Linda Bisesti, AEA, Artistic Director
Linda received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, School for the Arts. She is a Professor and the Head of Acting in the B.A. Theatre program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she directs, and teaches acting and voice and is a proud Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. Linda has also been on the faculty of California State University, Long Beach, teaching voice in the MFA and BFA program, and faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Guest Artist positions include Fortune’s Fool Productions of Dublin, Ireland, The Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland, American Shakespeare Center, and The Actors’ Center in London, Wellesley College, Wellesley Summer Theatre and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
A working SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor, Linda’s acting credits include feature films, the 2017 Feature Film "From Hollywood to Rose," Winner of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Other credits include: "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman," "For The Love of Money," "Hurt," "Addicted to Her Love" (Cannes Film Festival) and "Killing Time" (Sundance Film Festival). TV credits: HBO’s new series, “Here and Now”, TV Land's "Teachers," "How To Get Away with Murder," "Married," "Criminal Minds," "Brothers and Sisters," "Monk," "Days of Our Lives" and many others. Regional theatre credits include the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, where she appeared as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night" and Osric in "Hamlet," the 20th Anniversary production of LAWSC at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and various roles in the long running hit "Shear Madness" at Boston’s Charles Playhouse. At the Laguna Playhouse, Linda won Backstage West Award for Best Comic Performance as Zorah in "Inspecting Carol." At the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Linda appeared as Clariee in "Steel Magnolias." Linda is the Artistic Director of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, SCSF and among her favorite credits for SCSF include Weird Sister 1 in "Macbeth," Julius Caesar in "Julius Caesar," Queen Elizabeth in "Richard the Third," Dogberry in "Much Ado about Nothing," and Maria in "Twelfth Night.” and Adam/Eve in "As You Like It".Linda is a private coach for TV, Film, and Theatre in Voice, Accent Reduction, Dialects, Acting, Auditioning, and Text. She has the honor of coaching Brittany Daniel, among many others. She is grateful for her fine students at Cal Poly Pomona, and for her wonderful and brilliant husband Matthew Reidy