Lindsey Gates-Markel


I’m an actor and writer in the Midwest.


I love scenes that shift every night. I love being in heated familiar arguments and clear-eyed monologues and quiet scenes where barely anyone speaks and loud mayhem with slamming doors. I love quick changes barely offstage and when stage lights look like sunlight and I love the sound of the audience quieting when the play begins and I love all of it, all of it. 

Film acting

Recent onstage acting


  • Nina in Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner / Station Theatre

  • Emmy Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath / Station Theatre


  • Grace Kiefaber in Interior: Panic by Tennessee Williams / Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

  • Karen Weston in August: Osage County by Tracy Letts / Station Theatre


  • Aimee in The Night Alive by Conor McPherson / Station Theatre

  • Director, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter / Station Theatre


  • Alex in A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle / Station Theatre

  • Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang


I've written non-fiction about 90s LiveJournal in The Toast and about loving a little brother with drug addiction in The Rumpus. I've written fiction published in places like Little Fiction, WhiskeyPaper, Sundog Lit, and Hobart.

I'm working on a memoir. I write a newsletter called Better Still.



* Nominated for 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award
** Wigleaf’s Top 50 for 2014 longlist
*** Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Also, hello

I was born in 1983. I grew up with my parents and little brother on a corn and soybean farm in rural Illinois. 

I loved reading in the grass and watching the trees. I was a member of a small theatre where kids learned to put on theatre by doing Shakespeare and ancient Greek plays. I loved the internet. I loved Bust magazine and Ani DiFranco. I loved driving in the country with the windows down and all the gravel dust swirling in.

I'm married to a musician named Larry. I'm a member of the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre, where I've directed once but I still dig acting the most. I got a creative writing MFA. I'm the content strategist at Pixo, a woman-owned digital agency in downtown Urbana.

I still love all the same things. I still get onstage to do Shakespeare. Still stay up late to read. Still roll down the windows. 

Oh, and I make good Spotify playlists every month if you want to listen. 

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You can also email me or find me on Twitter, god forbid.

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