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Fine & Performing Arts Faculty

Laura Standley

MFA, University of California, Irvine,  Acting
BA, University of Central Oklahoma, Theatre & Communications

A director, actress and teacher, Laura comes from a family of vaudevillians and tent show performers. She received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma and her MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.

While working as an actress she was introduced to physical theatre, body-based actor disciplines and the use of dance choreography techniques in rehearsal which altered forever her approach to the process of creating theatre. NYC directing credits include the world-premiere musical The People Vs. Mona (Abingdon Theatre), the NY revival of Pump Boys and Dinettes (Manhattan Theatre Source), Lobby Hero, The Shape of Things and Collected Stories (Ground Up Productions). NYC acting credits include: Julius Caesar (Judith Shakespeare Co/Mint Theatre), The Lovers (Jean Cocteau Rep), Electra (HERE Arts Ctr), All's Well That Ends Well (Theatre TenTen), Northanger Abbey (Flatiron Theatre). Selected regional theatres include: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Long Beach Playhouse and Orange County Shakespeare Festival. Favorite university directing credits include: bobrauschenbergamerica, As You Like It, Scenes From an Execution, Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, Hedda Gabler and the punk rock version of Steven Berkoff's Agamemnon.

Laura is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she teaches performance. She has taught at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Stony Brook University, Chapman University and University of California, Irvine.  Laura is fascinated with the intersection of movement, action and the theatre experience. She uses the techniques of old masters like Michael Chekhov combined with the work of innovators like Steve Paxton and Anne Bogart to bridge movement, text and emotion, as well as foster collaboration and ensemble.  She continues to be inspired by this work in meaningful ways and is constantly looking for new forms of making theatre.

Venable Hall  Room G08 | Phone 413.662.5486 | Email Laura Standley