additionally he has worked with the Memory Ensemble and those afflicted with Alzheimer’s through the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

As an actor, he is a founding ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theater and is the Director of Education and co-founder of their Youth Ensemble. He has worked extensively at Chicago’s prominent theaters including shows with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Next, Timeline, Court,  Collaboraction, Piven Theater Workshop and the Goodman. Film and Television roles include Welcome to Me (directed by Shira Piven with Kristen Wiig), Chicago PD, Unsolved Mysteries, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Cicero in Winter and Perfect Manhttan.

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The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i