Lorella Loftus has been a producer, actor, writer and director for the past 15 years, and is based in Austin, Texas. She has worked with a diversity of performance companies around Austin, but mostly for VORTEX Repertory Company and Renaissance Austin Theatre. She has produced/performed in/written and/or directed shows far too numerous to mention. Her favourites include her original play Elizabeth: Heart of a King (Elizabeth Regina), Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis (V), Shakespeare’s MacBeth (Lady MacBeth), Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Gertrude) Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen), Liz Lochhead’s Good Things (Susan), and Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale (Alisoun), which she adapted with Shekhar Govind. She has received a B. Iden Payne acting award, and several nominations. Lorella comes from Glasgow, Scotland and is a teacher by day.
Renaissance Mission Statement
Lorella Loftus' mission as an artist, writer, producer, and director is twofold. Her first and primary mission is to write and produce thought-provoking original works, with either feminist or socially critical themes, either contemporary or historical. Her second mission is to bring new Irish, Scottish and European plays to Austin for the first time. Both parts of her mission provide new perspectives and enlightenment for diverse audiences.
The VORTEX Mission Statement
We conjure and navigate the storm of imagination with urgent, unashamed art that dares to dream the world in which we want to live. This magic emanates from our cultural harbor, embraces diverse communities, breaks down barriers, and opens channels for vital exchange.