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FACULTY POSITIONS

The Norwegian Actors College (Norsk Skuespillerinstitutt Høyskole)
Oslo, Norway
Associate Professor of Theater (Førstestillingslektor Skuespillerfag)

  • Member of the Acting and Directing Faculty (2015-present)
  • Member of the Foreign Visiting Faculty (2012-2015)
  • Developed and teach new courses (conducted as 2 to 5 week full-day intensives):
    • Script Analysis for Actors
    • Advanced Script Analysis for Actors
    • Developing a Director's Vision
    • Career Preparation for Actors
    • Working on New Plays for Actors
    • History of Method Acting
  • Director of student productions at all levels (performed in Norwegian)
  • Participated in program planning and faculty recruitment for new directing, musical theater, and writing programs
  • Initiated and supervised an annual five-week new play development residency for second year actors and directors with The CRY HAVOC Company, culminating in an English-language production in New York City
  • Certified Førstestillingslektor Skuespillerfag by Norwegian Ministry of Education

New School University College of Performing Arts, School of Drama
New York City, NY

Part-Time Faculty in Theater

  • Member of the Theater Faculty (2016-present)
  • Designed and teach new courses:
    • Directed Research: Projects – a year-long course overseeing senior playwriting, directing, design, and dramaturgy students as they develop, prepare, and present their BFA thesis projects (plays, films, exhibits, and research presentations)
    • Portfolio 7 & 8 – a year-long comprehensive professional development course for seniors preparing to graduate from the BFA program (as Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company – Artists in Residence at The New School for Drama – 2016-2019)
  • Re-tooled and teach the course:
    • Creative Café - a semester-long by-invitation course in which BFA students plan and produce theatrical productions under the supervision of faculty and an MFA student mentor
  • Producing Artistic Director of the spring semester Senior Project Festival
  • Workshops with MFA directing, playwriting, and acting students

 

GUEST LECTURER

Pennsylvania State University Department of Theater Arts
“Behind The Curtain” Theater Conference

  • Instructor of “Directing for Television” workshop
  • Panelist in “Careers in Arts Administration” session
  • Panelist in “Tomorrow is a Day Away” (actor career preparation) session
  • Panelist in “Directing for the Stage” session
  • Panelist in “Unexpected Career Trajectories” session
  • Panelist in “What I Really Want to Do is Direct” (director career preparation) session
  • Panelist in “From Page to Stage” (playwriting) session

Pace University - Actors Studio Drama School (Master of Fine Arts Program)

  • Guest Lecturer - "Stage Director's Craft and Career" (Professional Symposium Series) (2017)
  • Guest Lecturer - "In Rehearsal and On Set" (Professional Symposium Series) (2017)
  • Guest Lecturer (Creative Collaboration course) (2012-present)

Bucknell University

  • Visiting Playwright/Panel Discussant – Sexual Assault Awareness Program based on the play realer than that by Kitt Lavoie, sponsored by Bucknell’s Women's Resource Center, VDay Bucknell, SpeakUP Bucknell Peer Education, and the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council. (2012-2015)
  • Leader of Seminar on “Starting Your Acting Career” (2013)
  • Guest Lecturer (Acting II course) (2012)

Fordham University

  • Thesis Mentor (The Frog Prince by David Mamet, directed by Sydney Painter) – Fordham Theater Department Directing Program (2010)
  • Guest Director/Thesis Mentor (The Gin Dialogues by Kit Williamson) – Fordham Theater Department Playwriting Program (2009)
  • Guest Director (Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare) – Mimes & Mummers Theater (non-theater-major mainstage company) (2001)    

Lehman College of CUNY

  • Guest Lecturer (Acting I course) (2015)

University of Buffalo Coast to Coast – Alumni Association Performing Arts Conference

  • Workshop Leader – “Acting in Musicals” (2010)
  • Playwriting, Directing, and Arts Management Mentor (2010)

University of Georgia Theater Department

  • Guest Lecturer (“Starting Your Theater Career”) (2011)

 

NON-UNIVERSITY TEACHING

Dramadrivhuset Theater, Oslo, Norway

  • Instructor of three-week course on “Director as Storyteller” (2016)
  • Instructor of three-week course on “Goal-Oriented Rehearsing” (2015)
  • Instructor of three-week course on “Storytelling Through Staging” (2015)
  • Instructor of two-week course on “Audition Preparation and Developing a Audition Philosophy” (2015)
  • Instructor of three-week course on “Preparing to Write Your Play” (2015)
  • Instructor of three day scene-study workshop “Goal-Oriented Rehearsing” (2015)
  • Instructor of six-week course on “Directing the Method Actor” (2013)
  • Leader of seminar on “New Play Dramaturgy and Writing Your First Play” (2013)
  • Leader of Seminar on “Starting Your Acting Career” (2013)
  • Leader of week-long master class on “Character Deep Background and Goal-Oriented Rehearsing” (2012)
  • Directed acting students in three Norwegian-language plays (2012)

92nd Street Y

  • Instructor – “On Playing the Villain” (8-week acting course) (2016)

Columbia Preparatory School

  • Guest Lecturer (Dramatic Writing Seminar)  (2015)

PBS/Live from Lincoln Center

  • “Filming Live Theatrical Events” workshop for Assistant Directors and Production Assistants on Sweeney Todd at the New York Philharmonic (2013)

Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden, CT)

  • Workshop Leader – “Acting in Musicals” (2010)

Shirin Tinati Photography

  • Regular Career Seminar Panelist (2008-2010)

The Rising Sun Performance Company

  • Director of Actor Training/Instructor of Weekly Scene Study Class (2007-2009)
  • Workshop Leader (Acting Workshop – “On Playing the Villain”) (2008)

Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts

  • Guest Lecturer (Acting Workshop – “On Playing the Villain”) (2006)     


THE CRY HAVOC COMPANY

Kitt developed and oversees an extensive network of early-career and professional training programs in acting, writing, directing, career-development, and new play development. Click here for details.

For more information on private, one-on-one acting and career coaching sessions, email coaching@kittlavoie.com.


PODCAST

Kitt is the Executive Producer and Host of the popular CRY HAVOC Podcast – a roundtable discussion between members of the Resident Company about the craft of acting, writing, and directing, and the realities of being a working artist in New York City.

Download episodes here, or subscribe for free on iTunes.

 

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