A professional Actress and Acting Coach in NYC for over 20 years, Lisa Regina has appeared on TV / Film in The Sopranos, Bronx Paradise, Priceless, All My Children, and national commercial campaigns for Delta Sky Miles, K-Mart and Macy’s. Most recently, she was the on-air host for the 2010 Maxwell Football Awards and is currently filming "79 Parts" in the role of Vera, with Award Winning Director, Ari Taub.
Lisa studied at New York University in the School of Educational Theatre, as well as the Tisch School for the Performing Arts. At NYU, her focuses were performance, educational theatre, as well as screen writing and film production.
As an educator of the arts, Lisa formerly taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also taught independent acting workshops at the Actor's Loft in the Village.She created children's workshops, produced and wrote plays for KAPOW! Kid Actor's Performance Workshops in New York City.
Today, Lisa teaches actors privately and in workshops through her company LR Acting Workshops, providing training and industry connections. Lisa works closely with Casting Director, Donna McKenna. With locations in New York City, New Jersey and Long Island. Lisa’s prides herself on guiding her students work to what is natural, believable and human. Lisa’s students can be seen in numerous national commercial campaigns, feature films and television series. This year, Lisa’s coaching was featured on BRAVO’s hit series The Real Housewives of NJ, as she coached Theresa’s daughter Gia, for a major motion picture audition.
Lisa is often contacted directly by NYC's finest film schools, casting directors and legit agents for student referrals. This provides Lisa's students with casting opportunities, as well as true, on-set experiences.
As a professional of the arts, Lisa is committed to creating projects from concept, writing, directing and producing that shed light on the stories that often go unheard. In 2001, she wrote, directed and produced an educational film, Kenny, which won the Manhattan Global Film Festival and a Humanitarian Award. Kenny is an educational project, focused on the rare skin disease Ichthyosis and is currently being distributed by the National Film Network. Most recently, Kenny was selected as an entrant in the 2009 Long Island International Film Festival. In 2007, Lisa wrote, directed and produced an educational stage performance, A Write to Heal. The performance was an extension of Lisa’s non-profit organization, A Write to Heal, Inc. As the program’s founder and director, Lisa continues to educate others through writing, performance and filmmaking. The show premiered at the Culture Project in NYC and throughout communities in New Jersey.
The performance is a collection of monologues, poems and music emerging from the true stories of women who have been victims of domestic violence.
Herself a survivor, Lisa now educates others and is collaborating with various domestic violence programs to introduce A Write to Heal throughout the country. A Write to Heal, is a credited course for The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. The YWCA has recognized Lisa’s advocacy work and invites her to speak out and perform at YWCA events throughout the country.
Lisa’s Approach To The Craft: As an acting coach, my approach to the art form of acting, is to teach my students the art of ‘being human’; I encourage them to observe human behavior, mannerisms, and relationships. This observation helps me to guide my actors to understand and to develop their behavior, gestures, patterns of speech and idiosyncrasies, in order to achieve a naturalistic style of acting. This is essential, since ‘acting is a reflection of life and the relationships that exist in our world.’ Therefore, the techniques that you learn in my acting classes, will not only help you to become a better actor, but will benefit you in your personal life, and in the business world as well.
Emotional Palette : A technique and tool that I teach my actors to use, in order to ‘get to the subtext’ of the dialogue. I teach my actors how to build their own personal ‘emotional palette’, which holds a broad range of emotions. This technique allows my actors to personalize and connect to the material. As a tool, it offers the actor an effective way to relate to the script, scene or monologue, most importantly, it enables the actor to connect emotionally. The emotional palette, like a painter’s tool, provides the actors with a wide range of emotions to ‘color any script.'
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Lisa’s students get cast from her Acting Class and work with her guest Director, Ari Taub
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Lisa’s Industry Guest Director, Ari Taub