Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Louise Hamill

Who are you? Louise Hamill

What do you do? Literary Manager for 11:11 Theatre Company, actress, costume designer

Where are you from originally? Ipswich, MA

How long have you been working in Boston? About four years now

Why do you stay? The song says it all, Boston you’re my home.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? I have vague memories of elementary school, but my first real theatre memory is doing Little Shop in middle school.  Gold lame dress.  One doesn’t forget something like that!

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? I remember coming into town over summer break in college to see shows at the Huntington.

What was your first job in theatre? Stage Manager

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Greek Salad!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Popcorn or gummy bears.  Horrible, I know.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I try to eat at least two hours before curtain.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? More roles for women.  Even gender blind casting would be fun.  But at the moment, there are way too many talented women out there looking for roles, and the parts just don’t exist.

What kind of theater excites you? Theatre that is unexpected in any way.  Dramatic.  Visually stimulating.  Honest.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Don’t give up.  Just don’t give up.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? LOVE IT!  I’m never more annoyed than when I read a program bio and see that the actor on stage is someone brought in from NYC.  We have plenty of wonderful, talented people here who deserve to be cast in all of the dozens of productions that happen in Boston EACH MONTH.

YOUR TURN! Write to us here!

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