Hello, this is Laura Giannarelli. I am a native Washingtonian, a summa cum laude graduate of Catholic University of America’s Drama Department, and a longtime actor in the nation’s capital.
Fresh out of college in 1979, I began narrating books for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. I narrated numerous popular series novels, including the Mrs. Murphy cat mysteries written by Rita Mae Brown with her cat Sneaky Pie, the Callahan Brothers romance series by JoAnn Ross, and Janette Oake’s Love Comes Softly series. I also narrated several children’s series such as Kay Thompson’s Eloise books and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events novels. Of the books I’ve narrated, I’m particularly fond of A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book and Michael Holroyd’s A Strange Eventful History. To date, I have narrated more than 900 titles, including how-to books, biographies, serious nonfiction, classics, romances, bestsellers, poetry, and children’s books.
My favorite authors include Laura Ingalls Wilder, Joyce Carol Oates, A.S. Byatt, and Adriana Trigiani. I have recorded for both NLS studios and Potomac Talking Book Service. I am proud to have narrated the Little House on the Prairie series and also the scholarly Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, the well-researched book about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life and books, edited by Pamela Hill Smith.
The American Foundation for the Blind awarded me an Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award in 1990 for my narration of children’s literature. In addition to my narration work, I occasionally travel for NLS, conducting narration workshops for volunteer studios around the country. I truly enjoy meeting patrons and volunteers alike at these events.
My work away from the recording studio centers around acting. I toured with the Kennedy Center in a play for young people about Russian Jewish immigrants, Dreams in the Golden Country, and I have played Sister Aloysius in Doubt for Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre, Mrs. Pearce in the Stage Guild’s Pygmalion, Amalia in Motti Lerner’s Pangs of the Messiah at Theatre J, and Elizabeth in the critically acclaimed Angel Street at Olney Theatre in Maryland. Currently the President of the Washington Stage Guild’s board, I am a founding company member, where I have appeared in more than 30 plays since 1986.
I am most happily married to Clay Teunis, my partner in life. We live in suburban Maryland with our black Lab, Markie.