LISA PESCIA is a Los Angeles based actress, producer, director and teacher. Her training has been primarily with the late film and theater director, Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for the last 28 years. She also studied with Mark Travis ( “The Director’s Journey”) and co-taught a class for film directors with him at UCLA and AFI. She taught international actors for several years at TVI in Los Angeles, but then moved on to bringing her Acting Intensive to Europe: ECIB in Barcelona, The Actors Centre in London, Point in Berlin, BAW in Paris, HollywoodInRome and AED Studios in Antwerp. Besides acting in and directing numerous LA theater productions, Lisa co-founded the Beverly Hills Playhouse Production Company where she developed and produced over 100 original scripts with an emphasis on one person shows and one act festivals. She currently is an independent producer and an acting coach to international and local LA students while continuing to remain active in her stage, TV and film career.
Television guest stars include: THE MENTALIST, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, PARENTHOOD, WITHOUT A TRACE, CRIMINAL MINDS, COLD CASE, SEEK & DESTROY (Showtime pilot with comedian Neal Brennan) and a recurring role on SEINFELD. Roger Corman gave Lisa her first break by casting her as the star of a Fatal Attraction-type thriller franchise in the early 90’s. In 2009 she played the mother of a serial killer (Mark Pellegrino) in the horror film, 2:13, which was shot by SAW cinematographer, David A. Armstrong. Most recent film work includes: THE M WORD directed by Henry Jaglom, starring Frances Fisher and Michael Imperioli, STEALING ROSES starring John Heard and Cindy Williams and the indie festival film, LAST RIDE ON THE MIDWEST PACIFIC. Lisa also recently wrote, directed, produced and acted in her first short, the award winning festival comedy WEDDING JIMMY. In May 2017 Lisa starred in the Equity production of the prize winning play about race, “CITIZEN:AN AMERICAN LYRIC” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and currently is getting a special revival run April 2018 in Grand Park downtown LA.
Check out Lisa's demo reel at http://lisapescia.com/reel.html
It is my pleasure to recommend Lisa Pescia to your program. I have known Lisa and worked with her for many years....she is stellar as a person, a teacher, and an actress--Lisa will be a great teacher for you--she has a broad range and high impact with her students. I trust her with my personal and professional life. You are in good hands--she is expert. - Jeffrey Tambor ( “Transparent”, “Arrested Development”)
Lisa is a passionate force of nature. Having worked professionally for 25 years, Lisa is an experienced and truly gifted actress. She always brings truth and her own unique voice to her acting work and her teaching. She deeply cares about the art of acting and brings that passion with clarity and exceptional technique to her students. Anyone who has the opportunity to study with this veteran actress and teacher should jump at the chance. She has enriched my life and work for my entire career. – Dendrie Taylor ( “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Fighter”)
Lisa Pescia is one of the most detailed and thorough actors with whom I have ever worked. She builds a character in very specific ways, every detail is important to her. Her work ethic is superb, she has a great sense of humor and did I mention? She’s very talented! - Beth Grant (“The Mindy Project”)
During my time in LA I was privileged enough to have LISA PESCIA teach me! One of the best teachers I have ever had, FULL of experienced advice, a caring approach and more importantly FUN! Leaving her class made me feel like I just ran a marathon, she will take you on a journey like no other ..AND SHE IS COMING TO THE UK!!!! ACTING AT ITS BEST. A MUST ATTEND WORKSHOP – Nina Mashhouri (London based teacher/actor)
Lisa is a marvel at what she does and what she doesn't know about the business in L.A., Neil Armstrong wouldn't know about the moon. I found it to be a great insight into the business and she really opens your mind up to auditioning processes. When working in scenes with Lisa she really gives you another approach and another way of thinking that you would never have thought imagined in playing with any kind of scene. She is a world of knowledge and her workshops are great fun and she is a ball of laughs to work with. If she is in town again, hit her up. Lisa' s class is worth every minute. – Lorcan O’Neill (Berlin actor/dancer)