Annette Miller, now a scholar in Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center, has transformed her environment into an artistic paradise. She did this so that she can "walk to work in five minutes" from her redesigned home to her many roles at Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires. Her second home in the Berkshires was once EdithWharton's former ice house and carriage house in Lenox, which was redesigned into a funky four bedroom getaway to a master bedroom, where Miller can see Laurel Lake. This home also views the Edith Wharton Estate and the former home of Shakespeare & Company, the popular theater company in Lenox, where Miller is now an all time favorite. Moving to Lenox introduced her to the spontaneity and freedom of the energy of her fellow actors. Here she can integrate her personal family life and professional life seamlessly.
Eventually she was able to transform herself numerous times for the many roles she enacts in various productions. She originated the role of the first female prime minister of Israel in Golda’s Balcony; and she played the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland in Full Gallup and the Watergate whistle blower in Martha Mitchell Calling. Her most recent incarnation is that of Maria Callas in The Master Class. Miller is the recipient of many awards and nominations including:
- The 2003 Eliot Norton Award for outstanding actor as well as the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for Golda's Balcony.
- The 2009 Elliot Norton Award nomination for best actress for the role of Martha Mitchell in Martha Mitchell Calling.
- The 2012 Florida State Carbonel Award nomination for best actress for her performance of Vi in August Osage County.
- The Ziv Cohen Leadership Award from the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage for her contribution to Jewish Cultural life.
- In the fall 0f 2012 Annette was honored by the Boston Jewish Film Festival.
All this began with the purchase of a house in the Berkshires for summer family use.“You buy a house in the backyard of a great theater company...” she says and pauses for a beat. “It’s just one of those serendipitous things in life.” Equally serendipitous is her latest project as scholar in Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center. She is combining the insights gained from her strong one-woman shows to write a play, which she will call "Woman of a Certain Age." According to her, it will look "at women of a certain age in poems, literature, plays, and songs. It will also include past myths, historical women, and women of the bible. It is the next chapter in my artistic life a book end to Who’s a Lady which I created in 1972." . She has written and produced three shows which she tours, and received an American Bicentennial Grant to do a PBS program on Women of the American Revolution.
With all these accomplishments under her belt, we look forward to her future productions about women.