Diane Benedict, Professor of Theatre Arts, M.F.A., Director of the LMU Theatre Arts Study Abroad program Bonn-Moscow. Professor Benedict spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Russian Federation at the Moscow Art Theatre. She completed her undergraduate studies in Vocal Music and Journalism at the University of Southern California, her graduate studies in London where she was awarded the Lillian Hellman and John Gielgud acting awards working with directors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her M.F.A. at U.C.L.A., where she received the Richard Burton, Jack Nicholson, Hugh O'Brian Competition, and Robert Reed Shakespeare acting awards. Professor Benedict completed her post-graduate work at the Moscow Art Theatre in Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov and Grotowski techniques. She conducted research on contemporary Brechtian Epic Theatre techniques at the Berliner Ensemble and at the Netherlands Theatre Institute in Amsterdam. Profe ssor Ben edict teaches Intermediate and Advanced Scene Study, Stanislavski and Brechtian Techniques, Cold-Reading and Audition Techniques, Voice, Intro to Performance, and Senior Thesis. Diane is a 40-year member of Actor's Equity, and SAG/AFTRA. As a professional director she has directed Chekhov Shorts, Rabbit Hole, The Heiress, Beast on the Moon, and Becoming Eleanor at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre. Internationally, Professor Benedict directed On Borrowed Time and Mother Road, Strider, What is to be Done?, Conference of the Birds, at the Schauspielhaus, Bonn. Some LMU directing credits include Three Sisters, Seagull, Kiss Me Kate, Cry Havoc, Macbeth, Threepenny Opera, The Cherry Orchard, House of Bernarda Alba, Odd Couple and Portia Coughlan. Professor Benedict received a BACKSTAGE WEST award for her performance in Burkie at International City Theatre, and appeared in the title role of the Los Angeles Times Critic's Pick production of Mrs. Warren's Prof ession a t the Long Beach Playhouse. Other acting roles include Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit, and A Chorus of Disapproval. National tours include the New York Shakespeare Festival's The Pirates of Penzance, starring Jim Belushi. Other local stage appearances at the Ahmanson, Geffen/Moca, Long Beach Playhouse, Gene Dynarski, Coronet and International City theatres include such roles as Anna in The King and I, Olya in The Three Sisters, Jean in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Marion in The Music Man.
University of California, Los Angeles: M.F.A., Performance / Acting 1989
Drama Studio London: M.A.
University of Southern California: B.A., Vocal Music & Journalism 1977
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The Fulbright Program in Russia
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.
Long Beach Playhouse to Present CHEKHOV SHORTS
Broadway World online
Long Beach Playhouse audiences are in for a very original and unique treat because opening this weekend in the Studio Theatre is a production called Chekov Shorts: The Proposal and The Bear.
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Stanislavski and Meisner and Physical Gesture
Diane Benedict, 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.