Education

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.  MFA Acting, Graduate Spring 2015.

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.  BA Drama, Graduate Spring 2001, Magna Cum Laude.

 

Moscow Art Theatre School, with Vakhtangov School of Movement, Moscow, RUSSIA.  Fall 1999.

 

National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT.  Spring 1999.

 

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London, ENGLAND.  Fall 2000.

 

Michael Chekhov Association, USA.  1999-Present

 

Theatrical Intimacy Education, Fall 2019

Teaching and Workshops

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Fall 2015-Present:
    
Acting Technique I & II

Creation of new Sophomore Acting Studio Program for the Brind School. Coaching intermediate actors, using the techniques of Michael Chekhov and Constantine Stanislavski.  Coaching actors in scene and monologue work, ensemble building, and professional development.

Poetic Realism

Junior Acting Studio with a focus on theatrical texts with heightened language (including Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Maria Irene Fornes, Suzan-Lori Parks, and others.) Coaching actors in scene and monologue work, using text analysis.

Committees/Appointments:

University of the Arts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (2019-present)

Curated Season Play Selection Committee (2019-present)

Academic Advisor: Brind School of Theatre (2019-present)

Faculty advisor: Sketch-Comedy Club (2015-2016)

Adjunct Professor

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Fall 2012-Present:
    

Acting I

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for beginning actors, using the technique of Uta Hagen.  Directing actors in Object Exercises, contemporary American scenes, and monologues.

Acting IV

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for advanced actors, using the technique of Michael Chekhov. Directing actors in Anton Chekhov and contemporary American scenes, and monologues.

 

Art of Acting

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for beginning actors, using the techniques of Uta Hagen, Constantine Stanislavsky, and Michael Chekhov.  Directing actors in scene and monologue work, focusing on contemporary American playwrights.

 

Speech for the Actor

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for intermediate actors, focusing on the fundamentals of speech, emphasizing clarity, dissipation of regional accents, and learning the International Phonetic Alphabet.


Acting III Workshop

Guest teacher, leading advanced actors in Shakespeare performance, with a focus on scansion, “liaisons,” and interpretation, while integrating voice and movement.  

 

Voice I Workshop

Guest teacher, leading beginning actors in voice theories, among them Catherine Fitzmaurice, and Roy Hart. Integration of Laban, Michael Chekhov, and yoga.

Dramatic Imagination

Assisting in the implementation of a syllabus designed to introduce non-theatre majors to the world of theatre, including styles and history.  Lecturing and leading exercises on basic acting techniques.

 

Intern Director

Saratoga Shakespeare Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY

Summer 2018:
    
Ensemble & Education Training

Program Director for professional interns, leading advanced actors in Shakespeare performance, with a focus on scansion, “liaisons,” and interpretation. Integrating voice and movement with the techniques of Catherine Fitzmaurice, Roy Hart, Michael Chekhov, Constantine Stanislavski, and Andrei Droznin. Training interns in pedagogical methods, culminating in intern-lead theatre classes for diverse, public school-aged children.

 

Visiting Artist

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

January 2015:
    
Creating a Character Through Movement Workshop

Guest teacher, leading a workshop based on the techniques of Michael Chekhov, specifically “Imaginary Body,” “Psychological Gesture,” and “Centers” to apply to building character and speaking text.

 

Lead Faculty

Walnut Street Theatre School, Philadelphia, PA

Fall 2005-Fall 2016:
    
Russian Masters

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed around the works of famous Russian playwrights, directors, and actors.  Leading acting exercises based in Michael Chekhov, Constantine Stanislavski, Andrei Droznin, and Meyerhold. Directing actors in scene and monologue work, focusing on classic Russian playwrights.

 

Introduction to Michael Chekhov Workshop

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for actors of all levels, using the techniques of Michael Chekhov, specifically “Psychological Gesture,” “Atmosphere,” and “Centers.”

 

Introduction to Acting

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for beginning actors, using the techniques of Uta Hagen, Constantine Stanislavski, and Michael Chekhov. Directing actors in scene and monologue work, focusing on contemporary American playwrights.

 

Advanced Acting

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for beginning actors, using the techniques of Uta Hagen, Jerzy Grotowski, Constantine Stanislavski, and Michael Chekhov. Directing actors in scene and monologue work, focusing on contemporary American playwrights.


Scene Study

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for intermediate actors, using the techniques of Constantine Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.  Directing actors in scene and monologue work, focusing on contemporary American Playwrights.

 

Comedy Performance and Sketch Writing

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for experienced actors, using improvisation techniques and play-writing to create original works of comedic theatre.  Directing actors in performances of their self-generated materials.

 

Lead Faculty

Delaware Theatre Company, Summer on Stage, Wilmington, DE

Summers 2014, 2015:
    
Voice and Movement

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for young actors, using the techniques of Alexander, Michael Chekhov, Fitzmaurice, Lecoq, and Droznin.  Daily exercises in yoga, modern dance, singing, and ensemble building exercises. Directing actors in writing of, and final performance of ensemble-generated play.

 

Visiting Artist

Cherry Hill Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ

Summer 2012:
     
Introduction to Drama for Actors with Autism

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for young actors with autism and Aspergers, using the techniques of Lecoq and Michael Chekhov.  Directing actors in final performance of ensemble-generated red-nose clown play.

 

Visiting Artist

Dreuding Center Women’s Shelter, Philadelphia, PA

Summer 2012:
    

Dramatic Therapy

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for young actors, using the techniques of Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.  Design and playwriting techniques introduced as part of the final production. Directing actors in final performance of ensemble-generated play.

 

Cast Faculty Artist

Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA

Winter 2012, Winter 2018:
    
Introduction to Drama “Arden for All”

Implementation of syllabus developed for young actors, using design and playwriting techniques.  Daily exercises in voice and movement.

Lead Teacher

HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Philadelphia, PA

October 2006-July 2010:
    
Introduction to Drama

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for youth with cerebral palsy.  Designing activities for script and monologue writing, improvisation games, and character building.  Directing actors in final performance of ensemble-generated play.
 

Volunteer Faculty

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Winter 2004:
    
Introduction to Acting

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for youth actors.  Designing activities for improvisation games, character building, and integration of reading skills.

 

Director of Faculty

Schenectady Jewish Community Center, Schenectady, NY

December 2002-December 2003:
    
Introduction to Drama

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for youth actors.  Leading acting exercises based in Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski, Droznin, and Meyerhold. Daily exercises in voice and movement.

 

Director of Faculty

Camp Chaverim, Schenectady, NY

June 2003-August 2003:
    

Introduction to Drama

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for youth actors.  Leading acting exercises based in Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski, Droznin, and Meyerhold. Daily exercises in voice and movement.

 

Intern Faculty

National Theatre Institute, Waterford, CT

February 2002-December 2002:
    

Warm-Ups

Leading actors in daily exercises in voice and movement, focusing on yoga, modern dance, Michael Chekhov, Droznin, and Meyerhold.

 

Visiting Artist

Schenectady High School, John Sayles School of Fine Arts, Schenectady, NY

January 2002:
    

Introduction to Michael Chekhov Technique

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for youth actors in week-long intensive focusing on the exercises of Michael Chekhov.  Introduction to the theories of Stanislavski and Russian theatre history.

 

Intern Faculty

Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, PA

May 2001-August 2001:
     
Drama for Youth

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for young actors, using the techniques of Michael Chekhov, Lecoq, and Droznin.  Daily exercises in yoga, modern dance, singing, and ensemble building exercises. Design techniques introduced as part of the final production.  Directing actors in writing and performance of ensemble-generated play.

 

Warm-ups

Leading advanced actors in daily exercises in voice and movement, focusing on yoga, Michael Chekhov, Andrei Droznin, and Meyerhold.


Visiting Artist

Cain Park School for the Arts, Cleveland, OH

June 2001:
 

Introduction to Michael Chekhov Technique

Creation and implementation of syllabus developed for youth actors in week-long intensive focusing on the exercises of Michael Chekhov and Lecoq.

Directing and Coaching

Private Acting, Speech, and Dialect Coach

2001-Present

 

Saratoga Shakespeare Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY

Co-Director, Shakespeare for All

Summer 2018

 

11th Hour Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA

Dialect Coach, Field Hockey Hot

Winter 2015

 

Lantern Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA

Russian language Consultant, QED

Fall 2014

 

EgoPo Classic Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Dialect and Vocal Coach, Death of a Salesman

Fall 2014

 

Walnut Street Theatre School, Philadelphia, PA

Director/Devisor, Live from the ‘Nut!

Fall 2011

 

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Director, No Bucks Cabaret

Spring 2001

Awards and Honors

Philadelphia Barrymore Award

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, FIELD HOCKEY HOT          

           

Philadelphia Barrymore Nominations

Best Leading Performance in a Play, INDECENT

Best Ensemble in a Play, INDECENT

Best Leading Performance in a Play, 2.5 MINUTE RIDE                  

Best Ensemble in a Musical, FIELD HOCKEY HOT                            

Best Actress in a Musical, GREAT AMERICAN TRAILERPARK MUSICAL 

Best Ensemble in a Musical, GREAT AMERICAN TRAILERPARK MUSICAL 

Best Ensemble in a Play, SPRING AWAKENING

Best Ensemble in a Play, PAY UP

 

Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, Award Recipient  (2007, 2008)

 

Temple University, Teaching and Learning Center, Certification (2012)

 

Dean’s List, Ithaca College (1997-2001)

 

Who’s Who in American Universities & Colleges, Temple University (2013)

Artistic Administration and Outreach

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

January 2004-July 2011:

Assistant to the Controller

Daily processing of sales reports and deposits.  Weekly processing of payroll, operating checks for vendors and employees, and generation of Actors Equity Association earnings reports. Yearly processing of 1099 tax forms for employees, handling of Board-directed audit, and creation/administration of Annual Budgets for entire theatre corporation.  Management of PA Unemployment Compensation, Workers’ Compensation, Life/Health/Dental Insurance for all employees.  Maintenance of office hardware and supplies.

 

Camden Printworks, Camden, NJ

July 2016-September 2017:

 Office/Print Shop Assistant

Daily sales processing, tracking customer order progress, customer outreach, and production schedule. Processing payroll, ordering goods and hardware, as needed. Shop management of production belts, and administration of large order mailings/shipments for international clients.

 

Barrymore Awards, Philadelphia, PA

Season 2010, 2015/2016:

 Nominator

Attendance of Philadelphia-based theatre productions for nomination committee.

 

Shakespeare in Clark Park, Philadelphia, PA

Summers 2009, 2010:

Props Designer

Design and supply of properties for rehearsal and performances.

 

Schenectady Jewish Community Center, Schenectady, NY

December 2002-December 2003:

Director of After School Enrichment Program, Teen Programs Coordinator

Creation of enrichment programs for youth, teaching classes in arts and drama, managing and leading staff training in customer service and child care, programming of major events.

 

Camp Chaverim, Schenectady, NY

June 2003-August 2003:

Activities Coordinator

Leading camp groups in team-building exercises, classes in drama, and crafts.

 

National Theatre Institute, Waterford, CT

February 2002-December 2002:

Intern

Traveling nationally to colleges/universities to recruit prospective students and events planning. Supervision of actors in travel to Moscow, Russia, for study with the Moscow Art Theatre.

 

Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, PA

May 2001-August 2001:

Intern

Performing with resident company on main-stage theater, box office/ticket sales, and audience services.

 

Michael Chekhov Association

Summers 1999-2001:

Intern

Management of housing, transportation, and rehearsal spaces for staff and students.

"The brilliant ought-to-be famous Leah Walton."

                                                                       -Philadelphia City Paper

Headshot Credits: Billy Bustamante BillyBPhotography

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