CHARLOTTE ACTING: LINDA ANN WATT
Highly regarded acting instructor Linda Ann Watt currently teaches two classes at Spirit Square: the Master Class for those wanting to learn the craft of acting and the Workshop Advanced for working actors, directors and writers. She was invited to teach through the educational department of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in spring 2011. Through her not-for-profit organization, Learn with Laughter, Watt teaches youth and was the recipient of a Grass Roots Arts Project (GAP) Grant 2008-2012, awarded through the Union County Community Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council teaching acting & Scene Study and Filmmaking & Editing.
Watt is a member of Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA). She owns Corlin Productions, a union franchised production house. Through Corlin Productions, Watt has produced and directed film, television, documentaries, commercials and educational programs with celebrities including Betty White, Nell Carter, Dom DeLuise, Aaron Neville, Tippi Hedren and Sid Caesar for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations. As executive board member of Women In Film in L.A., Watt chaired and produced the Academy Awards© Viewing Party four consecutive years, which became
an annual Hollywood event with over 1,000 in attendance, including the Oscar© nominees and winners. Watt is currently in post production with her children’s series for public television and is a contributing editor for Broadwayworld. As an actor, Watt has appeared in movies, television theatre and national commercials.
In New York, at 15 years of age, Watt received a scholarship to The New York Academy of Theatrical Arts in Manhattan. She then attended the Stella Adler Conservatory, American Theatre of Actors (ATA) with James Jennings and studied voice at Herbert Bergdorf (HB) Studios and with speech pathologist Gertrude Orion Ph. D., Watt attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Nassau Community College majoring in theatre while appearing in commercials, daytime television, film, theatre and producing her first documentary for national PBS.
In Los Angeles, Watt studied extensively with Milton Katselas (director, Butterflies are Free, for film and Broadway, protégé of Elia Kazan). While in his class, she also had the privilege of taking classes with Jeffery Tambor, Joe Santos and Richard Larson and studied voice with Bob Corff. She took Comedy Improvisation at the Skylight Theater and Standup Comedy classes with Greg Dean. She later studied “Method” acting with Lorrie Hull, Ph.D. (master teacher for Lee Strasberg).