Hilary Schwartz hails from the small but mighty town of Murphys, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. She began as a dancer but moved quickly into acting after she was cast as a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Murphys Creek Theatre's Summer Shakespeare Repertory Company. This led to a passion for Shakespeare and the classics at an early age. She spent multiple summers performing with the company before transferring to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California for her final year of high school.
From Idyllwild, Hilary went on to receive a B.A in Drama from the University of California, Irvine where she studied under Robert Cohen and Eli Simon among others. She spent her third year abroad studying at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London, England, where she deepened and strengthened her talents both in Shakespeare and modern drama. During her time at BADA she was taught by and took master classes with some of today's most renowned actors and professors of acting, including Greg Hicks and Kelly Hunter of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Fiona Shaw, John Gorrie, Brian Cox, Leo Wringer, and Ian Wooldridge.
Hilary built a theatre career in Los Angeles after college. She has a passion for premiere stage work, and originated roles in a number of world and west coast premieres as an ensemble member with The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood, including the Ovation Award-winning John is a Father, starring alongside Sam Anderson and directed by Dan Bonnell. She worked with various other theatre ensembles while living in Los Angeles including the Open Fist Theatre, Downtown Repertory, and the renowned classics company The Porters of Hellsgate, where she is also an ensemble member. Hilary is now based in Chicago, where she has worked with Eclipse Theatre, Babes with Blades, Jackalope, Steep, Level 11 Theatre, and more. In 2015, Hilary produced and starred in a short film of adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cressida', directed by Drew Feldman and co-produced with collaborator artistic partner A.C. Sanford, which can been seen on Vimeo and Youtube. She continues to work in theatre, film, and television in both Chicago and Los Angeles. She is represented by agents Amy Lord with LB Talent (Los Angeles) and Shirley Hamilton Talent (Chicago), and is managed by Brenda Fisher and Gina Nuccio with RSA Talent Management. She continues to study acting with Larry Moss, the Nancy Banks Studio, and Acting Studio Chicago.