Lavinia Hart


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Lavinia Hart, Associate Professor of Theatre, joined the department after teaching acting and directing for 3 in Minnesota and following 19 years as the Artistic Director of the Attic Theatre in Detroit. Recent directing credits for the Hilberry Theatre include Lisa D’Amour’s DETROIT, co-direction of The Kentucky Cycle with Patricia Ansuini and The Cider House Rules with Dr. Blair Anderson. Favorite classics directed for the Hilberry include King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra and The Way of the World. Bonstelle Theatre credits include The Crucible, Ten November and Alice in Wonderland, co-directed with Jill Dion. Professional directing projects include Murder on the Nile at The Meadowbrook Theatre, An Act of God for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre and playing the title role in Kim Carney’s world premiere comedy, Maggie Rose, at the Performance Network. She considers her latest role as Violet Westin in the Hilberry Theatre’s production of AUGUST: Osage County a great honor in terms of acting with the Hilberry’s renown ensemble . Hart is a winner of the Michigan Foundation of the Arts “Artist of the Year” award; the Detroit News Magazine “Michiganian of the Year” and the Detroit Free Press “Lee Hills Award” in recognition of lifetime achievement. Lavinia Hart is bursting with pride at working with a great team of Wayne State University artists during the second half of her career in theatre. “It’s the best job in town!”