Hamilton Fringe

A 12-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

ALERT Spotlight: Stephanie Hope Lawlor

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017

ALERT is professional development program for emerging artistic leaders who want to help redefine the theatre culture in Hamilton. Participants work with theatre artists and mentors to develop their artistic and producing skills and help produce the Frost Bites Festival in February 2018.

Stephanie Hope Lawlor takes on the job of Social Media for the Frost Bites Festival.


Stephanie is a professional actor and teaching artist. She has appeared on stage at Theatre Aquarius, Stage West, the Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto Fringe and NextStage Festivals, Drayton Entertainment, and is a graduate of McMaster University and Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She is a founding member of the actors training collective The Actor’s Forge and Artistic Director of Hamilton-based independent theatre company Rook’s Theatre.

What excites you about the ALERT program? What drew you to it?

Producing theatre has always intimidated me, and ALERT provides the information and tools to make is less daunting. The workshops have been invaluable, while having a hand in producing Frost Bites allows us to put the skills into action. Working alongside 6 other artists with very different points of view and goals is exciting, and getting to collaborate is a treat.

What are you looking forward to at FrostBites?

I can’t wait to see how the artists in the Festival use the space to tell a story. Site-specific theatre lets the imagination run wild and I’m looking forward to see what 7 different companies will come up with.

Why do you love Hamilton?

Hamilton has industrious roots, and that influences the way the city is growing and changing. I’m loving the vitality that’s pumping through parts of the city that I never expected. 

What are your favourite spots in Hamilton?

For coffee, Salty Espresso and RedChurch; the McMaster campus always feels like home; I love antiquing down on Ottawa Street; and (of course) Art Crawling down James North.

For more information about the ALERT Program and its participants, click here.