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Alum Lindsay Brill ('05) creates her own path back to a career in acting

2005 Performing Arts Department Alum Lindsay Brill appears in the hit show, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" as well as "The Deuce", "Happy!" and "Gotham".

Finding her path

Upon graduating from Wash U in 2005, Lindsay Brill ('05) headed to New York to pursue acting professionally. She soon discovered that being a professional actor was a lot tougher than she had imagined, and after a few too many temp jobs and performing in downtown blackboxes for no pay, she decided to leave acting behind and pursue a career in education. Brill received her Masters in English and Special Education and taught for a few years. Though she loved and still love teaching, she simply had to go back to acting.  Brill then decided to pursue yet another degree and apply to MFA programs. Three years ago, she received her MFA in Acting from The Old Globe/University of San Diego. There, she was fortunate to perform in a number of shows at The Old Globe theatre and played almost every maid written by Shakespeare. Since returning to New York, it's been challenging to break into the business in her 30's for essentially, the first time, but things have been going well.


Taking her career into her own hands

First, she co-wrote and performed in Urgent Care, with fellow WashU alum Janet Silverman ('04).  The play is a two woman show that had a six month run at The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre. The show was also performed in LA, DC and Philadelphia. More recently, she has been working in film and TV, most notably, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Deuce, Happy! and Gotham. Although her first love is theatre, she has discovered a passion for on camera work and is hoping to continue on this path. "I must confess," says Brill, "that after all these years, I credit the teachers and community of the PAD for forming the foundation of my craft by imparting their unparalleled knowledge and passion and by providing an atmosphere that allowed me to be vulnerable and take risks."