LEADING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Laura Austin, "Next to Normal" - Redhouse Arts Center

LEADING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Laura Austin, "Broadway Bound" - Redhouse Arts Center

SALT AWARD for Actress of the Year 2013
Laura Austin, "Wit", Redhouse Arts Center


Austin’s piquant and trenchant stage persona is a perfect fit as Diane. She makes a bravura run of The Little Dog Laughed. The production is a gossamer lightning flash that illuminates character and moves action.
— James McKillop Syracuse New Times
Austin provides the core energy of The Little Dog Laughed as the unapologetic and worldly amoral compass for the other, younger characters. The chemistry of the cast is outstanding and this production shines.
— Kevin Fitzpatrick Syracuse Post Standard
“Wit” is a tour de force for Austin. We watch Vivian’s physical disintegration, as the actress carefully limns her slide from the steely patient into the childlike figure. Austin’s nuanced performance is truly incandescent.
— Len Fonte| Syracuse Post Standard
Austin, thankfully, underplays her character’s predicament with great resolve and strength. The central scene of Act II in Broadway Bound in which she confides in Eugene in a very private moment, might be the most effective this reviewer has ever seen. They are that good.
— Tony Curulla | Syracuse Post Standard
In the role of Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, Laura Austin is dynamic. In her delivery of the play’s most famous monologue, from which it takes its name, Austin is the embodiment of Guare’s comedy-drama cocktail. By the curtain, Austin manages to humanize Ouisa.
— Dan Poorman | Syracuse Post Standard
Austin inhabits the role of Diana in Next to Normal. With hair like spiky nerve endings and eyes that move from a deer-in-the-headlights stare to a burning and probing intensity, she is, like many real-life sufferers of mental illness, both appealing and off-putting.
— Len Fonte | Syracuse Post Standard