Lowell Bartholomee became an Artistic Company Member of the dirigo group in Spring 2002 before being appointed a Co-Producing Artistic Director in Winter 2003. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied filmmaking, he has performed with several companies in the Austin area. His performances include: Sergeant and Porter in Macbeth (Vortex Repertory Company), Actor G in Travels With My Aunt (Different Stages), Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew (State Theatre Company), Ace in Fruits and Vegetables (Different Stages), Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Austin Shakespeare Company), Jerome in Bingo (Public Domain), Moon in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Refraction Arts), Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Austin Shakespeare Festival), Man in TempOdyssey (Salvage Vanguard Theatre), Camillo & Antigonus in Robert Faires' adaptation of A Winter's Tale (Austin Shakespeare Festival), August in Ron Berry's Orange (Refraction Arts), X in Steve Moore's Nightswim (State Theater Company), Liebling in Refraction Arts Project's Up In the Old Hotel, and Blacksmith's Apprentice in Rude Mechs' Second Stage production of Kirk Lynn's Pale Idiot, under the direction of Michael Mergen. He has also served as the emcee for Refraction Arts’ somewhat annual Celebrity Crush and the B. Iden Payne Awards ceremony. He first worked with the dirigo group in 2001 as a logger, a coroner, and a generally thuggish bastard in The Gypsy Chain. His other work for dirigo includes Saul in True West and Young Man in the "Iphegenia in Orem" portion of bash, for which he was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award for Best Actor in a Drama. Other nominations from the Austin Critics Table include Best Actor in a Drama (Fruits and Vegetables) and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (A Midsummer Night's Dream). He was given the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in 2001 for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Most recently he was awarded the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his work in TempOdyssey.
In addition to his acting work, Mr. Bartholomee has produced work for the Austin stage as a writer and director. His short plays ("33", A Hill of Beans/One Small Step, Like Mother Used to Make (directed by Co-Producing Artistic Director Ellie McBride), Postal, and Standing Room Only) have been performed at Frontera Fest over the past five years, garnering Best of the Week and/or Best of the Fest honors. He has also written short works for Salvage Vanguard's Best Holiday Show Ever, The Rude Mechanicals’ 300 Plays About Vladimir Putin (directed by Artistic Company Member Robert S. Fisher), and Austin Script Works' Liquid Princesses. A compilation of his short plays (blah, blah, blah) was co-produced by Refraction Arts and Bayou Radio Productions, his personal production company, in Summer 2002 to moderate critical and popular success. In 2004, it was selected to be part of the New York International Fringe Festival, the largest theater festival of its kind in the U.S. (Additionally, a play from that collection, Bob's Birthday was selected as a finalist for the Humana Festival's Heideman Award in 2003.) He marked his debut as a director of other people's material in Spring 2003 with Lee Eddy's The Ladee Leroy Show. For the dirigo group, he directed The Middle of the Night, Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat, Carlos Murillo's A Human Interest Story, and In On It and A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor.
He has also created video designs for several shows in Austin. In 2004 he was honored with an Austin Critics Table Award nomination for his video design work for Robi Polgar’s The Road to Wigan Pier, Austin Script Works’ Of Superheroes and Seductions, and the dirigo group’s The Mercy Seat. Mr. Bartholomee spends his spare time looking for spare time.
What's He Doing Next?January 2012 Directing Don't Go in the House! for Frontera Long Fringe