"I used to dance around the house and taught myself the Annie soundtrack. I got into singing and fell in love with it." Laura Breckenridge.
Accomplished actress, singer and dancer Laura Breckenridge got her start on stage at age 10, playing Marie for a total of seven years in The Pennsylvania Ballet's production of ''The Nutcracker.'' She has since done some screen acting, most notably as 19-year-old college student Rose, the youngest of the Sorelli sisters who just switched her major from pre-med to experimental theater, in the WB's comedy-drama series "Related" (2005-2006). On the big screen, she could be seen in the films "Southern Belles" (2005; shared the title role with Anna Faris), "Havoc" (2005), "Loving Annabelle" (2006) and "The Favor" (2006). She has wrapped her upcoming film projects: "Amusement," "Beautiful Loser," and "Let Them Chirp Awhile."
Meanwhile, the multi-talented rising star also resumes her stage works, making her Broadway debut in Richard Eyre's ''The Crucible,'' opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, and appeared with Scott Foley, Brooke Adams and Larry Bryggman in "The Cherry Orchard" at The Atlantic Theater in New York City. She also acted in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway plays ''The Moonlight Room'' and ''God of Vengeance,'' and played the title role of Baby in the Broadway Workshop of ''The Baby and Johnny Project'' (aka Dirty Dancing). She was also in ''The Radio City Christmas Spectacular,'' for which she can be heard singing on the production's cast recording.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to a nursing teacher mother and a radiologist father, Laura Breckenridge was born on August 22, 1983, in Flourtown, Pennslyvania. She was trained with The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet at the age of three and later with The School of American Ballet, The Royal Ballet in London and NYC's Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She also went to the Professional Children's School in New York.
Laura is majoring in classics with a theater and dance certificate at Princeton University in New Jersey and continues to train for ballet at various studios in New York and Los Angeles. She is currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
"I took last year off, and I'm taking my time getting through college. I love college. I know I sound like a dork."
Trained with The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet at the age of three, Laura Breckenridge, 10 years old at the time, was chosen by Christopher D'Ambroise as the youngest Marie in The Pennsylvania Ballet's production of ''The Nutcracker,'' which she would perform for a total of seven years while continuing to perform with The Pennsylvania Ballet in various productions including ''Coppelia'' and ''Cinderella.'' Meanwhile, she played Pepper in the musical "Annie" (1995), at Twelve Caesars Dinner Theatre, City Line Avenue, PA, alongside Kristine Bogan and Joanna Pacitti, and played Lullabye League in "The Wizard Of Oz" (1996) at Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, along with Pacitti. Breckenridge, who studied voice with composer Russell Faith (who has guided the careers of Andrea McArdle, Joey Lawrence, and many others), was also featured in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular (Massachusetts) and on the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular Cast Recording" Album (released November 7, 2000).
Breckenridge began appearing in film at age 15, playing a 12-year-old girl named Gabby, in director Richard Schenkman's drama comedy starring Jon Cryer and Rick Stear, "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five" (1998). Entering the new millennium, she arrived on television, playing guest roles in an episode of Disney TV series based on the "Monday Night Football Club" books by Gordon Korman, "The Jersey," and Fox teen drama "Boston Public." She also starred in a failed TV series titled "Definitely Maybe," alongside Alanna Masterson.
During this time, Breckenridge played Baby in the "Baby and Johnny" (August 2001; John Jay Theater, New York City, New York), a Broadway Workshop by Eleanor Bergstein adapted from the movie "Dirty Dancing," and played girl in courtroom in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (March 2002; Virginia Theatre-Broadway, New York City, New York), opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. She also plays Rivkele in Donald Margulies' play adapted from the play by Sholom Asch and based upon a literal translation by Joachim Neugroschel, "God of Vengeance" (August 2002; Adams Memorial Theater, Williamstown, Massachussets), and played Sal in Tristine Skyler's "The Moonlight Room" (November-December 2003; Tribeca Playhouse-Off Broadway, New York City, New York), which she reprised in February 2004 when the play was staged at Theatre Row's Samuel Beckett Theatre-Off Broadway, New York City, New York. Additionally, she played Caitlin in Kristin Hanggi's play "12th Premise" at The Producer's Club, New York City, New York, in June 2004.
Returning to television, Breckenridge starred as as Rose, the youngest of the Sorelli sisters, a 19-year-old college student attending NYU, in the WB's comedy-drama series "Related" (2005-2006), alongside Jennifer Esposito, Kiele Sanchez, Lizzy Caplan and Callum Blue. Meanwhile, she resumes her film works, costarring with Anna Faris as two best friends plot out the course for achieving their dream of making it to the big city, Atlanta, in Paul S. Myers and Brennan Shroff's comedy "Southern Belles" (2005), and playing a small part in Barbara Kopple's romantic drama "Havoc" (2005), starring Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, Freddy Rodriguez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Laura San Giacomo. She also supported Diane Gaidry and Erin Kelly, playing a teenager who is very troubled and cuts her wrists, in Katherine Brooks' controversial film "Loving Annabelle" (2006), and portrayed the younger version of Frank Wood's old flame Caroline (the adult version was played by Paige Turco) in writer/director Eva S. Aridjis' drama, "The Favor" (2006).
On stage, Breckenridge could be seen as Anya in Tom Donaghy's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play "The Cherry Orchard" (June 2005; Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, New York), with Scott Foley, Brooke Adams and Larry Bryggman, and was featured in Sarah Kane's "4.48 Psychosis" (2005; Theater Senior Thesis Project at Princeton University), which was directed by Joe Cermatori.
Most recently, Breckenridge starred in Stewart Schill's 19-minute musical "I Hate Musicals" (2007) and in the 26-minute film based on the poetry of acclaimed Argentinean filmmaker Carlos Hugo Christensen, "Tres" (2007), as gorgeous bathing beauty Camilla, Terca Feira Em Copacabana. She will next be seen alongside Katheryn Winnick and Jessica Lucas, playing three women stalked by a killer with a grudge that extends back to their childhoods, in John Simpson's suspense horor "Amusement," and as Adam Lamberg's object of affection in writer/director John Nolte's drama comedy "Beautiful Loser." She also has completed her upcoming film by writer/director Jonathan Blitstein, an independent drama/comedy titled "Let Them Chirp Awhile," alongside Justin Rice and Brendan Sexton III.