Lisa Ann Beley obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of British Columbia. As an actor, she worked in theatre, film and television, and established herself as one of Vancouver’s top voice-over talents. She can be heard in numerous animation series and features including, Iron Man, Transformers, He-man and the Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, Slugterra, X-men, Planet Hulk, Baby Bratz, Death Note and Black Lagoon. She obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from York University, and also received a Graduate Studies Diploma in Voice under the direction of David Smukler. She spent 18 years at Simon Fraser University where she developed and integrated the voice curriculum for the BFA acting program. At her alma mater, the University of British Columbia, she created and taught a professional workshop class in voice-overs for the graduating BFA class.
She has also taught at Tooba Physical Theatre School, Vancouver Film School, York University and numerous workshops for private and public organizations. Much in demand as a dialect coach in feature films and television she has worked with notable actors such as Paul Bettany, Freddie Highmore, Sam Neill, Daniel Radcliffe and Christina Hendricks.
With Canada’s National Voice Intensive Lisa directed ‘The Bay at Nice’ by David Hare and ‘Agamemnon’ by Aeschylus. These workshop productions were integral to the development of the 3 week program the Voice Intensive now offers every spring.
Lisa’s commitment to the holistic discipline of the actor is firmly based in her practice with colleague and mentor Judith Koltai. Lisa is a member of The Professional Guild and Masterclass of Embodied Practice.
Lisa’s years with the Voice Intensive and her study and research with all her colleagues has lead her to a new opportunity in Washington DC. She has recently become the head of voice and text with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. She is thrilled to be coaching shows and also teaching at the company’s Academy for Classical Acting. A unique one year MFA acting program offered in conjunction with George Washington University.
Lisa brings over 25 years experience as an actor, teacher, coach and director to her work and practice. She is continually inspired by each new person who comes to her for a class, a private session, a dialect coaching. Their desire deepens her passion to sharpen the practice and art of the actor, the singer, the speaker, the individual. Lisa is committed to learning. She knows to be the best teacher she can be, she must also be the student. “With each breath, with each moment, staying open and receptive to all the possibilities”.