(Ethel Mertz) is a NYC based award-winning actress and writer and has toured around the world. Lori performed on Broadway and in the national tour of Mamma Mia! and in the national tour of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical. Off Broadway credits include the 2013 world premiere of the family drama Unbroken Circle; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Forbidden Broadway and as Carol Brady in The Bardy Bunch.
Film work includes playing a morning show host in the Coen brother’s feature Burn After Reading; An Invisible Sign; She’s Lost Control (2014 Berlinale, SXSW), Burning Up! (2014 Katra Festival) and playing the lead role in Coney Island Queen (2014 Cannes Shorts Corner).
TV includes 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, The Following, As The World Turns, The Today Show and Boyfriendz (2014 Comedy Central pilot with The Whitest Kids U’ Know).
Lori’s improvisational skills have been put to use as recurring political pundit Leslie Hillerman on the Onion News Network series, In The Know and as her alter ego NY2 Broadway reporter character, Margo Rose Ferderer (www.margorose.com).
Other stage credits include Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire (Premiere Stages); Forbidden Hollywood (Jeff Award & After Dark Award), Japan and Singapore tours; The Bikinis (Goodspeed, Long Wharf); Little Me (Jeff nomination) and Singin’ in the Rain (Jeff nomination & After Dark Award).
Lori is the 2014 recipient of the SAG-AFTRA Joseph C. Riley Service Award.
In national commercials Lori has had the pleasure of being directed by David Steinberg, Jordan Brady, Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris, Phil Morrison and Rupert Sanders.
Lori is co-author of the critically acclaimed guidebook for actors Minding the Edge – Strategies for a Fulfilling, Successful Career as an Actor (2012 Waveland Press). Visit: LoriHammel.com