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Lisa Dalton

Master Teacher

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Lisa Dalton is President of the National Michael Chekhov Association, co-founded with Mala Powers and Wil Kilroy. She is a master teacher of Michael Chekhov¹s acting technique and a noted documentarian.  Lisa has shot several hundred hours of video on the subject of Michael Chekhov ranging from interviews with some of his famous students, to excerpts from classes taught in Russian, Berlin, England, and the US. She is the co-producer of
From Russia to Hollywood, the award winning documentary and contributed about one third of the footage for Michael Chekhov: The Dartington Years as well as for Russia¹s Planeta TV first documentary on Michael Chekhov.   Lisa released two DVD¹s for Sale: Anthony Quinn¹s Life and Encounters with Michael Chekhov and Lisa Dalton¹s Actor's Workout of the Chekhov Exercises.
 
Since 1994, Lisa Dalton has been on the Faculty of the Chekhov Theatre Institute, co-created with Mala Powers, Chekhov Estate Executrix and Professor Wil Kilroy, training acting teachers and professional actors. This is the longest running Chekhov Intensive worldwide, the most highly refined
Teacher Training Certification available, and in 2012, entered its 19th consecutive year, in varying locations around the USA.
 
Lisa was the Creator/Artistic Director of the first two International Michael Chekhov Workshops in the United States in 1998 and 1999 at the Eugene O¹Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.  She was on the Organizing Board of Directors of the International Michael Chekhov Association, drafting the original articles of incorporation in Russia in 1993. Lisa taught Chekhov in UK, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Caribbean, and around the US at various other Theatre Festivals, professional acting companies and colleges.
 
As a student of the Chekhov technique since 1980, Lisa studied with perhaps more first generation Chekhovians than any other teacher today: Beatrice Straight, Deirdre Hurst du Prey, Felicity Mason, Eleanor Faison, Hurd Hatfield, Eddy Grove, Joanna Merlin, Mala Powers, George Shdanoff and Jack Colvin. Wilfred Hunt, Ted Pugh, Mel Gordon, Sims Wyeth were also contributors to Lisa¹s body of knowledge along with interview subjects, classmates and teaching colleagues including Anthony Quinn, John Berry, Richard Kiley, Ford Rainey, Daphne Field, Mary Lou Taylor, Paul Rogers, Lloyd Bridges, Sharon Gless, Leslie Caron, William Elmhirst, Fern Sloan, Melania Levitsky, Dorothy Emerson, Joerg Andrees, Jobst Langhans, Sarah Kane and Andrei Malaev Babel.
 
Lisa has developed applications of Michael Chekhov¹s theories for stage and film directing, for artistic promotion, for on-camera acting in various forms from commercial advertising, stunt work to situation comedy and auditioning for film and television.  She taught at the American Film Institute Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Hollywood CA from 1988-2006. She has continued to offer workshops with the SAG/AFTRA DFW Professional Actor Training Programs.

Currently living in Ft. Worth Texas, US, Lisa is writing and publishing materials on applications of and further developments of Michael Chekhov¹s technique. In the fall of 2007, Lisa was one of three teachers selected worldwide and the only English-speaking teacher on the Faculty of the International Symposium Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was the only Attendee to teach and present a scholastic paper at the Symposium and contributed historical footage for screening. The book from this symposium was released in summer of 2009.

Lisa¹s educational background includes a BA from the University of MD, graduate training at American University with Experimental Directors Richard Schechner, Leo Shapiro, and Charles Ludlam. Extensive additional training in techniques of Grotowski, Polish Mime Theatre, Meyerholdt Bio-mechanics, gymnastics, combat and clown, mask, mime, circus arts, Stanislavsky, Strasberg (Actors Studio), Hagen (HB Studios) and Meisner.

Lisa Dalton has numerous awards for directing stage, independent film and video, and, performed in over 50 plays, 100+ commercials, TV Shows and Films. She was the Acting Coach for the A & E Channel "Spying on Myself" pilot and has coached actors on numerous Stage, TV and Film roductions.

Many of her acting credits can be seen on www.imdb.com and Lisa Dalton' can
be viewed at http://youtu.be/YxZfODdMJCI

Additionally, Lisa Dalton holds certifications in Life Coaching, Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Neurological Repatterning. Her counseling for performers and non-performers uses a wide range of modalities including Voice Dialogue, Psycho-kinesiology, Tapping, Guided Imagery and a variety of energy management techniques including applications of Chekhov¹s Technique for Human Health and Development. She practices yoga, Pilates and meditation/prayer regularly. Lisa continues to pursue her passions of S.C.U.B.A and Golf. She enjoy visiting her grandchildren in Denver and Washington DC on her motorcycle with Tibby, her shitzu.

Teaching Resume

Chekhov Theatre Institute, TX 2008, 2009, 2010 Artistic Director/Producer, Faculty
Chekhov Theatre Institute: 1994 –007 Adjunct Faculty, University of Southern Maine, Teacher Certification Track in Michael Chekhov’s techniques. Graduate/Undergrad course. Certifying body: Lisa Dalton, Wil Kilroy.
Pro ACT- Professional Actors Training with the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Actors, Central Region workshop leader, 2006- Current.
Guest Teaching 1976-2010 includes:
Kids Who Care, Ft. Worth TX
Texas Christian University, Spring 08 Adjunct
Weatherford College, Weatherford TX
Colin College, Plano, TX
Michael Chekhov International Symposium, Sorbonne Paris, Faculty, Contributing Author, Speaker, 2007
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals, Region 1 (Judge/ Faculty. 6 years)
Actors Movement Studio, NYC, 2006-07-08-09-10
Eagle Hill School, MA 2008-09-10
Central Connecticut State University
New York University, Adjunct
Adelphi University
Curry College, MA
Maharishi University of Management, Adjunct
Brooklyn College
Guilford School of Acting, UK
Emerson College, UK
Board of Education, City of New York
NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
New York Hospital Audiences
Stanislavski Theatre Studio, Washington DC
International Translators Association, Belgium
Teatre de la Inspiracion, Paris
School for Science of Art of Acting, London
Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conferences
International & State Thespian Conferences (Judge and Faculty, 5 years)
Donna Reed Festivals (Judge and Faculty, 4 years)
International Mime Festivals (‘8-’0)
Lisa Dalton’s Chekhov Connection, 2006- current, Fort Worth/Dallas Area, Los Angeles 1988- 2006, San Diego 1996 - 1999 Professional Acting Studio, Owner, Faculty, Director, Website
American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA with the Screen Actors Guild 1988-2006 Cold reading workshops and Host for Professional Guest Seminars.
The Michael Chekhov Drama Group, LA (Associate Director) 1988 –1996 taught with Chekhov Executrix Mala Powers.
Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Creator/Artistic Director/Faculty of Michael Chekhov International Workshops 1998, 1999
Michael Chekhov International Workshop (MCIW) Berlin (‘2); Russia (‘3); London (94), Berlin (95) Faculty, US Rep on Board of Organizers.
Stunt Acting Seminars 1986 –1995 New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA For professional stunt players to improve their creative acting skills.
Bond Street Theater Workshops 1976-1980, teaching mime, gymnastics, physical theatre styles, mask, circus skill, stage combat, etc. at various venues, festivals, schools
University of Maryland, MD Student Teaching Projects 1973 –1975, One year at Parkdale Senior High, one semester at Washington, DC School for the Socially Disabled. Curriculum focused on creative dramatics through improv and storytelling.