Louis Hobson

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Louis Hobson
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Alma materPacific Lutheran University[1]
Occupationactor, artistic director[2]
EmployerIndie Theatricals[3]

Louis Hobson is a musical theater actor and was the artistic director of Balagan Theatre in Seattle, Washington.[2] His Broadway credits include Next to Normal and Bonnie & Clyde.[4]

Education and personal life[edit]

Hobson grew up in Puyallup, Washington, and attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he majored in theater after switching from music education. He is married and has children. [1][5]


Early career[edit]

Hobson spent the first part of his career in Seattle's theater scene, acting at the Village Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre and others.[5] He played leading roles in productions of West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Evita, and Hair. In 2002, he portrayed Dan in a Seattle reading of Next to Normal.[1]


In the fall of 2008, Hobson moved to New York City "to work with great actors and great directors"[1] and was cast as the two doctors in the Broadway production of Next to Normal, roles he played for the duration of the show's 22-month run.[2] After Next to Normal closed in 2011, Hobson appeared in supporting roles in three short-lived[2] Broadway musicals: The People in the Picture (2011), Bonnie & Clyde (2011), and Leap of Faith (2012).[4] He then worked briefly on producing musicals and readings in New York City.[5]

Balagan Theater[edit]

In 2013, Hobson returned to Seattle to become artistic director of Balagan Theatre. He starred as Jean Valjean in Balagan's 2013 production of Les Misérables[2] and directed Tony Award winner and former Next to Normal co-star Alice Ripley in an October 2013 production of Carrie.[5] Hobson left Balagan Theatre to co-found a for-profit theatrical producing group with former Balagan executive director Jake Groshong. Balagan subsequently closed due to revenue issues.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d Henderson, Kathy (10 September 2009). "Louis Hobson Gives Psychiatry a Good Name in Normal". Broadway.com. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Healy, Patrick (23 October 2013). "A Seattle Theater's Broadway Credentials". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Berson, Misha. "Balagan Theatre amassed unpaid bills of $340K". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Louis Hobson Theatre Credits". BroadwayWorld. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d Wilson, Gemma (25 September 2013). "Q&A with Louis Hobson: Leap of Faith". CityArts (October 2013). Encore Media Group. Retrieved 22 October 2014.

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