By: Marcellis Lewis
Kristin Lutzeier graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) in 2007.
The CCPA graduate has since gone on to appear in several productions, including “Legally Blonde,” “See How They Run” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She’s also worked with the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and the Fremont Street Theater Company.
Now, Lutzeier is set to star in “A Streetcar Named Desire” as Eunice Hubbell, the compassionate owner of the apartment building where the the play’s protagonist resides.
“The CCPA really helped me feel comfortable in my own skin,” Lutzeier said. “The CCPA taught me how to approach a character, song, show in such a way that I feel I’m giving both an honest and entertaining performance when I get on stage.”
The actress, whose previous roles include: The Narrator, Fricka, Erda, Needa, The Backup Singer, Katsy, a Rivermaiden and a Valkyrie in “Das Barbecu,” and Miss Skillon in “See How They Run,” cites her favorite role as being Paulette in “Legally Blonde.”
She said that her professors at CCPA, Luis Perez, Ted Hoerl, Jane Alderman, Belinda Bremner and Joel Fink, played an important role in her success.
In order to prepare for her newest role, Lutzeier said she closely examined “A Streetcar Named Desire’s” setting and character dynamics to try to find Eunice’s role in that world.
“I looked at my relationships with the other characters and how events in the play affect those relationships,” she said. “How I feel about those changes and the other characters informs my performance.”
Lutzeier, who holds a BFA in Musical Theater from CCPA, said she still carries around fond memories of her time at Roosevelt University.
“Holding gen. ed. study sessions at my apartment for a bunch of musical theater majors who, no offense to us, could be easily distracted is a favorite memory of mine,” she said.
She added that performing as Rosa Bud in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” while at the university was a great experience for her.
“I got to work with awesome directors and the majority of my musical theater class at the end of my senior year to put on a really good show,” she said.
Even though Lutzeier has experienced recent success and is living out her dream, she remains humble and credits her parents for her accomplishments.
Lutzeier advises to current CCPA students, “If theater is what you love, don’t give up on it. Not to be a downer, but the ‘real world’ can be a frustrating place at times. Theater is a career full of joy and disappointment. Love what you do, and keep auditioning. The good stuff could be right around the corner.”
“A Streetcar Named Desire” runs Sept. 13-28 at JPAC theatre.