Linda Bisesti, AEA, Artistic Director
Linda Bisesti (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) Linda received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, School for the Arts. Professor Bisesti is the Artistic Director of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, SCSF, in residence at Cal Poly Pomona, where she is also the Head of Acting. Linda has also been on the faculty of California State University Long Beach, teaching voice in the MFA program, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Guest Artist positions include the American Shakespeare Center, teaching Voice in the MFA program at Mary Baldwin University; The Gaiety School of Acting, (National Theatre School of Ireland); Dublin’s Fortune’s Fool Productions; Wellesley College and Wellesley College Summer Theatre. Linda’s numerous directing credits range from Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights, including Two Noble Kinsmen at Mary Baldwin University, Blackfriars Theatre, The American Shakespeare Center and Intimate Apparel, one of six invited productions to compete for best production at the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival, Region 8.
A SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor, Linda’s credits include feature films, From Hollywood to Rose, Best Comedy, Hollywood Independent Reel Festival; For the Love of Money; Killing Time (Sundance Film Festival); Love is the Drug (Slamdance Film Festival); Hurt; The Big Empty; The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Tribeca Film Festival); Sacramento, (AFI Film Festival); Book of Esther; Sarah's Choice among many others. Partial TV credits include Netflix’s new series Ratched, airing in September; HBO’s Here and Now; CBS Pilot: Cagney and Lacey; TV Land: Teachers; Married; Pretty Little Liars; Days of Our Lives; Monk; Criminal Minds; Brothers and Sisters; The West Wing; The Practice; The Young and Restless and How To Get Away With Murder.
Regional theatre credits include the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company where Linda performed as Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, Osric in Hamlet at the Odyssey Theatre, Sir Andrew Aguechek in Twelfth Night and Roderigo in Othello at the Boston Court Theatre. Partial East Coast regional credits include Shear Madness, Boston’s Charles Playhouse and Present Laughter, Boston’s Lyric Stage. West Coast credits, Inspecting Carol at the Laguna Playhouse for which she won a Backstage Award for best comic performance and Steel Magnolias at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. SCSF credits include Tamora, in Titus Andronicus, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Gertrude in Hamlet, Julius in Julius Caesar, Maria in Twelfth Night and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.
Linda coaches actors for Film, TV, Theatre in voice, dialects, accent reduction, and acting. She is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher trained by internationally renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. Linda has had the honor of coaching Carrie Fisher, Brittany Daniel, John Stamos and many others.
Linda is grateful for her Cal Poly Pomona students, and thanks them for their dedication to SCSF. Here’s to SCSF and our 16th year!--