Title: Cultural Historian
Location: New York, New York, United States
Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Cultural Historian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theatre history.
Growing up, the stage always interested Ms. Hirschfeld. Combined with her love of history and her original intention of becoming a political science teacher, when all things are added up it seems the natural progression of her career was to become a cultural historian. Early in her career, she worked in advertising and did television commercials and from there she was invited to acting classes. She enjoyed this experience but found much greater purpose in chronicling the history of theatre rather than performing. Now retired, Ms. Hirschfeld reflects on a career well spent immersed in the history of theatre and her hand in helping it reach en masse. In her career, she served as a research consultant for “CBS: On the Air,” and was the theatrical curator for such installments as “The DeMille Dynasty”, the California Museum of Science and Industry, the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, “Theatre of Max Reinhardt” and the New York Cultural Center.
On top of her time spent piecing together installments and historical moments in theatre, Ms. Hirsfeld also served as the President of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation from 2004 to 2015. She has also been involved as a theatre producer assistant for Leo Kerz Productions and with the Broadway production for “RHINOCEROS.” In addition, she has worked with the New York City Board of Education, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center City University of New York, the New York Public Library Performing Arts, and various other organizations and exhibitions. She was largely inspired by Agnes De Mille, the great choreographer, dancer and writer.
Ms. Hirschfeld’s parents were immigrants and she was the first person in her family to attend college. She reflects on her career, noting that her work has helped the New York State Educational system has used Al Hirschfeld’s work to explain and demonstrate the arts to young people with puppets. She maintains connected with her artistic community through the Theatre Library Association, Theatre Women, the New Orleans Historical Society, the New York City Landmarks Conservancy, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and the Dutch Treat Club.
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