A Day in Manhattan, A Weekend on the Cape, and the Ides of March!

Luisa (l.) as Brutus and Max Sklar (r.) as Cassius in The Ides of March. Photo by Matthew Hayek

Luisa (l.) as Brutus and Max Sklar (r.) as Cassius in The Ides of March. Photo by Matthew Hayek

If an actor’s up before 7am, chances are it’s for free breakfast. Such was the case this morning when Luisa joined local legislators at MASSCreative‘s “Creating Our Common Wealth” in the Fenway Cultural District, home to such formidable institutions as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Huntington Theatre Company, Berklee College of Music, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Twenty-five years ago, public funding in Massachusetts’ creative sector totaled $27 million; ten years ago, it was $19 million; and today it’s $11.1 million.¬†Gov. Patrick’s proposed FY2015 budget drops it to $9.6 million.

MASSCreative is attempting to reverse this trend in order to sustain the $4.6 billion that non-profit arts and cultural organizations bring to the commonwealth, to say nothing of the benefit to education and community building the organization seeks to preserve. During yesterday’s meeting, local actor/comedian Rob Potylo — speaking the Bay State’s unofficial language of sports and politics — cited at various points the success of the Boston Red Sox farm system and the words of JFK to promote the mission of MASSCreative. In a 1963 speech at Amherst College, President John F. Kennedy said:

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

Also, the meeting had tons of free coffee and fantastic pumpkin bread.

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Yesterday, Luisa shot with one of Boston’s most prolific photographers, Bobby DiMarzo of Scene Magazine. Bobby has captured subjects as varied as new Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Rue La La’s best-known face Lauren Fitzgerald, and even Frank Sinatra — a fact that has made the Italian-American Luisa’s life. Look for new headshots and fashion images from yesterday’s shoot under Images¬†before long.

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This past weekend, Luisa portrayed Brutus in The Ides of March, an adaptation of Julius Caesar directed by Jonathan Carpenter and sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council. While Luisa performed in The Concord Players’ outdoor production of The Tempest last July (incidentally another production in which Luisa portrayed a male villain of Shakespeare), this was the closest thing Luisa has ever done to truly public theatre. Somerville’s Union Square was turned into the Roman Forum for the day, with residents wandering in and out of the heavily trafficked neighborhood and Luisa’s cast-mates competing for attention. The following day, The Boston Sunday Globe ran a photo of the event featuring audience members dressed for the occasion.

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This weekend, Luisa will be on location in Brewster, MA, shooting the short film After Adam, in which she plays a lead role. As written in her last post, Luisa is currently putting together her debut acting reel, and scenes from this film will be featured prominently. Luisa is looking forward immensely to working with an excellent cast, crew and script. Stay tuned for details of a Kickstarter campaign to learn how you can support the project.

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Last week, Luisa was in Manhattan for March Agent Night at Actor’s Green Room, where she read for 10 New York City-based agents and received feedback from each. AGR is a solid resource for actors in the Greater Boston Area (and, for that matter, anywhere) looking to get their feet wet in the totally different beast of acting in NYC. It’s hard to imagine a better time to participate in one of the studio’s classes or intensives, given that there are currently more pilots filming in New York City than there are in LA (and if NBC’s pilot Odyssey, filming now in Massachusetts, is any indication, this change is benefiting the Boston market).

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Also last week, Luisa shot with photographer Dustin Genereux for HC Studio. Luisa was styled by Megan Anderson (hair) and Claudia Moriel (make-up). As you can see in a snapshot from the day below, the shoot was Grecian-themed, and left Luisa looking, by Brutus’ standards, a bit avant-garde for her Julius Caesar rehearsal that immediately followed.

Luisa, shooting for HC Studio. Photo by Dustin Genereux

Luisa, shooting for HC Studio. Photo by Dustin Genereux

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