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 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. While the pandemic shuttered some projects, she is so grateful for the opportunities she has had to expand her skills and creativity by directing projects over Zoom: The Amphibians with Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, TX and She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms with the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. In the past, Libby has assistant directed and directed productions for the Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC, and Theatre South Carolina in Columbia, SC. The touring production of Macbeth for the Warehouse Libby's favorite directing challenge so far - she 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 for student and adult audiences.
Libby's first love is acting and she is thrilled to be playing the female roles in of an upcoming production of Oh The Humanity! and Other Good Intentions by Will Eno. Because theatre has moved online, she has had the joy of reconnecting with past colleagues to produce this timely play. Oh The Humanity! and Other Good Intentions is directed and performed by theatre artists across the US and will "tour" to different universities across Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Massachusetts will host the performance for a weekend in January and February of 2021. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to shape stories for audiences in Texas and the southeast US.
Libby is an artist-educator. Her educational focus is acting and movement for the actor. She believes that by practicing movement techniques from Tadashi Suzuki, Viewpoints, clowning, and ballet 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, movement, 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. Libby currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the Mississippi University for Women.
When in rehearsal or 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. Bread seems to be a hurdle she can't get past.