About

BFA NYU Tisch / Atlantic Acting School

Hannah is a New York based actor, playwright, and singer/songwriter with New England roots. A millennial realist who lives by faith.

ACTOR

I'm 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.

PLAYWRIGHT

Scripts that are at once sparse and then dense – I write what’s in between the lines without writing it. Plays include: NATIVE (O'Neill Semifinalist, 2016), SEE HORSES, and NIGHTJAR. I'm looking for eternity in the everyman's every-day. I write stories with meaning in unexpected places and birth characters with odd affinities. As a modern parable writer and theater artist, I revel in the days of small things – I am convinced eternal meaning dwells in the apparent mundane. My storytelling crosses the natural and the theatrical; using dark humor, poetic imagery, geography, and character specificity, I enjoy creating a world that reminds you of a place you know, but only exists in theater. As a trained actor, I strive to write plays for actors – driven by the characters, energized by their activities, relationships and habits. Born in New England to a family with southern roots, my heart is after those of Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, and Anne Lamott. I am currently an advanced playwright at Primary Stages ESPA in NYC. 

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