Lori Myers recently earned a Jeff Award for Principle Actress in a Play for her performance as Maggie Morrison in Griffin Theatre’s Men Should Weep. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune called her performance in Men Should Weep, "one of the performances of the year in Chicago theatre" and Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “a magnificent, force of nature performance that is not to be missed”. Myers is currently appearing as Sibyl in Raven Theatre’s The Old Friends by Horton Foote, and was last seen as Katie in Lauren Yee's world premiere of Samsara, directed by Seth Bockley at Victory Gardens Theater. Myers also appeared at Victory Gardens as Theresa in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation directed by Dexter Bullard. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said, “As Myers, whose performance here really is the life force and sensual energy of this production, clearly understands Baker.” Favorite roles include Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children for Vitalist Theatre (After Dark Award, Best Female Performance), Paula in Mrs. Klein at the George Wood Theatre in London, Ali in Amanda Peet's The Commons of Pensacola at Northlight Theatre, and Julia Gibbs in David Cromer's critically acclaimed, Obie Award-winning production of Our Town in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Of her performance in Our Town, Hilton Als of The New Yorker said, "No one is more brilliant at conveying the layers of a character than Lori Myers. We believe everything that Myers does, because she believes in the play, because she believes in the inner life of her character."
Lori has worked continuously on film and commercial projects throughout her career. She has worked on numerous independent film and feature film projects over the years, for which she possesses a great passion. Lori serves as one of the spokespersons for Humana Insurance, and has done commercials for Stanley Steemer, Little Caesar's, Comcast, Direct One, Wisconsin Heart Hospital, Empire, Solo Cups, and many others. She has an M.A. in Performance Studies summa cum laude from the University of London, Goldsmith's College and a B.A. in Acting from Illinois State University. Mrs. Myers has worked with Steppenwolf where she understudied August: Osage County, Upright Citizen's Brigade, Bailiwick Rep, Theatre Wit, Shattered Globe, Redmoon Theater, Next Theatre, and countless other vibrant storefronts in Chicago, Providence, New York, and London.
All this sounds very serious, but at the end of the day Lori owns plastic crayfish and moonlights as a cheerleader in a geeky marching band and is mostly seen rocking out at eardrum-splitting concerts. She won Best Original Comedy when she was 14 years old and was hooked on making people laugh ever since. Lori and her husband own a farm in Michigan where she is seen most days on a red tractor from the 1950's (pesky groundhogs, beware!) and having a flat beer on tap with 80 year old farmers at the Wolverine Wintergarden, the dump down the street.