Louise

     Heller

About me

Louise is a classically trained actress and writer. Having worked in  Regional Equity Theaters as well as Off-Broadway  and Off-Off-Broadway productions, she has performed classical roles such as Shakespeare’s Gertrude (and Polonius), Wedekind’s Mrs. Gabor, Alcott’s Marmee, and  Wilder’s Mrs. Webb, as well as many roles from mothers to criminals to professionals  in contemporary dramas, comedies, and Indie films. She is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Her passion for naturalistic acting was strongly reaffirmed when she trained with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock at The Barrow Group, where she completed the 1.5 year professional conservatory program.  During the One-Month Intensive Program at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts she worked with Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, and Kevin Coleman on all aspects of Shakespearean acting and also, more broadly, on breathing and forging deep emotional connections to roles and texts. As a long-standing member of the Letter of Marque theater company in Manhattan, she is well versed in improvisation, ensemble work, and devising theater pieces.

 Right before Covid closed the theaters, Louise played her classical dream role, Gertrude, in an Equity production of Hamlet at Hudson Theatre Works; shortly before that, she also appeared in a new political ensemble play on healthcare, Unaffordably Unhealthy, by Anthony Piccione at The Tank in New York. Luckily, she had also just finished shooting the role of Karen in the film Black Juice by Kobinah deGraft Johnson (see clip in Media). Since Covid, she has gone back to filming and live theater. She played a lead role in the feature film “Dalila” by Lee Beebe, shot last summer and currently in post-production. She has also continued writing. The historical tv drama, The Staats (finalist, Circa Historical Screenwriting Competition 2022), co-written with Kirk German, tells the story of German immigrant Anna Ottendorfer in the 1840s and 50s, who became the editor of one of the biggest newspapers in New York, the New Yorker Staatszeitung. Together with her co-author Maria Müller, she is currently completing a play about two immigrant women during Covid entitled “Helga and Valentina.” She is also developing a tv comedy with Emma Jones and Carrie Keating, titled after and based on Emma’s play Peaches or Mangoes, in which Louise played the role of Rosalind.

Born in Germany, Louise came to this country in her early twenties to study theater; she initially became a researcher and writer only to return to acting again later in life. While she has played predominantly American roles, as a bilingual actor, she has also performed in multi-lingual productions, such as a five-language ensemble devised production based on O’Neill’s Marco Millions for Brooklyn’s Target Margin Theater, and played German roles, such as her role of Mariah Hildenbrand in the award-winning short-film film Victor!! by James Zeiss. Regardless of language, time period, place, or genre, she approaches all roles and texts with unlimited passion, research, curiosity, subtlety, and hard work, and she is always looking to expand her work in all directions.