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LAUREN W. DEUTSCH established a professional interest in the cultures and arts of the Pacific Rim while serving as publicity coordinator for the 1990 Los Angeles Festival under the direction of Peter Sellars. She has since consulted to media and arts organizations on presenting and developing funding resources for Asian traditional and contemporary performances.

This was in addition to a successful communications / public relations career as a senior staff member of  nonprofit organizations including United Jewish Appeal (international), Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York, Global Green USA, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and others. Lauren worked for such media outlets as WET Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, KCRW National Public Radio (Santa Monica CA), American Public Media's Marketplace and others.

More recently, her consulting clients have included Great Leap, Museum of Ventura County, The Jazz Bakery, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Ali Akbar College of Music, Free Speech Radio News, Wiser Giving, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Environmental Charter Schools, and others in the field of foundation relations and institutional resource development. 

She began her regional work through research and study of Japanese tea “ceremony” beginning in 1985 as a student of Sosei Matsumoto Sensei, distinguished tea master of the Urasenke School of Chado, and she received her professional teaching license as “Sochi”. She has presented many demonstrations and gatherings on chanoyu, including at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan to the USA, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USC and UCLA, Huntington Gardens, among others. She served as director of development of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles.

Her studies of indigenous Korean culture have been mentored through associations with Korea’s national shaman the late Kim Keumhwa and Dr. Zo Zayong (Emile Museum). She was a consultant to the “Peace at the DMZ Festival” in 2002 and the “Asian Traditional Arts Festival (Seoul) in 2004. She serves as a contributor to the Korean Art Society Newsletter and is a licensed editor for the Korean National Literary Translation Institute. She has lectured at several universities to students of choreography, theatre as well as regional studies.

Lauren is a board member, contributing editor and marketing consultant to the award-winning nonprofit quarterly Kyoto Journal. Her features and reviews have also appeared in Korea Journal, Korean Culture, Korean Art Society Journal, Points East / Sino-Judaic Institute, and online, such as the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. Many of her articles are also available via  A complete bibliography may be requested.

Lauren currently serves as an Active Docent for School Students at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Vice President of the Community Advisory Board of Public Media Group of Southern California (KCET / PBS SoCal) in Los Angeles. She is training to be a volunteer deckhand for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.

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