About

BFA NYU Tisch / Atlantic Acting School

Hannah is a New York based playwright, actor, and singer/songwriter - born in New England roots to a family with Appalachian roots. A hopeful realist.

PLAYWRIGHT

Plays include: NATIVE (MTC Calicchio Prize Finalist 2017, O’Neill Semifinalist 2016), NIGHTJAR (O’Neill Semifinalist, 2018), SEEING HORSES, SHE GOES BEFORE ME, and MARBLEHEAD. Work most recently seen at Primary Stages ESPA and Ensemble Studio Theatre. 

I’m a realist who lives by faith, believing hard truth and spirited hope can be one in the same. My storytelling crosses the natural and the theatrical; using dark humor, poetic imagery, and geography, I write the drama of the women-in-place. As a theater artist, I revel in the days of little things; I’m convinced meaning is in the small places we pass by on our drive to grandeur. My mission is to write for the everyday women of every generation - to reveal the importance in her seemingly mundane, her perceived failures, and her unrelenting fight. Smart, stuck, haunted, and tenacious, these are women navigating the intricacies of the American landscape, past and present, in plays that are thoughtfully constructed, highly theatrical, and ultimately soulful.

ACTOR

That smart girl who's got your number. As a child I devoured classic films—Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin’s antics, Myrna Loy’s quick comebacks, and Greer Garson’s fearless poise. Quick-wit comedy, smart writing, and a healthy obsession with Williams’ plays became my inspiration for stepping into the theater world. I've played scrappy children, offbeat teens, and 1940s-60s period women with more to say than is socially acceptable. Playing in the dirt, a pencil skirt, or in a high-power fast paced environment - any character I play has smarts, edge, wit, standards, and tenacity.

SINGER/ SONGWRITER

Infused with personal experiences, relentless honesty, and a little fiddle thrown in for good measure, I re-imagine wordplay, rhyme, common phrases and sayings into my own folklore. I abide by the Joni Mitchell rule – use the words needed to say what you want to, be it three be it thirty. (She never said this, but that’s my two cents) Beginning the classical violin as a kid set me on a path to picking up fiddle, guitar, and mandolin ­– even on stage as an actor. My music is self-produced and can be found here on this website and on Youtube.

Hannah Hartmann brings 1950s optimism and a frank Minnesotan openness to the laboratory
— New York Theater Review (God is a Verb)
Hannah Hartmann... offers moments of high comedy, and does so effortlessly.
— Joanne Rochman, Republican-American (Brighton Beach Memoirs)
a plucky farm girl...
— Theater is Easy (God is a Verb)
...an original sound that the world needs to hear.
— Youtube Viewer
never heard anything like this before
— Youtube Viewer