Most Valuable Players

A Guide to Austin Stage Actors

Lowell Bartholomee (r) and Cassie Fitzgerald in <i>Fruits and Vegetables</i>
Lowell Bartholomee (r) and Cassie Fitzgerald in Fruits and Vegetables

Lowell Bartholomee

On the scene since: 1993

MVP for: Austin Shakespeare Festival

Recent Roles: Gravedigger, Hamlet, ASF, 2001; various, Gypsy Chain, dirigo group, 2001; Dorn, The Seagull, Guy Roberts, 2001; Jerome, Bingo, Public Domain, 2000; Flute, A Midsummer Night's Dream, ASF, 2000; Ace, Fruits and Vegetables, Different Stages, 2000.

Honors: Payne award & Critics Table nomination, Midsummer Night's Dream; Critics Table nomination, Fruits and Vegetables.

Large of stature, with the uncanny ability to play characters of all sizes, both emotionally and physically. Quietly brilliant, or was, until his hula-skirted Thisbe did the l-o-u-d dance of l-o-v-e in Austin Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream: raucous fun. A character actor who digs deep into his myriad parts to find extraordinary detail. Smart, funny, exceptionally humble, Bartholomee does star turns, then drifts back out of the limelight. Given his downstage center time, however, he's one of the unsung heroes of the Austin acting corps with energy and range.

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