Big Idea Theatre is proud to be offering a new and exciting education experience for the training performer. Professional actor, dancer, and choreographer Lori Russo, will be sharing her vast knowledge of movement for the actor and the importance to character development. Lori Russo, who is currently the movement coach for Big Idea’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, brings 25 years of experince from Sacramento. Los Angeles, New York, and beyond.
“An audience cannot experience the actor’s intention, no matter how much he means it, if it remains ‘locked’ inside an unskilled body and an underdeveloped voice. ” -Lori Russo
Classes begin on August 13th and continue for the following two weekends. The schedule is as follows:
August 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 26th, and 27th. All classes will be hosted at Big Idea Theatre from 12pm-4pm. Class price is $200.
If you are interested in signing up for Lori Russo’s movement class or have any questions, please contact A BIT MORE Coordinator, Jamie Kale at email@example.com
Lori Russo a native from Hollywood California, has been professionally working as an actress, dancer , singer & choreographer for more the 25 years. She began dancing at the age of four, acting and singing at the age of 14. At 16 she began her professional career. At 22 she began teaching dance. Her theatrical training began at Estelle Harman Studios in Hollywood. She went on to USC’s Drama Conservatory BFA program, under the Artistic Directorship of John Houseman. She continued studies in NYC with Terry Schreiber and Michael Cecchi, which she considers her Masters education. Her dance training began at four years old. At 15, she was awarded a private scholarship to Stanely Holden Ballet Center. At 22 she was awarded a scholarship to Dupree Dance Academy and continued her studies further in NYC. As an actor her training includes techniques in, Meisner, Strasberg, Alexander technique, body dynamics, Stanislavski & Michael Chekov. As a dancer her, training includes, Ballet, classical jazz, contemporary, tap, and some modern. As a choreographer, she has been told she thinks like a director because her thought process is creating movement out of intentions or needs that need to be carried out and expressed and further the story. Bringing purpose to the movement in a way that assists in creating character behavior. In 2009 She was invited to Potsdam University to teach a week long acting intensive that culminated in her performance of Rick Foster’s “Love Isadora”. A one person play about the modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. This piece personifies the integration of movement, both choreographed dance and stylized movement, that connects directly with character behavior, emotional life, externalizing intention through the body as well as spontaneity of expression from moment to moment. Her experience as a choreographer spans, musicals, highly stylized plays, plays with music, poetry and production shows. She continues to explore other philosophies of movement to integrate into her own work as an actor, choreographer, story teller and teacher. Lori’s intention with this workshop, is to assist and inspire actors to not just feel, but to express and embody all aspects of character in a theatrical text. Using their whole body as the instrument to achieve full, rich and textured, fully alive and engaged expressiveness, even in stillness.