Loren Lester recently completed the National Tour of the Tony-awarding winning Broadway musical, The Band’s Visit, which played in 44 cities in 28 states. Loren is an actor, writer and the director of Los Angeles-area productions of Madama Butterfly, Aida, and Carmen (starring Suzanna Guzman), Pagliacci (both in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas), the Los Angeles premiere of Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, and the world premiere of the one-act operas Vayero and Khazak V’Hamtaz. He also directed La Bohème with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Loren has also directed numerous musicals and plays, including the award-winning production of T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party. His original plays and musicals include Will & Bess and A Green Umbrella. He is also the director of the musical web series Let’s Do Lunch!, and the stage show It’s Magic: The Music of Doris Day. Loren is also a book editor on the memoirs of actor William Daniels (There I Go Again, University of Nebraska Press, 2017,) and the upcoming autobiography of Emmy-winning actress Bonnie Bartlett.
As an actor, Loren is a familiar face with over 40 years of credits, guest-starring in over 200 TV shows (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Orville, Hung, Parenthood, etc.) and in numerous films (Red Eye, Rock ‘N Roll High School, etc.) Loren is married to singer/actress Kelly Lester and together they have three singer/actress daughters.