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Lauren Patten
Patten at the 74th Tony Awards in 2021
Lauren Marie Patten

(1992-09-22) September 22, 1992 (age 29)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2007–present

Lauren Marie Patten (born September 22, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and writer best known for originating the role of Jo in the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, as well as playing Officer Rachel Witten in the crime series Blue Bloods. For her performance in Jagged Little Pill, Patten won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Early life and education

Patten grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois. She started acting at four, and because of this early start to her career, started homeschooling in seventh grade.[1]

Patten briefly attended New York University and University of Southern California[2] before graduating from The New School with a BA in Creative Writing.[3]

Patten came out as a queer bisexual woman in 2018.[4]


Patten started doing commercials at the age of four and began to perform in community theatre soon afterwards. She made her professional theatre debut when she was 12-years-old, in the Goodman Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. At age 14, she moved to Los Angeles to participate in the Rubicon Theatre's production of A Diary of Anne Frank as the title character. Patten participated in many productions at the Rubicon, and she was nominated for a 2008 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Elma in Bus Stop.[5][6] Patten also won a Santa Barbara Independent Award for her performance as Emily in Our Town.[7] Patten participated in Deaf West's production of Spring Awakening as Ilse.[8] She also portrayed Trashley in the original rock musical Home Street Home by Fat Mike of NOFX.[9]

In 2015, Patten moved to New York City to appear in the original Broadway cast of Fun Home as the cover for Medium Alison and Joan. In 2016, Patten was the captain for Fun Home's team for the Broadway Bowling League, "The Bowl Dykes". [10] On February 2, 2016, Patten took over the role of Medium Alison while original actor Emily Skeggs was away doing a television project until May 22, 2016.[11] Patten then covered Medium Alison and Joan until her final performance on June 19, 2016.[12]

In 2017, Patten played the team captain, #25, in Sarah DeLappe's play, The Wolves about a soccer team of suburban teenage girls. Patten won two awards as part of the ensemble, an Obie Award for Ensemble Performance,[13] and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble.[14] Later in 2017, Patten was the lead in the New York Musical Festival's production of The Goree All-Girl String Band where she played Reable Childs.[15]

Patten originated the role of Jo in the Alanis Morissette jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill in the 2017 reading, and continued in the role in the original production at the American Repertory Theater in 2018.[16] Patten won an IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a large stage musical and was nominated for the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical Performance by an Actress for her performance.[17][18] Later in 2018, Patten played Jenny in Steven Levenson's play, Days of Rage at Second Stage Theatre. In the fall of 2019, Patten reprised her role of Jo in Jagged Little Pill on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre,[19] where she has received critical praise, especially for her performance of "You Oughta Know".[12] In 2020 for her portrayal of Jo she won both a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [20] and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Patten has been a guest star on various television programs. Some of her major credits include the recurring roles of Officer Rachel Witten on the show Blue Bloods and Polly Dean on Season 3 of The Good Fight. Other television credits include being in the guest cast for shows such as Arrested Development, Switched at Birth, and Succession.[21]

Patten has done two concerts with her band, whose members include Damien Bassman, Eric B. Davis, and Marc Schmied. Their first performance was at Rockwood Music Hall on August 5, 2019,[22] and her second was at The Bitter End on October 13, 2019.[23]

Stage credits

Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2007 The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank Rubicon Theatre[24]
2008 Bus Stop Elma Duckworth Rubicon Theatre[25]
2013 Our Town Emily Webb Rubicon Theatre[26]
2014 Deaf West's Spring Awakening Ilse Rosenthal Theater[27]
2015 Home Street Home Trashley Z Space[28]
2015–16 Fun Home Medium Alison/Joan Understudy Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway debut
2016 Medium Alison[11] Temporary replacement (February 2-May 22, 2016)
2016 The Wolves #25 The Duke on 42nd Street[29]
2017 The Goree All-Girl String Band Reable Childs New York Musical Festival[30]
2018 Days of Rage Jenny Second Stage Theater[31]
2018 Jagged Little Pill[32] Joanne "Jo" Taylor American Repertory Theatre[33]
2019–2021 Broadhurst Theatre[34]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Arrested Development High School Girl #2 Guest cast: "Señoritis"[35]
2013 Awkward Nerdy Girl Guest cast: "Who I Want to Be"
2015 Switched at Birth Serena Guest star: "Lock the Door Upon Myself"
2018–2021 Blue Bloods Officer Rachel Witten Recurring role; Seasons 8–12[36]
2018 Succession Angela Guest star: "Prague"
2019 The Good Fight Polly Dean Recurring role; Season 3
Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Big Sick Party Goer 2
2020 Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist Dawkins Online release[37]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Ovation Award Featured Actress in a Play Bus Stop Nominated
2013 Santa Barbara Independent Theatre Award Performance Our Town Won
2017 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble The Wolves Won
Obie Award Ensemble Won
2019 Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress Jagged Little Pill Nominated
IRNE Award Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Large Stage) Won
2020 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Honouree
2021 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won


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