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Lusia Strus


Lusia Strus
Lusia Strus

Lusia Strus was born and raised in Chicago where, as a child, she attended Ukrainian school every Saturday. After earning recognition at the state level for her performing arts abilities in high school, she went to Illinois State University. But only after the ISU theater department offered her money did she convert to a theater major. She graduated in 4-1/2 years.

Her primary work has been with the Neo-Futurists, whom she joined in 1993 as an ensemble member. She wrote and performed short plays for solo and ensemble performances in the company's signature style of first-person, first-voice. She has also performed for Steppenwolf Theater, The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Curious Theater Branch, Northlight Repertory, and other esteemed companies. Strus has also done commercial voiceover work for Yoplait, and announcements for WBEZ-FM (Chicago Public Radio) for the Chicago Jazz Fest and traffic series.

The following audio pieces are recorded from "Too Busy to Be Famous", a one-woman show written and performed by Strus at Danny's Skybox Theater, at Second City, Chicago; performed 13 January 2001:

Whose Time Is It, Anyway?
the introductory piece for the show
on cultivating nihilism through tobacco
on motherhood
Close Your Eyes and Make a Wish
on marriage and death

Readers may pursue online the further interests and accomplishments of Ms. Strus through the Neo-Futurists website.