Laurence Ballard

Laurence Ballard

Laurence Ballard

First year at SCAD:

"By properly funneling imaginative vigor, it is possible to create a more powerful presence and state of concentration onstage. Once freed from the constraints of self-limitations, a stage actor can truly take us anywhere and on any journey because imaginary forces work. As an actor I seek to unfetter this fancy because a talented performer is limited solely by his or her imagination. As an instructor, I endeavor to show my students how to accomplish the same: to stretch, pull and test limits. This is and remains my primary charge. Nowhere is it more appropriate for young actors to be so rigorously challenged than within the halls of a college of art and design. The vagaries of the 'outside' will all come soon enough. The best way to prepare student actors for that future reality is by recognizing, developing and liberating the unique artist dwelling inside. Beyond releasing their imaginations and developing their singular talents, I also want to help create within my students the beginnings of a true, mindful, future professional. Respect for acting has as much to do with pragmatic business matters as it does with philosophy, artistry and the depths of the soul."


Fox Foundation Fellowship; numerous American and/or West Coast premieres of American plays by contemporary playwrights; scripts written expressly for me, or dedicated in my name; top 15 percent workweeks for professional (union) actors nationally

Awards, recognition and honors

Fox Fellow; Footlight Seattle Critics Award; ArtsFund Seattle Special Recognition; Garland Award; USA Today Top 10 National Performances; Arizona Critics Award; Dewar's Profiles National Performance Arts Award; Bay Area Critics Award; Dramalogue Award


Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Southeastern Theatre Conference

Previous Positions

More than 175 productions in theaters across the United States; International Theatre Festival, Toga-Mura, ACM Theatre, Mito City, Mitsui International Performing Arts Festival, Japan; children's film in Georgia, (former U.S.S.R.); adjunct assistant professor, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington; master class, Northwest Actors Studio, Seattle, Washington; owner/teacher, Imaginary Forces Work; production director, ACT, Seattle, Washington; production director, Washington State Cultural Enrichment Program

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Courses Taught

  • DWRI 775 Dramaturgy
  • MPRA 226 Stagecraft Vocabularies of Live Performance
  • MPRA 230 Professional Studies in Media Relations
  • MPRA 300 Theory and Acting for the Classics
  • MPRA 340 Scene Study
  • MPRA 375 Directing
  • MPRA 400 Audition Techniques and Materials
  • MPRA 495 Performing Arts Senior Project
  • MPRA 707 Principles of Performance
  • MPRA 717 Verse and Classical Text: Studies and Application
  • MPRA 728 Script Analysis
  • MPRA 753 Actor/Director Laboratory
  • MPRA 770 Media and Promotion: Practical Studies