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Ludovica Villar-Hauser

Ludovica Villar-HauserDirector / Dramaturg
New York, New York USA

I grew up in England. My primary school Head Mistress insisted I have Speech and Drama lessons, when she heard me speaking English with a Spanish-German accent! It was during these lessons that I grew to love “words”; “drama”, “storytelling” and the relationship between an audience and the stage.

Art, music and books were a big part of my early life, but in an attempt to “fit in” I chose to turn my back on them all as “uncool”. And with a foreign name, even bigger and odder than I was, in a country where being English was so important, I desperately wanted to fit in. I hadn’t the wisdom to know that my immigrant parents had created an environment — with their art, music and books — best suited to fostering the imagination of an intense, very serious little girl. Nor did I realize at the time that much of the drama I would one day put on stage would be heavily informed by the drama I grew up with. When I produced and directed O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night in London’s West End at the age of 23, the first thing my mother asked was why had I put our family’s emotional life on stage!

My life has taken many detours. I have owned and operated a business and a downtown theatre; produced, directed and dramaturged; been VP of Programming and Chair of the International Committee for the League of Professional Theatre Women and founded Works by Women. I very much look forward to focusing on my great love — directing complex and challenging theatre — and on seeing more and more women take their rightful place in our industry — creating theatre and being recognized and compensated financially for their contributions. Check out Works by Women and help spread the word! (no charge to join and producers’ support of the initiative is reflected in our ticket prices!)

Currently working on a Broadway-bound production of Otho Eskin’s DUET about two glorious women of the theatre: Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse (a three-hander). Interested Producers —

Ludovica Villar-Hauser. West End: Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night; Gregory Murphy’s The Countess, NY and West End; Bold Girls by Rona Munro, Duet by Otho Eskin; Leaves of Glass by Philip Ridley; A Short Wake by Derek Murphy; As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Mari Lyn Henry

Mari Lyn Henry, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenEducator, Talent Manager, Career Coach
New York, New York USA

I feel most like myself when I teach a group of young actors audition skills.

Everyone knows me, because I’m an open book.

I look for inspiration from great works of art at the Metropolitan Museum.

The RSC’s NICHOLAS NICKLEBY changed my life because of Trevor Nunn’s imagination and the core work of the ensemble.

My favorite line is from the movie CASABLANCA: “Round up the usual suspects.”

My favorite cocktail is the Pasha Martini from the Pasha Restaurant (70 W. 71st Street) with sour cherry and lime juice. They also make great Turkish food.

My best escape is a biography.

I still dream of going to Paris to pay my respect to Sarah Bernhardt’s grave.

Mari Lyn Henry is the co-author with Lynne Rogers of five editions of HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR. More info:

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