NAME: LISA LOUTTIT // ROLE: DIRECTOR // SHOW: [PORTO]
What shows are you looking forward to this season?
Being so new here, I always look forward to catching as much as I can!
What was your first experience with theatre?
Annie. In Annie.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
Oh, so many so many, but here are the first three that pop into my head: Ralph Lemon’s Geography in 1997, Ivo Van Hove’s Hedda Gabler in 2004, and Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic last year.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
I would give that teen permission to be a mess, to explore outside the lines, and to remain blissfully imperfect. I’ve always held onto that Beckett quote: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
What excites you about Perth? What are some must-see places you would recommend?
Having just settled here a couple of years ago, I’m still excited about all of Perth. Between programming at Black Swan, PICA, The Blue Room Theatre, Yirra Yaakin, and with PIAF and the Fringe, and the independent festivals throughout the year, along with Subiaco Arts and FAC, I still feel like an utter newcomer to all the incredible creative goings-on. I’m just beginning to understand the landscape. There is a vital energy that is nurturing such a dynamic scene, and I’m grateful to begin to be a part of it and its nurturing. As for must-see places, as someone from an urban background… the beauty of the outdoors here… every morning I hike with my pup, Storm, so we explore the glory of both the hills and the beaches. And, I often say to my partner: “This sky is the best thing going.”
What would you name a book about your life?
One of my dear friends has always said that the CD of my life’s soundtrack would be titled “Taking it to the Meta…” and that there would be a picture of my hand leisurely holding a Mai Tai on the front. So, I’m guessing the same would go for the book.
What ‘s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
Finding moments of clarity, moments of beauty, moments of truth, moments of loss, moments of joy, or moments of meaning… during moments of connection.
Find out more about [PORTO] from Lisa Louttit here.
Image by Matsu.