Lydia Mackay received her BFA with an emphasis in acting from Texas Wesleyan University and has an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University. She’s been a successful Theatre Artist for the last 20 years, and she’s been seen onstage at The Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage Productions, The Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Theatre Too, Casa Manãna, Second Thought
Theatre, Our Endeavors Theatre Collective, Echo Theatre, Wingspan Theatre Co., Risk Theatre Initiative, Ground Zero Theatre Co., Bucket Productions, Beardsley-Living Theatre, Stage West,Hip Pocket Theatre, Fort Worth Theatre, Core Performance Manufactory, Oklahoma City Rep,the Rattlestick Theatre (NYC) and the MoonWater Theatre Company of Fort Worth, where she was a company member for 3 years.
Some of her favorite roles include Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire), Arkadina (The Seagull), Woman (The Blue Room), Joanne Galloway (A Few Good Men, starring opposite Lou Diamond Phillips), Rosalind (As You Like It), Sophia Kremlinska (Dainty Shapes and Hairy Apes, for which she received the Leon Rabin Best Actress Award), Antigone (The Antigone Project), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), and Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice). She’s received ‘Best Actress’ nods from both the Dallas Observer and the DFW Critics Forum.
As a Performance Teacher, she’s led classes such as Acting, Auditioning, Stage Combat, Survey of Theatre, Professional Seminar, Movement, Murals, Masks, and Art, for a variety of schools and arts organizations such as SMU, Junior Players, Pfamily Arts, The FACE Project, The Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Theatre Arlington, and now, at TCU. In 2013, Lydia was awarded the Live Theatre League’s Theatre Arts Educator of the Year Award, something she is extremely proud of. In pursuit of continuing her own education, in 2014, she became a Certified YogaTeacher thought the Namah Shivaya/Yoga Alliance International School of Yoga.
Lydia’s voice-over credits include Boa Hancock (One Piece), Madame Red (Black Butler), Lady Caterina Sforza (Trinity Blood), Trisha Elric/Sloth (Full Metal Alchemist), and Sephiria Arks (Black Cat) all for Funimation Entertainment & the Cartoon Network. Other cartoons she has voiced are Dragonaut, Phantom, Heroic Age, Darker that Black, Stigma, Aquarion, Hell Girl,School Rumble, Dragon Ball Z and Kodocha. She was seen on KERA as Alma Winemiller in the documentary Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theatre. She’s also done several commercials and industrials, served as a corporate spokesperson, given voice to numerous radio spots, is a regular performance artist/reader for the Dallas Museum of Art, and continues to coach young actors entering graduate school. She served as the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s Voice and Text Coach in its inaugural year, and has since been on its stages as an actress for 3 seasons. She’s served as a Dialect Coach for Theatre Three, The Dallas Opera, and The Santa Fe Opera. She’s been in films such as The Playroom, which got its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, Language of a Broken Heart, Odds or Evens, Summer Wars, and Birthday Games. She has also appeared on the TV shows Dallas and Longmire. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and is represented by the Mary Collins Agency of Dallas. Lydia is the co-founder/producer of The Drama Club, a non-profit theatre company based in Dallas, driven by fantastical stories and inspired design.