Libby Hawkins was born in San Diego, CA but moved home to central Texas with her family as a kid. She received her BA in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and spent three years performing and teaching in the D/FW metroplex before moving to Santa Maria, CA to attend the Pacific Conservatory Theatre's professional actor training program, where she graduated in May 2016. Libby completed her training by graduating last spring with her MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Acting from the University of South Carolina!
Directing has been an amazing addition to Libby's professional life. This fall, she directed her first touring production for the Warehouse Theatre. Macbeth was a fun challenge - Libby could only cast 6 actors to perform all the roles and had the freedom to cut the script however she wanted. The result was a fantastic production that toured South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. She is now in rehearsals for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley for Trustus Theatre in Columbia. Directing Shakespeare and Austen back to back has been a joy for her and she is so grateful to have the opportunity to shape these stories for South Carolina audiences.
Libby is an artist-educator. Her focus educational focus is acting and movement for the actor. She believes that by practicing movement techniques from Tadashi Suzuki, Viewpoints, clowning, and more that actors of diverse practicalities can work with greater relaxation and freedom in rehearsal and performance. Libby received her teaching certification from the Texas State Board of Education in 2013. In addition to teaching theatre for grades 2-8 and directing/producing student productions, she has also taught workshops in stage combat, stage make-up, dance, and acting and voice techniques with as a teaching artist for the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC and the Young Performers Project at PCPA, as well as other student programs.
When not onstage or in the classroom, Libby enjoys hiking, losing herself in a book (currently The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley), or cooking up something somewhat healthy but definitely spicy in the kitchen. She dreams of one day being able to bake as well as the contestants on her favorite show: The Great British Bake Off.