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 was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama 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. In 2019, she founded Atypical Artists, a company dedicated to audio storytelling. 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…
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).
Coming out on Stitcher Premium in late 2019, 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.
Atypical Artists' first official release, ARCS is an actual-play D&D 5e podcast, in which three unlikely comrades journey through the mystical realm of Thirithia in search of a famed relic! Featuring immersive production, original music and a lightning pace, ARCS is the perfect show for anyone looking for a hearty sip of comedy, drama, and a teensy bit of bad language. Atypical Artists COO Jordan Cope DMs, Shippen is one of the players.
Wooden Overcoats is a British Podcast Awards-winning audio drama about Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone, who run their family’s failing funeral parlour. Shippen was invited to write a guest episode in 2017, titled "At Home in the Dark".
THE INFINITE NOISE
September 24th, 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.”
Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. Which sounds pretty cool except Caleb's ability is extreme empathy—he feels the emotions of everyone around him. Being an empath in high school would be hard enough, but Caleb's life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. Adam's feelings are big and all-consuming, but they fit together with Caleb's feelings in a way that he can't quite understand.
Caleb's therapist, Dr. Bright, encourages Caleb to explore this connection by befriending Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, his therapist—who seems to know a lot more than she lets on—and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be.
"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."