Theatre and New Dance
Getting to know our faculty
Professor Linda Bisesti, in the Department of Theatre and New Dance, is head of acting and voice and is the artistic director of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival (SCSF).
“Intimate Apparel,” directed by Bisesti in Fall 2017, was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), from which they won two awards.
Southern California Shakespeare Festival, in its 14th season, will be performing Romeo and Juliet this Summer 2018. It will feature current students, alumni, and guest artists.
Bisesti also keeps busy in the professional acting world working most recently on the show “Here and Now” and the reboot of “Cagney and Lacey.” Her credits include the award winning Best Comedy of 2017 at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival: “From Hollywood to Rose.” Other film credits include: “For The Love of Money,” and “Hurt.” TV credits include: TV Land’s “Teachers,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Married,” “Criminal Minds,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Monk,” “The West Wing,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and many others.
What is one thing you would like others to know about your profession?
I would like others to know how hard it is to be a working, well-trained actor. I would like people to have an appreciation for what it means to be an artist and an actor. For a TV show on a daily basis there can be 2,500-5,000 submissions for a part and out of those submissions only 15 people are chosen to audition. Out of those, 3 people get called back and then only 1 person is selected for the part. It is pretty competitive and they don’t talk about numbers and the work behind getting a part, it’s a mystery that you don’t see on camera.
Who is a person living or deceased you wish you could meet?
I wish I had the chance to meet John Mahoney, who just passed, because he started acting when he was older, about 37, and he was an amazing actor and a lovely human being. I love that he began working at a much later age than most actors and was incredibly successful. He even went back to theatre after having worked on Frasier for so many years. I really wish I had a chance to meet him.
What would a great day be for you?
To teach at Cal Poly, and have an audition opportunity that does not conflict with my teaching schedule.