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UNIVERSITY TEACHING

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 taught new courses (conducted as 2 to 5 week full-day intensives):
    • Script Analysis for Actors
    • Directing Actors
    • Career Preparation for Actors
    • History of Method Acting
  • Director of student productions at all levels (performed in Norwegian)
  • Certified Førstestillingslektor Skuespillerfag by Norwegian Ministry of Education

New School for Drama, New York City, NY
Part-Time Faculty in Theater

  • Member of the Theater Faculty (2016-present)
  • Developed and taught 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)
  • Faculty Advisor of Creative Café program, through which BFA students propose and produce student-directed productions
  • New School for Drama Faculty Representative on New School College of Performing Arts Industry Panel
  • Workshop for MFA directing students on working responsibly with sexual content and nudity in rehearsal
  • Workshop for MFA students on “Founding a Theater Company That Will Last” (2011-2015)

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

Actors Studio Drama School (Master of Fine Arts Program)

  • Guest Lecturer (Creative Collaboration course) (2012-2016)

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

Developed and oversee an extensive network of early-career and professional training programs in acting, writing, directing, career-development, and new play development (see below for details)

Kitt regularly teaches private acting and playwriting classes through The CRY HAVOC Company. For information on joining a future session, email classes@kittlavoie.com.

THE PERFORMANCE ONLY YOU CAN GIVE
Starting Your Acting Career in New York

"The Performance Only You Can Give was the most helpful, insightful and creatively liberating class I have taken in years. I highly recommend it!"
Elizabeth June

The Performance Only You Can Give I

Actors build their careers on what makes them unique. This course in scene study focuses on freeing the actor from their expectations of what a scene is “supposed to be” and on giving them the tools to unleash the impulses and triggers that make them different from every other actor.

The Performance Only You Can Give II

Building on the skills taught in The Performance Only You Can Give I, this course in scene study focuses on developing techniques for taking the constellation of emotional and intellectual triggers that are unique to a given actor and applying them to a specific role to create a dynamic and unexpected performance that respects, supports – and elevates – the play as written.

"The best part about this class was the high level of attention that was paid to each participant. Everyone got one-on-one coaching – it was fantastic! "
Carolyn Sharpie
"Unlike many other scene study classes, I didn't just learn how to do a particular scene with a particular actor in a particular setting. I learned a new technique for approaching scenes and learned to refine that technique in order to use it when working on other scenes and plays in my career."
Mélisa Breiner-Sanders


“The improvisational work that Kitt encourages and leads his actors through is fascinating. I have uncovefed more about my characters in this work with Kitt than in any other improvisational work in shows, in classrooms, onstage, or anywhere else!”
Aubyn Philabaum
“Kitt revolutionized the way I think about acting!”
Jane Pfitsch


“I proudly recommend Kitt to any theatrical artists who want to hone and enrich their craft.”
Charlotte Wyatt


STARTING YOUR ACTING CAREER IN NEW YORK
Starting Your Acting Career in New York
Based on CRY HAVOC’s acclaimed early-career workshop, Starting Your Acting Career in New York provides students with an in-depth tour through all aspects of the realities of beginning a career in the theater industry – and individualized guidance from professional, award-winning actors and directors on the best strategies to approach your personal career.

Topics covered include:

  • Acting Unions
  • Agents/Managers
  • Headshots and Resumes
  • Monologue and Side Preparation
  • Artist Resources in New York City
  • Making Your “Day Job” Work for You
  • Producing Your Own Work
  • Identifying and Utilizing your Type
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Audition Strategy
  • Developing a Plan for your Career and Strategies for Long-Term Success

BUILDING YOUR MONOLOGUE ARSENAL
Building Your Monologue Arsenal

It is not enough to pick a good monologue – you have to pick a monologue that shows how good you are. This practical workshop helps actors identify and articulate their product – and then arms them with a personalized slate of monologues that shows off what they do best.

 

 

 

 

 

 


PLAYWRITING CLASSES – PREPARING TO WRITE YOUR FIRST PLAY & FINISHING YOUR PLAY
Writing Your First Play
Preparing to Write Your First Play

Many actors, directors, and non-dramatic writers walk around with a great idea for a play rattling around in their head – but they don’t know where to start. This course teaches the fundamentals of dramatic structure, character development, and the process of writing a play – and gives new playwrights the confidence in their skills and dramatic voice required to set to work on that first play.

Finishing Your Play

Many great ideas turn into half-finished scripts idling somewhere on a writer's computer. This course provides the structure, inspiration, and expert dramaturgical guidance needed to turn that great beginning into a finished, rehearsal-ready script.

 

EARLY CAREER SEMINARS

Kitt has developed and moderates a series of FREE seminars for early career actors, writers, and directors offered through The CRY HAVOC Company.  To sign up to receive information about upcoming sessions, visit www.cryhavoccompany.org/earlycareerseminars.

STARTING YOUR CAREER IN NEW YORK: A CANDID DISCUSSION WITH WORKING ACTORS, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS
Topics discussed include:
  • Auditioning
  • Unions
  • Agents/Managers
  • Casting Directors
  • Identifying and Utilizing Your Type
  • Headshots and Resumes
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Websites and Social Media
  • Developing Professional Relationships
  • Producing Your Own Work
  • Making Your “Day Job” Work for You
  • Artist Resources in New York City
  • Developing a Long-Term Vision for Your Career

"Totally Inspiring!"
Tatiana Rubas – Actor

"I found the seminar incredibly helpful and inspiring. It was refreshing to hear an honest and realistic perspective on the career path from those in the thick of it."
K.L. Cullom – Director

Starting Your Career in New York features a practical discussion with CRY HAVOC's working artists, sharing advice they wish they had heard at the outset of their New York careers – and the advice they did get and wish they had listened to.

Panelists include actors who have worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, and in major films, as well as award-winning playwrights and directors.

This seminar is ideal for recent graduates, artists who have been in New York City for a few years, and college students who are considering a New York career.

 


AUDITIONING: DEVELOPING A TECHNIQUE AND PHILOSOPHY FOR SUCCESS AND SANITY
Topics discussed include:
  • Identifying and Making the Most of Your Type
  • Selecting and Preparing Monologues
  • Preparing Sides
  • Taking Adjustments
  • Effective Headshots & Resumes
  • Embracing Auditions as a Part of Your
    Artistic and Professional Life

"This workshop was inspirational! I left feeling there is no need to be afraid of the people on the other side of that long scary table. Plus, it gave me a new and helpful way to think about my career."
Treasure Davidson – Actress

Auditioning features practical work and candid discussion with working actors and directors from The CRY HAVOC Company.

 

 


DECIDING TO STUDY THEATER AS AN UNDERGRADUATE: A DISCUSSION WITH WORKING THEATER ARTISTS
Topics discussed include:
  • Deciding Whether to Study Theater as an Undergraduate
  • Types of Training Programs
  • Selecting a Program
  • Making the Most of a Theater (or Non-Theater) Education
  • Impact of Training on Post-College Career

"This was a very informative and enlightening session that will help us immensely in further planning for our daughter's higher education."
Lynne and Dominick DeGregorio – Parents

Deciding to Study Theater as an Undergraduate is a seminar for high school students who are considering studying theater in college and their parents featuring candid discussion with working actors, playwrights, and directors from The CRY HAVOC Company who come from a variety of training backgrounds.

 

ACTING AND CAREER COACHING

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

 

SCRIPT CONSULTATION

For information on private script consultation sessions, email scriptconsultation@kittlavoie.com.

 

UNIVERSITY TEACHING

The Norwegian Actors Institute, Oslo, Norway – Member of the Acting Faculty
Certified Førstestillingslektor Skuespillerfag (Assistant Professor of Theater) by the Norwegian government.

Fordham University

  • Thesis Mentor – Fordham Theater Department Directing Program
  • Guest Director/Thesis Mentor– Fordham Theater Department Playwriting Program
  • Guest Director (Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare) – Mimes & Mummers Theater (non-theater-major mainstage company) 

Bucknell University

  • Leader of Seminar on “Starting Your Acting Career” (2013)
  • Guest Lecturer (Acting II course) (2012)
  • 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, 2013)

Actors Studio Drama School (Master of Fine Arts Program)

  • Guest Lecturer (Creative Collaboration course) (2012-15)

New School for Drama (Master of Fine Arts Program)

  • Guest Lecturer (“Founding a Theater Company That Will Last” Workshop) (2011-2013)

University of Georgia Theater Department

  • Guest Lecturer (“Starting Your Theater Career”)

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

  • Workshop Leader – “Acting in Musicals”
  • Playwriting, Directing, and Arts Management Mentor
Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts
  • Guest Lecturer (Acting Workshop – “On Playing the Villain”)      

 

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.

The CRY HAVOC Podcast

Download episodes here, or subscribe for free on iTunes.

Season 1
1-01 Elements of a Well Written Play
1-02 Character History
1-03 Improvisation as an Actors’ Tool
1-04 Rehearsal Etiquette
1-05 Working on the Road
1-06 Auditioning
1-07 Violence on Stage and in Rehearsal
1-08 Playwriting: Part I – Getting Ready to Write
1-09 Goal Setting as an Actors’ Tool
1-10 Creative Feedback: Putting it to Good Use
1-11 Playwriting: Part II – First Draft
1-12 Acting in Musicals
1-13 Playing the Villain

Season 2
2-01 Nudity and Sexuality in Rehearsal and Performance
2-02 Objectives and Obstacles
2-03 Monologues
2-04 Actor Type – Making the Most of Who You Are
2-05 HAVOC for the Holidays
2-06 Playwriting Series - Part III: Taking Feedback
2-07 Sensory Work
2-08 Being A Good Scene Partner
2-09 Filling in the Gaps: A Character's Life Between Scenes
2-10 All the King's Men: The Value of Regular Collaborators
2-11 When Mistakes Happen
2-12 Playwriting: Part IV – Rewriting
2-13 Coming to the Table: How We Got Here

Season 3
3-01 HAVOC for the Holidays 2010
3-02 Expectation, Freedom, and Getting Out of Your Own Way
3-03 The Gene Lasko Notebook
3-04 Actors who Write/Writers who Direct: Working Across Disciplines
3-05 Headshots & Resumes, Part I - Headshots
3-06 Headshots & Resumes, Part II - Resumes
3-07 Directing Actors
3-08 Early Career Seminar: A Post-Game Discussion
3-09 Stakes
3-10 (Humane) Audience Participation
3-11 Producing Your Own Work, Part 1
3-12 Producing Your Own Work, Part 2
3-13 On Being A Theater Student
SPECIAL EPISODE - The CRY HAVOC Workshop: 10 Years
SPECIAL EPISODE - HAVOC for the Holidays 2011

Season 4
4-01 Creating A Safe Room
4-02 Playwriting Series - Part V: The Playwright in Rehearsal
4-03 Cold Reading
4-04 Playing Comedy
4-05 Stages of Rehearsal - Part I: Early Rehearsals and Tablework
4-06 Stages of Rehearsal - Part II: Exploration
4-07 Navigating Challenging Collaborations
4-08 Acting for Stage vs. Film
4-09 Stages of Rehearsal - Part III: Staging
4-10 Actors and Body Image
4-11 Stages of Rehearsal - Part IV: Run/Work Rehearsals
4-12 Stages of Rehearsal - Part V: Technical Rehearsals and Previews
4-13 15th Anniversary Worldwide Theater Festival
SPECIAL EPISODE - HAVOC for the Holidays 2012

Season 5
SPECIAL EPISODE - HAVOC for the Holidays 2013
5-01 Developing New Plays: An Interview with Artistic Director Kitt Lavoie
5-02 Theater and Film Unions
5-03 Storytelling Moments - Part I: Beginnings
5-04 realer than that: Post-Game Discussion
5-05 Acting in Commercials
5-06 Storytelling Moments - Part II: Endings
5-07 The Performance Only You Can Give - Part I
5-08 The Performance Only You Can Give - Part II
5-09 The Performance Only You Can Give - Part III
5-10 Storytelling Moments - Part III: Transitions
5-11 Storytelling Moments - Part IV: Character Introductions
5-12 Deciding Whether to Pursue a Theater Degree
5-13 Working In A Festival Setting
SPECIAL EPISODE - Inside the 2014 Very Short Holiday Plays - Part I
SPECIAL EPISODE - Inside the 2014 Very Short Holiday Plays - Part II
SPECIAL EPISODE - Inside the 2014 Very Short Holiday Plays - Part III
SPECIAL EPISODE - HAVOC for the Holidays 2014
SPECIAL EPISODE - Lincoln Center Originals: The CRY HAVOC Company

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