College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Linda Bisesti

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 also the Head of Acting.  She is one of 200 internationally recognized Designated Linklater Voice teachers trained by Kristin Linklater. Linda has also been on the faculty of California State University, Long Beach, MFA program, and University of Massachusetts, Boston. Guest Artist positions include the American Shakespeare Center, teaching Voice for the MFA program, The Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland, Fortune’s Fool Productions of Dublin, Ireland, Wellesley College and Wellesley College Summer Theatre.
A SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor, Linda’s credits include feature films, the award winning Best Comedy of 2017 at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival: From Hollywood to Rose. Other film credits include: HBO’s Here and Now, For The Love of Money, and Hurt. TV credits include: CBS’s remake of Cagney and Lacey, 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. 
Regional theatre credits include the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company where she performed such roles as Nerissa In Merchant of Venice, Osric in Hamlet and Sir Andrew Aguechek in Twelfth Night.  Regional theatre credits: in various roles in Shear Madness at Boston’s Charles Playhouse. SCSF credits include Gertrude in Hamlet, Julius in Julius Caesar, Maria in Twelfth Night and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.  Linda received a Backstage West Award for Best Comic Performance as Zorah Block in Inspecting Carol at Laguna Playhouse. Three L.A. Weekly nominations for Best Ensemble work in various LAWSC’s productions.
Linda coaches actors for TV, Film and Theatre in Voice, Accent Reduction, Acting and graduate school auditions.  She has the honor of coaching Brittany Daniel, Carrie Fisher, John Stamos and many others. She is grateful for her fine students at Cal Poly Pomona and thanks them for their dedication to their growth as young artists.