Actor | Singer | Dancer | Teaching Artist
Lydia Gaston (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is a veteran of five Broadway shows: 1996 B’way revival of The King and I, Miss Saigon, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Shogun and The Red Shoes. Other projects in New York have also included The Public Theater (2008 Shakespeare Lab, Dogeaters), lead roles for Ma-yi Theater Company, National Asian American Theatre Company and Pan Asian Repertory. Some favorite roles have been “The Mother” in Lorca’s Blood Wedding (MFA in Directing Lab at Columbia University) and President Corazon Aquino in The Encounter (DiverseCity Theatre Company). She has performed at The Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Musicals, Virginia Opera, and Paper Mill Playhouse. TV credits include a featured role in HBO’s The Sopranos, as well as many commercials. Lydia is also a New York City teaching artist, as was an adjunct professor at SUNY-Old Westbury, New York. She holds an Masters of Arts in Applied Theatre (The School of Professional Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2013) and also holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Empire State College (SUNY). She is a founding member and co-director of education through theatre at Leviathan Lab, New York (an Asian American-led creative studio for theater and film). Lydia trained and was a professional concert dancer with Ballet Philippines.