For Lydia Kalmen, performing is the family business. Her Dad is a musician and her Aunt owns a dance studio. Lydia grew up dancing competitively with her Aunt's studio in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance. While taking a youth musical theater workshop at Binghamton University, the acting bug bit. Since moving to NYC, Lydia has appeared in several Off and Off-Off Broadway shows as well as indie films and TV shows. Though the industry took a hit during the pandemic, Lydia's passion and drive for her art never waned. She filmed horror indie The Dark Offerings during lockdown, took classes, and worked on the business side of showbiz. As the world started opening back up, Lydia filmed three short films, two pilots, and signed with a talent agent. She returned to the Off Broadway stage in the 2022 Downtown Urban Arts Festival in Socky Tells All at Theatre Row Stages.
This year has brought Lydia a season of excited new beginnings. A refresh of the LYDIA KALMEN brand is in the works, with new headshots coming soon once her hair grows out for a new, longer hairdo. She has been enjoying getting back to some in person Equity auditions, taking more classes, and is lined up for another performance in this year's Downtown Urban Arts Festival. And....she's getting married!!! Lydia and the love of her life are excitedly working on the wedding plans.
Articles, Reviews, and Interviews with Lydia Kalmen:
Review from a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House:
Stage 32 blog The Importance of Being Directable as an Actor by Sam Borowski:
Craft Business Life Podcast Interview: