Who Am I?
Leader | Creator
Performing Artist to Producer
Midwest to East Coast
Big Ideas to Personal Connections
I am interested most of all in the relationship between authenticity and connection.
How can we be more real with one another? How can we create the kind of trust in a theatrical environment that let’s us open up and really connect? How can we cultivate a safe space for the difficult but imperative conversations? I believe in the power of words and the necessity of questions. When I am working with an idea I ask myself, “Do we need this, now?” “Does it feel true?” “Does it have vision?” I create work that is stripped to the essentials. In many ways this goes hand in hand with my goal to work towards sustainability and waste reduction that both includes and goes beyond the material aspect. I generate work that requires an audience response, in the literal sense, weaving call and response, direct address, and other interactive elements into the fabric of these theatrical experiences. I champion new works, social justice oriented works, and re-imagined classics. I am process oriented and people focused, creating inclusive and collaborative environments that lift artists up. I see connections everywhere: between seemingly distant people, problems, ideas, images, and art forms. It is my absolute delight to illuminate these connections, and to challenge, inspire, and above all connect with our communities through the magic (yes, it is a little magic!) of the arts.
A Cincinnati native, Bertaux’s career has taken her from the Midwest to the East Coast and back again. Along the way she met her husband and adopted a Boxer dog (both of whom keep her laughing).
Audrey Bertaux is the Producing Artistic Director and a founding member of Walterhoope. Bertaux has produced three seasons of programming for Walterhoope including multiple theatrical events incorporating community meals, a short film, and narrative podcast. A professional actor and proud member of Actor’s Equity, Bertaux has over a decade of experience playing stages from the Midwest to the East Coast and back again including The Shakespeare Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Theatre J, The Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to name a few. As a Voice Over Artist, Bertaux has recorded numerous roles with Graphic Audio and Marvel Entertainment and plays the leading role in the podcast, Wellspring. Bertaux received her MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University where she studied under the legendary Michael Kahn. Bertaux is also the Associate Director of Professional Development at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where it is her pleasure to advocate for the artists of our future.
"A master class in acting."
"[Well] has a warm, funny anchor in Bertaux’s
now-poised, now-rattled Lisa."
"Bertaux is superb."
"Bertaux is a firecracker. While many of her co-stars lose their handle of the language amidst some of the more robust staging, she never falters. Bertaux injects the role with great humor and passion, and is very magnetic to watch."
"Audrey Bertaux delivers a compelling Ophelia...Her innocent trust and gentle patience leads to a heart-wrenching disintegration into delirium."
"Simply magnetic to watch."
"Possessed by a reckless abandon; Bertaux delivers her final scene in the clutches of true delirium;
a stunning moment to behold."
Audrey Bertaux's CV
Walterhoope | Producing Artistic Director and Founding Member | Cincinnati, OH | Seasons 1-4 | 2017 – Present
- Founded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to telling stories with vision while breaking down and examining the relationship between artists and audiences.
- Produced theatrical and multimedia projects that push the boundaries of how audiences can engage with the performing arts that include two full length original works, The Macbeth’s and Half Gallon Fruit Jars, the bilingual adaptation of the beloved classic The Little Prince, the local premiere of Lungs, the short films Too Like The Lighting (Nominated by Cindependent for ‘Best Ohio Short’) and 13th & Republic, and the narrative podcast, Wellspring. All live performances to date have been zero waste to landfill events and all have blended multiple art forms (Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, Film).
- Developed successful partnerships including Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, Wave Pool, Xavier University, Green Umbrella, In the Field Cincinnati, La Soupe, First Lutheran Church, The Peaslee Center, UC’s RAAP, and The Art Academy of Cincinnati.
- Collaboratively ran three successful crowdfunding campaigns and multiple successful individual fundraising campaigns as well as receiving grants from Arts Wave, Ohio Arts Council, Xavier University, and Christ Church Cathedral.
Art Academy of Cincinnati | Associate Director of Professional Development | Cincinnati, OH | 2019 – Present
- Created and built the Office of Professional Development
- Established professional development programs for students including: the Connect with Creatives Series, Life After Art School Panel Discussion, and Life Skills Series
- Developed relationships with business and nonprofit partners to promote and expand internship and job opportunities for students including Education at Work, Fidelity Investments, Art Design Consultants, Algin Furniture, Brown Bear Bakery, David Millet Interior Design, Urban Blooms, Green Umbrella, Ron Hamilton Photo, Cincinnati Zoo, Wordplay, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Basketshop Gallery, Curiosity 360
- Developed Alumni and Peer to Peer Mentorship programs to provide opportunities for students to form meaningful professional connections with one another and alumni.
- Initiated the tracking of Alumni success, creating and administering the Alumni Survey and Graduating Senior Surveys and generated reports from the collected data to be used to inform the college’s strategic plan
- Cultivated relationships with Alumni and fostered engagement through participation in events and the Alumni Mentorship Program
- As Internship Program Director, revamped program structure and requirements
- Expanded and rebranded +Business program to the Arts Business Certificate (ABCert) and increased seniors graduating with ABCert to nearly 25%
- Developed, implemented, and taught curriculum for required course, “Going Big: Professionalism Workshop”
- Worked with the consortium the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design to bring the first Virtual Career Fair to the AAC. Served on the corporate subcommittee for this event.
- Program Coordinator for Study Abroad
- Launched AAC ArtBeat: a monthly newsletter connecting students to resources and opportunities furthering creative professional development
Kentucky Institute for International Studies | Board Member | 2019 – Present
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Panelist | Pride & Prejudice Sunday Salon: Queer Theatre | March 2020
Body Alive | Lead Trainer and Teacher | Cincinnati, OH | 2018 – 2019
Xavier University | Undergraduate Workshop Leader | Boulder, CO | Sustainability, the Arts, and the Economy | May 2016
Community College of Baltimore County | Undergraduate Guest Lecturer | Baltimore, MD | May 2017
Young Playwright’s Theatre | Lead Teaching Artist | Washington, DC | 2014 – 2017
Round House Theatre | Lead Teaching Artist | Silver Spring, MD | 2014 – 2017
Everyman Theatre | Lead Teaching Artist | Baltimore, MD | 2016 – 2017
Lincoln Center Edu./Psittacus | Hecate | A Tale Told By An Idiot | Robert Richmond
Shakespeare Theatre Company | The Harpy | The Tempest | Ethan McSweeny
National Symphony Orchestra | Juliet | Romeo & Juliet: Shakespeare at the Symphony | Alan Paul
Olney Theatre Center | Sorel | Hay Fever | Eleanor Holdridge
Studio Theatre | Niamh (U/S) | Moment | Ethan McSweeny
Folger Theatre | Portia (U/S) | Julius Caesar | Robert Richmond
Walterhoope | Woman | Lungs | David Mavricos
1st Stage| Lisa | Well | Michael Bloom
Adventure Theatre | Lucy/Witch | The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe | Tom Story
The Welders | Halo | The Girl in the Red Corner | Amber McGinnis Jackson
Mosaic Theatre Company | Ensemble | Promised Land | Michael Bloom
Theatre J | Alanna | G-D’s Honest Truth | Jenny McConnell Frederick
Walterhoope | Lady | The Macbeths | David Mavricos
Annapolis Shakespeare Company | Ophelia | Hamlet | Sally Boyett
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company | Helena | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Ian Gallanar
Filament Theatre | Eurydice | Orpheus | Omen Sade
Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre | Sylvia | Two Gentlemen of Verona | Michael Shelton
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Ms. Grey | Sense and Sensibility | Drew Fracher
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Aggie | The Grapes of Wrath | Brian Isaac Phillips
Taffety Punk | Woman | Phaeton | Marcus Kyd
NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT (selected)
Fords Theatre | The Nurse | The Death of Bessie Smith (Staged reading) | Jennifer Nelson
Arena Stage | Lily | The Toys in the Attic (Staged reading) | Lillian Hellman Festival | Lise Bruneau
Shakespeare Theatre Company | Dockdaisy | The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Staged reading) | ReDiscovey Series | Craig Baldwin
Graphic Audio/Marvel Entertainment (Selected Credits, 2016 – Present)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 | Annya
Stormlight Archive Book 2 (Parts 4 and 5) | Iyatil, Lyn
Esther Diamond Books 1-5 | Multiple Roles
Chaos Queen Book 1 | Jane
Wreaths of Glory | Iris
Galactic Football League Books 3 & 4 | Captain Kate Cheevers
Galactic Football League (The Reporter) | Captain Kate Cheevers
The Lightbringer Saga Books 4 (Parts 1 and 2) & 5 | Katalina, Sibeal
Caitlin Strong Book 7 | Sara Ann Hoder
The Corrigan Brothers Book 1 | Rebecca Tuttle
Wellspring | Ve
Rocket Media (2017)
Revictimization | Female Soldier
Too Like the Lightning | Tinder Lady (Principal)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University
Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting | 2014
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre | Cum Laude | 2010
Justus Liebig Universitaet Giessen
Semester Abroad | Germany | 2008
Workshops: Michael Kahn, Ethan McSweeny, Rob Clare, Rod Menzies, Brendon Fox, Kristin Linklater, Roger Rees
CERTIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Member of Actors Equity | 2016 – Present
200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher | Yoga District | 2017 – Present
Certified Personal Trainer | National Academy of Sports Medicine | 2018 – Present
Certified Actor Combatant | Society of American Fight Directors | 2013 – Present
WGUC | Featured in “Cincinnati Spotlight Intermission” radio interview | August 19, 2020
Women of Cincy | Featured in “8 Female Filmmakers: Audrey Bertaux on Too Like The Lighting” article by Courtney Reynolds | August 10, 2018
Cincinnati Magazine | Featured in “Six Smaller Arts Organizations Worth Watching” | September 08, 2020
Cindependent Film Festival | Walterhoope’s short film, Too Like The Lightning: Official Festival Selection, Nominated for ‘Best Ohio Short’ | Cincinnati, OH | 2018
Helen Hayes Nomination | The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: ‘Best TYA Show’ | Washington, DC | 2016
DC Metro Theatre Arts | Bertaux’s performance as Lucy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: ‘Best Professional Theatre Performance’ | Washington, DC | 2016
DC Metro Theatre Arts | Bertaux’s performance as Halo in Girl in the Red Corner: ‘Best Professional Theatre Performance’ | Washington, DC | 2016