WOMEN IN HISTORY - ACTRESS PROFILE - MOLLY CORNWELL
Molly Cornwell joined WIH in 2022 and is delighted to be part of this organization. She has always loved reading about famous as well as “ordinary” women, though she really doesn’t believe that any woman is truly ordinary. Having grown up in a family of nine girls and five boys, Molly thanks her mother and sisters for being such excellent role models, instilling in her a pride and can-do appreciation for women.
Molly’s theatre work is extensive as an actor and a director. As an Actor, she has performed at The Cleveland Play House, The Milwaukee Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Dobama Theatre, The Hanna Theatre, Beck Center For The Arts, Eldred Theatre, and Cleveland State. As a Director, her work has been seen at Willoughby Fine Arts, Lake Erie College, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Kids’ Playwriting Festival, and over 50 performances at Hathaway Brown School where she was Theatre Director from 1994-2018. Her work includes the musicals Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, The Pajama Game, The Sound of Music, Working, Grease, Seussical, Once On This Island, and Hairspray. Some of her favorite plays to direct have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth (with an all-female cast), Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Heidi Chronicles, Metamorphoses, A Burial at Thebes, Radium Girls, Hay Fever, The Dining Room, After Juliet, Stage Door, and Pride and Prejudice. In fact, in 2016, Molly penned the book for a musical version of Pride and Prejudice which she staged at Hathaway Brown.
Molly received her M.F.A. from Case Western Reserve University after having completed her Bachelor’s degree in English from Bellarmine University. She has directed shows for Kulture Kids, an educational theatre company based in Cleveland and serves on their Board of Directors.
She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, doing voice-over and on-camera work, and is a Master Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Prior to her life in the theatre, Molly worked in advertising as an account executive, film sales rep, and radio-tv director and producer.
Currently Molly and her husband Mike, known as Mike & Molly, sing and perform at local restaurants, wineries, and retirement communities. She happily babysits her adorable granddaughters and loves that both her daughters and son-in-law live in the Cleveland area. Life is good!
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