Writer. Director. Storyteller.
"Through a deceptively simple format, the writer and director Lauren Shippen has created a gripping character drama with blockbuster-worthy plot twists."
The New York Times on The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is a writer best known for her work in fiction podcasts. She was the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama The Bright Sessions, which ran from 2015 to 2018. She went on to executive produce The AM Archives and co-produce the #1 podcast Passenger List, for which she received a BBC Audio Drama Award, Webby, and British Podcast Award. Most recently, she wrote MARVELS, an audio adaptation of the popular comic. Her first novel, The Infinite Noise, was released through Tor Teen in September 2019.
Lauren was named one of Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 in Media and one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch. Through her company Atypical Artists, she helps bring others' audio stories to life. Shippen grew up in New York, where she spent most of her youth reading and going to Panic! at the Disco shows. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she does the same thing.
THE BRIGHT SESSIONS
The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients - each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright. The Bright Sessions ran for four seasons and the entire series can be listened to on any podcast platform.
THE AM ARCHIVES
Six months after The Bright Sessions concludes we begin again with The AM Archives, a Luminary exclusive that tracks the mysterious Dr. Bright as she tries to reform the institution that once betrayed her. Along with time-traveler Sam Barnes and ex-enemy Owen Green, Dr. Bright helps “Atypicals” learn how to use their abilities. But in an effort to defang The Atypical Monitors, the trio comes face to face with a patient unlike any other…
THE COLLEGE TAPES
Three years after the end of The Bright Sessions, Caleb and Adam are reunited when a mysterious secret society shows up on Adam’s campus. They’re sucked into a dangerous conspiracy, and back into each other’s orbits, learning more about the world of Atypicals and the mixed-up feelings they still have for each other. This Luminary exclusive unfolds over the course of twenty episodes, told in both the podcast feed and in the social media feeds of the characters.
THE INFINITE NOISE
Lauren Shippen's debut novel, taking place in the universe of "The Bright Sessions" was released through Tor Teen in 2019.
Caleb Michaels is a sixteen-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond “typical.”
Atlantic Flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le (Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth. Created, co-written, and co-directed by Peabody Award-winner John Scott Dryden. (Tumanbay; LifeAfter). Co-written and Co-directed by Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions). Sound design by Mark Henry Phillips (Homecoming; Serial).
This Marvel podcast is an audio adaptation of Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross's 1994 masterpiece. Shippen penned the series, which stars Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Wu-Tang Clan, HBO’s The Deuce) as Ben Urich, AnnaSophia Robb (Hulu’s The Act) as Marcia Hardesty, Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Discovery) as Mr. Fantastic, and Seth Barrish(Showtime’s Billions) as Phil Sheldon.
A NEON DARKNESS
Robert Gorham always gets what he wants. But the power of persuasion is as potent a blessing as it is a curse.
Robert is alone until a group of strangers who can do impossible things―produce flames without flint, conduct electricity with their hands, and see visions of the past―welcome him. They call themselves Unusuals and they give Robert a new name too: DAMIEN.
Finally, finally he belongs. As long as he can keep his power under control.
But control is a sacrifice he might not be willing to make.
Lauren Shippen's next novel, out September 29th, 2020.
"Shippen’s debut novel is a fluttery, insightful teen romance told in both boys’ voices, filled to the brim with feelings but sidestepping melodrama and coming-out angst. The author gives emotions form, texture, and color, taking readers along on Adam’s and Caleb’s journeys while remembering that a boyfriend is not an antidote to life’s supernatural—or mundane—problems."