Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Louis has spent the past twenty years working as an actor, teacher, director, and writer.
From 1998-2008, he was Artist-In-Residence and Company Clown for the Aquila Theatre Company. During that time, he played in over 25 productions of the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights, appearing Off-Broadway, at major regional houses, on tour in the US to 50 states and across Europe; taught over 300 masterclasses at universities and colleges across America; wrote, adapted and appeared in a new production of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; and authored numerous successfully funded grants. It was during this time that he learned his craft, earned his stripes, traveled extensively, and met many of his closest friends and collaborators.
Since then, selected acting credits include:
NYC: Off-Broadway sensation Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), and work at Ars Nova, NYMF, Lincoln Center Education, Clark Studio Theater, Marjorie Deane Theater, New Victory Theater, 59E59, Segal Center, Classic Stage Company, 45Bleecker, John Jay, Baruch PAC, Skirball Center, Carnegie Hall, etc.
Regional: Folger Theatre; La Jolla Playhouse; American Repertory Theater; South Coast Rep; LA Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Yale Rep; Long Wharf; Orlando Shakes; Pasadena Playhouse; Two River Theater, NJ; Alpine Theater Project, MT; White Heron Theater and Seaside Shakespeare, MA; Scena Theater, DC, etc.
International: La Scala Opera’s West Side Story in Milan, Italy; Beirut, Lebanon; Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan; Aquila’s Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night in Neuss, Germany; Gyula, Hungary; Gdansk, Poland; Syros, Greece; Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland, etc.
TV: Benders (IFC), The Knick (Cinemax), The Unusuals, and All My Children (ABC), Law & Order, and L&O: Criminal Intent (NBC), etc. IMDB
Louis is co-founder and Executive Director of Psittacus Productions, a 501c3 nonprofit incorporated in Los Angeles in 2011. For the company, he has worked as a producer, director, writer and actor on such projects as: A Tale Told By An Idiot (LA Weekly Theater Award) and CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera (NYMF Award for Excellence, 3 LA Weekly Award Noms, Pulitzer Prize Juror Nom) which have played venues such as: Pasadena Playhouse, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Lincoln Center Education, Lincoln Center Theatre, Octagon: Alabama Shakes, Son Of Semele Ensemble Los Angeles, Vineyard Theater, and a sold-out and extended run for New York Musical Theatre Festival at 57th Street Theater. Up next is Juliet & Her Romeo, a new musical take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
He is the proud recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work on Henry VIII at Folger Theatre, the NYMF Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work on CYCLOPS at 57th Street Theater, and the President’s Medal of Honor from University of South Carolina. He is honored every day he goes to work in service of a good story.
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