You have no control over so many things—you only have control over doing what you think needs to be done, and if you manage to bring that into the room, you’ve succeeded, whether you get the job or not. —Anne Gee Byrd
Anne Gee has performed leading roles in everything from Shakespeare to Shaw across the country, and is no stranger to contemporary works, too. Anne Gee was in fact, MY “Mother Courage” in a production of the Brecht play in 2005. We’ve worked a number of times onstage since then, and she’s always honest, funny, and a delight.
She has received LA Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress for All My Sons at the Matrix Theatre and Four Places at the Rogue Machine, and Best Supporting Actress for I Never Sang For My Father with The New American Theatre Company. She was named Best Leading Actress by the LA Weekly for her performance as Mother Courage with the Antaeus Company.
Anne Gee has worked in many of the major repertory theatres across the country including South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe in San Diego, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, The American Shakespeare Festival in Connecticut, the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, and the McCarter in Princeton. She has also worked often in LA at CTG/Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, The Colony Theatre, and The Antaeus Company.
She has also had a long television and film career, including The Mentalist, Medium, Southland and Monk, as well as the films 8MM and Wild.
Please enjoy my chat with Anne Gee Byrd!
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Anne Gee Byrd around the web
- How the Mother Courage project came to be at Antaeus
- Where the tough attitude started for her
- Her blue-collar roots in suburban Ohio
- Her feelings on #MeToo and harassment awareness
- Discovering theatre through her sorority sister at the University of Toledo
- Why she’s gotten politically active in more recent years
- How she got involved with regional theatre after college
- Why she quit acting and how she came back
- The reason she moved to LA from NY
- How she handles auditions, and what changed them for her
- The tribute she made through her work on Death of a Salesman
- What is exciting to her these days, and what’s concerning
- Her big failure as Ophelia in Hamlet
- Anne Gee yelling at Nathan during Mother Courage
Selected People and Items Mentioned
- McCarter Theatre
- Mother Courage at Antaeus
- John Apicella, actor
- Harry Groener, actor
- Andy Robinson, actor and director
- University Toledo
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Hillbilly Elegy, book
- Antioch Shakespeare Festival
- Arthur Lithgow (John’s father)
- Erie Playhouse
- David Byrd, Anne Gee’s husband
- Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival
- Milton Katselas, teacher
- Connecticut Shakespeare Festival
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Photo credit: Craig Schwartz / Center Theatre Group (Endgame by Samuel Beckett)