CHARLOTTE ACTING: LINDA ANN WATT
Highly regarded acting instructor Linda Ann Watt currently teaches two classes at Spirit Square: "Master Class Acting & Scene Study" for those wanting to learn the craft of acting and "Workshop Advanced" for working actors, directors and writers.
Watt is a member of Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and past member of Actors Equity Association (AEA). She owns Corlin Productions, a union signatory 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. She also worked with Martin Landau and Shelley Winters, as producer of the educational DVD, "Method Acting with Stanislavski and Strasberg" (this educational teaching tool was the only material approved by legendary acting instructor, Lee Strasberg). As an executive board member of Women In Film in Los Angeles, Watt chaired and produced the largest Academy Awards© Viewing Party four consecutive years, which became an annual Hollywood event with over 1,000 attending including the Oscar© nominees and winners. Watt is also chief contributing editor for Broadwayworld. As an actor, Watt has appeared in movies, television, theatre and many national commercials.
In 2011, Watt was invited to teach in Charlotte through the
educational department of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and through her not-for-profit organization, Learn with Laughter, Watt was the recipient of a Grass Roots Arts Project (GAP) Grant 2008-2013, awarded through the Union County Community Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council teaching acting and Filmmaking to youth. In 2015, Watt was nominated for a Tony© Award for Excellence in Theatre Education.
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. It was during this time, Watt produced her first documentary for national PBS. She also gained invaluable experience working as a reader for ABC Television in New York.
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).