Lydia Mackay


Lydia Mackay is a proud Fort Worth native, and has been a successful Theatre Artist for the last 20+ years. She received her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting from Texas Wesleyan University (graduating Summa Cum Laude) and she holds an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University. She has training in puppetry, mime, and dance from the Le Subsistances International Creative Laboratory in Lyon, France, and also trained in mask work with the Laboratorio de la Máscara out of Mexico City, Mexico. 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.


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Accolades & Information

Lydia’s 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 has been awarded the Live Theatre Leagues’ Theatre Arts Educator of the Year Award, is a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Namah Shivaya/Yoga Alliance International School of Yoga, and is an SAFD certified Actor-Combatant in Unarmed, Rapier, Rapier & Dagger, Small Sword, Knife, and Theatrical Firearems. 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 & reader for the Dallas Museum of Art, and for the last 7 years has served as the DMA’s casting coordinator for the Murder Mystery & Family Mystery Series. She served as the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s Voice and Text Coach in its inaugural year, and tread the boards there as an actress for 3 seasons. She’s also served as a Dialect Coach for Theatre Three, The Dallas Opera, and The Santa Fe Opera, which includes 2 world premiere operas.  Lydia’s been in several independent films, such as The Playroom which got its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and 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’s currently voicing a character (Vanessa) for the nationally syndicated television series Black Clover on Cartoon Network. If you’re a fan of video games, she’s a playable character in several of them, namely Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Athena) and Battleborn (Ambra). She recently served on the Season Selection Committee for the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 ‘Elevator Series’ and also as a committee member for the DFW #NotInOurHouse movement, which was tasked with adopting and adapting the Chicago Theatre Standards for Dallas/Fort Worth, which seeks to create harassment free work environments in the world of professional theatre. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, The Society of American Fight Directors, 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, driven by fantastical stories and inspired design. You can find her on IMDB and on Theatre TCU’s Faculty homepage. #GoFrogs #TheatreTCU