Pilar Walsh, a SAG-AFTRA actress, singer, dancer, writer, filmmaker, producer and mother of four, has worked for many years in TV, film, and stage. Some highlights in the past few years were playing Liza Minnelli on MAD-TV, performing opposite Ken Page in Man of La Mancha with Broadway Austin, working on the Indie film Dog Barks opposite Michael Costello and dancing and singing in Bernstein’s MASS, Cabaret, Pippin and The Musical of Musicals in Hawaii. She worked with Alec Baldwin and Annette Bening on Running With Scissors and Kathy Najimi on Hope Floats and a half-dozen independent films along the way. She performed her own Cabaret Show in Seattle and Los Angeles, “Mostly Sondheim and a Little Lloyd- Weber” and still dances having worked 3 times on the Howie Mandel TV show Mobbed and most recently as an actor on a short film Sober in Los Angeles. She self-published a book of poetry Essentials: workds, rhymes and a story or two, and has her poems published in two poetry anthologies, Circle Dance and The God’s Eye.
In 2008, she moved to the other side of the camera with a documentary film The Eternal Rhythm – a Global Revelation of Drum, Dance and Song still in progress, and to promote her screenplay, she wrote, produced and co-directed a “showcase reel” of How I Survived the Sixties a hopefully, soon to be feature film. She is a recipient of the Actors Fund Teaching Artist Institute Certification. She lived in New York in 2012, performing at Symphony Space/Bar Thalia her own Cabaret set and at the Women’s Worldwide Initiative Anniversary Event as a guest artist. She moved to Wilmington, NC, and since coming to a place the locals affectionately call Wilmywood, she made a short film, I Was a Teenage Cough Syrup Junkie, was cast in the play ‘Night Mother for the Cape Fear Playhouse, published her book How I Survived the Sixties and completed writing a screenplay, Trolley to Lumina, which she hopes to also produce. She is currently residing in Los Angeles. In 2014, she will be hosting the California Regional Congress Friday Night Film Fest and is working closely with Michael Menduno on the Susila Dharma Production for the World Congress in Puebla along with finishing up her BA for Performing Arts with St. Marys College in Moraga’s LEAP (liberal education for arts professionals) program created exclusively for ex- and current professional dancers. She also attempts to spend as much time with her grown children (when they are in town) and grandchildren with whom she is very proud.
Pilar Walsh is a long time Subud member, a resident of Los Angeles and after working on stage, films and TV shows for most of her life, in 2008, she decided to go to college for the first time and discovered, when having to put together a documentary as a senior project, she fell in love with filmmaking. She is hoping to complete in the next year the doc, The Eternal Rhythm- a Global revelation of Drum, Dance and Song and is working to bring to life 3 screenplays, “How I Survived the Sixties” already a book and 9:13 sizzle reel, “Trolley to Lumina” a feature film with lots of great dancing and music from the 20’s, and “Hannah” a short story written by Pilar adapted to a screenplay. Recently, she has made trailers for these screenplays/films and a short film “I Was A Teenage Cough Syrup Junkie” working with college kids in North Carolina last year.
(Updated February 2014)