Off-Broadway Debut, Commercial Bookings, and Second Year of Meisner Training!

Luisa at the opening of Dream Street with castmates (l. to r.) Bob Cohen, Madison Zamor, and Nicole Wildy (Credit Genevieve Rafter Keddy/

Luisa at the opening of Dream Street with castmates (l. to r.) Bob Cohen, Madison Zamor, and Nicole Wildy (Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy/

Again, long update. Again, bullet points.

As summer wound down, Luisa geared up for her off-Broadway debut in the U.S. premiere of Dream Street, which ran Aug. 12-16 at the Pearl Theatre. This was Luisa’s stage debut in New York City and the first theatrical production in the city she’s auditioned for. Prior to moving to New York last fall, she appeared in several Boston-area theatrical productions, including Twelfth Night (Luisa played Olivia), Frost/Nixon (Luisa played Carolyn), and an adaptation of Julius Caesar (Luisa, naturally, played Brutus). During the run of Dream Street, Luisa was fortunate to have the support of 38 friends and family members in the audience, for which and for whom she is immensely grateful.

Trailers are out for the first studio feature in which Luisa has a speaking role. Details will be kept to a minimum until the film’s release date this Christmas, though Luisa can share that she appears in the trailer — a very big and exciting first!

Last week Luisa booked a lead role in a national, comedic TV spot filming next month in Boston. Yesterday she auditioned for a major soft drink company’s national ad campaign filming next month in New York (for which she has received a callback), and today she’s auditioning for a leading car-sharing service’s commercial filming next month in Boston.  To date, Luisa’s record for most auditions in a day is 5, which she set in New York this August. She recalls the old adage that an actor’s job is not to act, but rather to audition.

Meisner Training
This summer Luisa was asked back for the invitation-only second year of Meisner training at the William Esper Studio in New York. Now five weeks into the year, Luisa and her classmates have started their work on character development, which has seen Luisa work with dialects (Irish, North Central American English, and Southern American), physical impediment (blindness, dizziness, and back pain), drugs (drunkenness and acid trips), and temperature. Starting this week, Luisa will put into practice what she’s learned thus far as she rehearses an excerpt from Jason Miller’s Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer.

Own Material
Following the lead of many fearless fellow actors in her life, Luisa has begun writing her own material for the stage. She is currently in the research phase and is looking forward to creating voices for women and people of color.

Agency Hunt
Looking ahead to life post-training, Luisa has compiled a list of agencies she’ll be targeting for representation. This has involved researching every last TV show filming in New York — an already long and yet gloriously ever-expanding list — and determining which agents and managers work with actresses of Luisa’s type. Luisa will reach out to agencies and managers this winter.

Art Around Town
Finally, Luisa continues to be surrounded by powerful, stirring and uplifting art. In the last several months, Luisa has been fortunate to see…

-Broadway: Hamilton, Old Times, Hand to God
-Off-Broadway: The Humans
-Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena
-NY Philharmonic: On the Waterfront
-The Comedy Cellar: Various
-Sheen Center: An Evening with Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan, a screening and discussion of the Dorothy Day documentary Don’t Call Me A Saint
-Morningside Opera/Harlem Opera Theater/Harlem Chamber Players: Voodoo
-Kabuki: Kumagai Jin’ya (Luisa traveled to Japan in July/August and had the great pleasure of seeing a show at the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo

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