Amy da Luz, Founding Artistic Director
Amy da Luz, Founding Artistic Director

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
Amy da Luz, Founding Artistic Director

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.

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