We started Paper Lantern Theatre Company so we could have a place to create, collaborate and take risks with fellow artists; then challenge our audiences to do the same. Eight years later, I'm proud to say I'm still doing it. What does that entail? I act. I direct. I read plays; a lot of them. I pick plays; a few of them. I get to call up talented artists and say, "Hi. Want to come play?" And pay them to do it. (never what they are worth, but someday....) And then I get to worry about how to pay the rent. I organize direct mailings at my kitchen table. I take publicity photos, in strange places; like the silk flower section of the Hobby Lobby or in an alley by a garbage can. I fill out long grant applications in my living room. I've driven shotgun in a U-Haul more times then I care to remember (With Beth Ritson at the wheel) and unloaded them enough to know, I never want to do it again. But most importantly, I get to tell stories. Important stories that challenge us all to grow. I'm a proud member of AEA and SAG. I am an adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I also received my MFA in Acting. I am Artist in Residence at Summit School.
Amy da Luz, Founding Artistic Director