First principal role in Hollywood and first theatrical role in NYC!

Luisa will be making her New York stage debut in the U.S. premiere of Dream Street, running Aug. 12-16 at The Pearl Theatre.

This update is a big one. There will be bullet points.

• In April Luisa shot her first principal role in a studio feature and, in doing so, reached her top professional goal for 2015. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, those are all the details currently available to report.
• In June Luisa was cast in her first role in a New York theatrical production. She’ll be playing the role of Jess — for which she’ll be required to use a British accent — in the U.S. premiere of Jo Noel-Hartley’s Dream Street. The production, directed by KOTA Productions’ Laura Luc, runs August 12-16 at The Pearl Theatre.
• Also in June, Luisa completed her first year of Meisner training at the William Esper Studio, where she is a student of Master Teacher Suzanne Esper. In both scenes and exercises crafted from their personal lives, students focused on their sense of truth, spontaneity, impulses, and working off of another’s behavior (in other words, their ability to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances”). During the invitation-only second year of study, students begin character work.
• In May Luisa recorded a voiceover for IBM. She recorded it with Cramer Productions, with whom she has worked before. To listen to Luisa’s voiceover reel, click here.
• Also in May Luisa was offered representation with several New York modeling agencies. She subsequently signed with True Model Management for exclusive representation in their fit division — a line of work that will support her acting career and teach her the technical and business sides of fashion (for a great overview of what fit modeling is, click here).
• In April Luisa filmed a principal role in Morning Star, a short film by NYC-based director Konstantin Lyubimov. This is the second film of his Luisa has had a principal role in, the first being Exit Through Entrance, which she filmed in November.
• Throughout the spring, Luisa has gone on numerous auditions for films, commercials, and theatre. She has done so in New York but also in Boston, where in April she read for a principal role in a studio feature, thanks to Boston Casting’s Angela Peri.
• As a result of her two roles, both principal, in SAG projects, Luisa is now classified by the union as a must-join. In other status change news, Luisa is sporting a very different haircut, which you may view by clicking here. All new images are courtesy of NYC photographer Ian Moore and NYC stylist Ivey Johnston at Salon Marc Harris.
• In marketing news, Luisa is now maintaining an Instagram account that chronicles her life as an actor. The account is certified post-selfie, and all are welcome to follow (@LuisaBadaracco).
• Finally, Luisa has been taking in numerous works of art in New York City and beyond, including Shakespeare in the Park (she saw The Tempest with Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson); Joan of Arc at the Stake (Marion Cotillard performed in the title role alongside the New York Philharmonic); An American in Paris (nominated for twelve Tony awards); and stand-up comedy by Leah Bonnema at The Creek and The Cave (highlighted in the New York Times). Tomorrow, she is to see the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble play the music of Billy Strayhorn. During the summer hiatus, Luisa and her classmates at the Esper Studio are meeting for weekly script readings of important drama; thus far the group has read Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Finally, Luisa was thrilled to see Fun Home — which she caught during its run at the Public — take home the prize for Best Musical at the Tonys this year. She is inspired by so many of this year’s nominees and winners, and is thoroughly grateful for the chance to see them perform live in the amazing city of New York.

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