Natalia Lazarus



Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory

Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary


Promenade Playhouse

Actress/Director, Natalia Lazarus – author of the lyrical and poignant My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses – is a multitalented Producer/Director of numerous classic and contemporary stage productions.

Ms. Lazarus’ autobiographical My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses, which debuted on Amazon’s Top 25 list, is a lyrical and poignant story, artfully told in prose, with illustrations of original Picasso artwork.

Natalia is currently busy holding classes at her Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory, where she teaches Domestic and International students. When in production, she also serves as Artistic Director of its iconic Promenade Playhouse, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

A daughter of a German-Jewish diplomat and a Honduran psychologist, she learned early on how to transpose etiquette and human behavior into the creation of characters. Her international flair and multilingual skills (fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English) come from being educated around the world. Sorbonne University in Paris, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts East, New York University, The University of London, The British Film Institute and the Ned Herrmann Brain Dominance Center.

Natalia is well known and respected in Hollywood as the passionate CEO & Co-Founder of the distinguished Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory and Artistic Director of its iconic Promenade Playhouse, which are celebrating their 25th anniversary year. Ms. Lazarus’ Conservatory was recently honored by Mayor Sue Himmelrich and the Santa Monica City Council for its distinguished service to the community.

Natalia has devoted much of her life to participating in the seven lively arts. She has acted, directed, and produced more than 35 stage productions, starred in playwright Jeffery Hatcher’s dramatic, two character play A Picasso in Paris, penned the One Woman Show Birthday Girl – which premiered at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival. She became the Voice of Estee Lauder and appeared in over 20 TV commercials.

Today, Natalia lives in Southern California with her fiancé, actor/writer Tom Waters, where she dreamed she would walk the Malibu beaches since she was 14 years old.

thorns & roses open book cover

Actress/Director Natalia Lazarus, in her critically acclaimed, starring performance in the dramatic, two-character play A Picasso, fell madly in love with a dashing banker in the early days of the play’s run in Paris. Her book, My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses, tells – in verse – the intimate story of her passionate, erotic romance that became an unforgettable moment in time.

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TITLE: My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses
Central Park South Publishing (Feb 14, 2022)
JACKET DESIGN: Deborah Ryder, Monterey Bay Design
HARDCOVER: 204 pages
ISBN-10: 1736313495
ISBN-13: 978-1736313497
PRICE: $28.95 

The book’s heart wrenching romance, in verse, with original Picasso artwork reveals moments of love found and lost, from extraordinary joy to extreme sorrow, to new beginnings.

It was while starring in Jeffrey Hatcher’s dramatic, two-character, play A Picasso, in the Rive Gauche of Paris that Natalia fell in love. The tumultuous and scandalous love affair took her around the world and from the heartbreak she created the lyrical collection of poetry which found its way into her Thorns & Roses story.

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