Diane Benedict

Diane Benedict, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University, B. A., University of Southern California, M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles, will travel to the Moscow Art Theatre, (MXAT), in the Russian Federation to teach “Vocal Dynamic with Physical Gesture in Actor Training,” which is the result of work she did at the Berliner Ensemble, and the Deutches Theatre on Epic Theatre Techniques of Bertolt Brecht, which emphasizes the essential role physical gesture plays in vocal performance. Also at MXAT, she will be conducting research on “Meyerhold’s Bio-Mechanics and Grotowski’s Physical Gestus in Actor’s Training”. Professor Benedict first visited MXAT in 1989 as a UCLA graduate acting student, in a joint project with actors from The Julliard School, and other actors in training from all over the world, as part of Moscow’s Theatre Festival, Podium, where she studied Stanislavski, Grotowski, Meyerhold techniques. Professor Benedict is a member of Actor’s Equity, Screen Actor’s Guild, AFTRA and ATHE. As a theatre director, some credits include Beast on the Moon , Anton Chekov’s, The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, Macbeth, Three Penny Opera, The House of Bernarda Alba and the West Coast premieres of Portia Coughlan, and Becoming Eleanor,at the Long Beach Playhouse. Internationally, Professor Benedict has taught study abroad programs at Trinity College, Dublin, and in Paris, France, where she also directed Collage 1 at the Regard du Cyne. She has also acted in theatre, film and television, appearing in such national tours as the New York Shakespeare Festival’s, production of The Pirates of Penzance, and also received a Drama Logue Award for her role in the West Coast Premiere of Burkie at the International City Theatre.

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