A former Manhattan elementary school teacher, Ridloff secured her ﬁrst stage role without even knowing she was up for the part. Lauren Ridloff does nothing halfway. One of the actress’s earliest screen appearances was in Love Me Now, John Legend’s poignant music video that has amassed over 15 million views. She appeared shortly after in the Palme d’Or-nominated ﬁlm Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. It’s only ﬁtting, then, that Ridloff’s ﬁrst professional stage gig should be a leading role on Broadway. The Brooklyn-based former Miss Deaf America recently made her theater debut in Mark This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Films Issue 35 At Work With: Shahira Fahmy How did one of Egypt’s leading architects end up walking the red carpet at Cannes? Arts & Culture Issue 23 Elisa Humble, hard-working and taking on Hollywood: Rising actor Elisa Lasowski talks to Pip Usher. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert.