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Lydia Mackay

Assistant Professor
Ed Landreth | 817-257-4086

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MFA, Acting, Southern Methodist University (2008)
BFA, Theatre, Texas Wesleyan University Summa Cum Laude (1999)

Courses Taught

Acting — Intro
Acting III — Period and Styles
Acting IV — Non-Realism
Acting for the Camera
Acting Shakespeare
Professional Seminar
Stage Combat
Survey of Theatre

Areas of Focus

Performance, Acting, Movement, Business Aspects of Theatre

Lydia Mackay is a proud Fort Worth native and has been a successful Theatre Artist for the last 20 years. She received her BFA with an emphasis in acting from Texas Wesleyan University, holds an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, and she has training in puppetry, mime and dance from the Le Subsistances International Creative Laboratory in Lyon, France. She’s been seen onstage at The Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage Productions, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Casa Manãna, Second Thought Theatre and Stage West to name a few. Lydia received ‘Best Actress’ nods from both the Dallas Observer and the DFW Critics Forum. As a Performance and Theatre Arts Teacher, she’s taught for many schools and arts organizations such as SMU, Junior Players, The FACE Project, The Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Stage West, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Arlington and now as an Assistant Professor of performance at Texas Christian University.

Lydia received Live Theatre Leagues’ award for Theatre Arts Educator of the Year Award, is a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Namah Shivaya/Yoga Alliance International School of Yoga, and a Society of American Fight Directors certified Actor-Combatant in Unarmed Hand-to-Hand Stage Combat. She was a Teaching Artist for the inaugural year of the Tony Award Winning Dallas Theater Center’s ‘Public Works Dallas’ initiative, in partnership with The Public Theater in NYC. She’s a regular performance artist and reader for the Dallas Museum of Art, and, for the last five years, she has served as the DMA’s casting coordinator, recently having employed all TCU students for the first annual Family Mystery Event. Lydia served as the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s Voice and Text Coach in its inaugural year, and she tread the boards there as an actress for three seasons. She’s also served as a Dialect Coach for Theatre Three, The Dallas Opera and The Santa Fe Opera, which includes two world premieres.

Lydia appeared in several independent films such as The Playroom which got its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and she has appeared on the TV shows Dallas and Longmire. Her work as a voice-over artist spans two decades, including commercial, industrial, narration, audio book and anime. Most recognized for her work in anime, she currently voices a character for a nationally syndicated television series on Cartoon Network. If you’re a fan of video games, she’s a playable character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Athena) and Battleborn (Ambra).

Lydia recently served on the Season Selection Committee for the current AT&T Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 ‘Elevator Series’ and also as a committee member for the DFW #NotInOurHouse movement, which is tasked with adopting and adapting the Chicago Theatre Standards in an effort to create harassment free work environments in the world of professional theatre. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and is represented by the Mary Collins Agency of Dallas. Lydia is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Drama Club, a non-profit theatre company based in Dallas, that is driven by fantastical stories and inspired design.

As a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, I perform under several contracts a year, and regularly work as a voice actor doing anime, video games, audio books, and radio narration. I’ve also participated in or produced several new play readings over the years, in an effort to cultivate new work in the DFW theatre community. 

Lydia Mackay IMDB

SAFD Certified in Unarmed Combat

Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (200 RYT)

Member of Actor’s Equity Association

Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director of The Drama Club (501(c)3 non-profit theatre)

Represented by The Mary Collins Talent Agency

I am one of five educators (currently teaching Acting & Movement Theatre) for the Public Works Dallas initiative at the Dallas Theater Center, in partnership with the Public Theatre in NYC and Seattle Repertory Theatre.