Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Louis has spent the past eighteen 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 49 states and across Europe; taught over 300 masterclasses; wrote, adapted and appeared in a new production of Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde;” and authored numerous successfully funded grants.
Other credits include 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; La Scala Opera’s West Side Story in Milan, Beirut, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo; many others. TV: The Knick (Cinemax), The Unusuals, and All My Children (ABC), Law & Order, and L&O: Criminal Intent (NBC). Louis is co-founder and Executive Director of Psittacus Productions, for whom he has produced “A Tale Told By An Idiot” (LA Weekly Theater Award) which performs again in May, 2015 for Lincoln Center Education, and “CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera” (NYMF Award for Excellence, 3 LA Weekly Award Noms, Pulitzer Prize Juror Nom) which has played Pasadena Playhouse, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, and a sold-out and extended run at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Previously, he has collaborated with director Robert Richmond to make the short film, “Dreadful Sorry,” financed by a generous grant from the South Carolina Film Commission, “Twelfth Night” and “Henry VIII” at the Folger Theater in the nation’s capital, for both of which he was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer, winning the Award for “Henry VIII.” He is honored every day he is able to go to work in the service of a great story.
Katharine Pitt is the Humanities Program Assistant at the Folger. She graduated from Yale in 2012 with a degree in History and Theater Studies. She is in her third season with the Folger having been at various times a public programs intern, house manager, dramaturgy intern, assistant to the director, production assistant, and programs assistant.