Linda Bisesti, AEA, Artistic Director

Linda Bisesti

Linda Bisesti (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) Linda received her Master oFine 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, and the Head of Acting.  Linda has also been on the faculty of California State University, Long Beach, MFA program, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Guest Artist positions include the American Shakespeare Center, teaching Voice in the MFA program; The Gaiety School of Acting, National Theatre School of Ireland; Fortune’s Fool Productions in Dublin, Ireland; Wellesley College and Wellesley College Summer Theatre. She recently directed Two Noble Kinsmen for the Shakespeare and Performance MFAs at Mary Baldwin University at the Blackfriars Theatre, The American Shakespeare Center. 

A  SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor, Linda’s credits include feature films, From Hollywood to Rose, the winner of Best Comedy in the Hollywood Independent Reel Festival, 2017;  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 others.  Television credits include  Movie of the Week: Hunter; CBS Pilot: Cagney and Lacey; TV Land: Teachers; Married; Pretty Little Liars; Days of Our Lives; Monk; Criminal Minds; Brother and Sisters;The West Wing; Boston Public; The Practice; The Young and Restless;  How To Get Away With Murder, and many others.

Regional theatre credits include the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company where she performed such roles as Nerissa In The 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, and Laguna Playhouse where she won a Backstage Award for best comic performance for Inspecting Carol. SCSF credits include Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Gertrude in Hamlet, Julius in Julius Caesar, Maria in Twelfth Night and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, among others.

Linda coaches actors for TV, Film, Theatre in Voice, Accent Reduction, Voice Challenges and Acting. A Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, Linda was trained by Kristin Linklater.  She has the honor of coaching Brittany Daniel, John Stamos, Carrie Fisher and others. Linda is grateful for her Cal Poly Pomona students, and thanks them for their dedication to SCSF. Here’s to SCSF and our 15th year!