Louis Reyes McWilliams is an actor, director, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in New Jersey, Louis grew up in California and Massachusetts before attending Stanford University, where he attained a BA with Honors in Theater & Performance Studies and Political Science. He is a recent graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program in Acting & Directing.
Louis' credits include work with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Breadloaf Acting Ensemble, The Gamm Theatre, On the Verge Festival, The Public Theater, Pyramid Theatre Company, Rites and Reason Theatre, Stanford Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as extensive work at the Brown/Trinity Rep Conservatory and Stanford University.
Louis will next be seen on stage as both Edgar and Edmund in King Lear with Actors’ Shakespeare Project directed by Doug Lockwood. The show runs from Oct. 2nd to the 27th at Chelsea Theatre Works, and tickets are available here.
Louis was the Richard Kavanaugh Fellow at Trinity Rep this past season and recently sat down to talk with Carol Drewes about his time at Brown/Trinity. Read the interview here.
Louis joined the ensemble of the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of Coriolanus directed by Daniel Sullivan. Performances run July 16 — August 11, and more information about the show is available here.
Louis played Mr. Bingley and Mary Bennett in Actors Shakespeare Project’s Pride & Prejudice adapted by Kate Hamill and directed by Christopher V. Edwards. The show runs June 5-29, and you can find ticket information here.
Louis played Greg in Naomi Wallace’s The War Boys at Columbia MFA. The production will be directed by 2nd year MFA candidate Logan Reed and will run May 10-12 in Columbia’s Schapiro Theater.
After a successful showcase, Louis signed with The Roster Agency in New York. He will be represented by Michael W. Rodriguez and William Haltiwanger.
Louis played the Muse in An Iliad at Trinity Rep. His original music was featured in this one-man show starring Brian McEleney. An Iliad ran through Feb. 10, and will receive a one-night-only revival at the Breadloaf School of English this summer.
Louis was on stage in A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep playing the role of Scrooge’s Nephew Fred. A Christmas Carol runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 30.
Louis won the Cloris Leachman Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role for Andy in Prowess at Pyramid Theatre Company. The Cloris Awards ceremony was held on August 26th at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. For a full list of the nominees and winners, go to http://clorisawards.org/.
Louis' play Brotherhood has been selected as a Bill Foeller Fellowship Project at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA. The story of three men on their journey through gay conversion-therapy, Brotherhood will be directed by Williamstown's 2018 Bill Foeller Fellow Ken-Matt Martin and will run for two performances on July 29th.
Louis was a member of the 2018 Breadloaf Acting Ensemble at the Breadloaf School of English in Ripton, VT. He played Monsieur Defarge in their summer production of A Tale of Two Cities directed by Brian McEleney.
Louis played Andy in Prowess written by Ike Holter and directed by Ken-Matt Martin in a co-production between Brown/Trinity Rep and Pyramid Theatre Company.
Louis was assistant director to Whitney White on Othello at Trinity Rep.
Louis was Assistant director to Curt Columbus on his translation of Uncle Vanya at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI.
Louis played Lyndon B. Johnson in Rites and Reason Theatre's reading of A Seat at the Table, written and directed by Regina Taylor.