Writer. Director. Storyteller.
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 write and direct the #1 podcasts Bridgewater and Passenger List, for which she received an iHeart Podcast Award and BBC Audio Drama Award, Webby, and two British Podcast Awards respectively. She also wrote MARVELS, an audio adaptation of the popular comic and Surviving Hawkins, a Stranger Things podcast. Her newest original, Maxine Miles, is a choose-your-own-adventure mystery with iHeartRadio and she be premiered her next show, Mirage Diner, at Tribeca Festival in June 2022. She has written three novels with Tor Teen. Most recently, Lauren started a chat podcast all about Tumblr, called Dashboard Diaries.
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 the Pacific Northwest, where she does the same thing.