CHARLOTTE ACTING: LINDA ANN WATT
Highly regarded instructor, Linda Ann Watt, currently teaches classes in Charlotte at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and in Atlanta at Mark SQuared Studios: "Master Class Acting & Scene Study" for those wanting to learn the craft of acting and "Workshop Advanced for the Working Actor" for actors who are working professionally in the industry. Watt also teaches as a guest instructor at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory in Atlanta.
Watt is a member of Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and past member of Actors Equity Association (AEA). She is an MFA Candidate in Theatre Pedagogy and she was nominated for a Tony© Award for Excellence in Theatre Education in 2015. She owns Corlin Productions, a SAG-AFTRA signatory production house. Through Corlin Productions, Watt produced and directed film, television, documentaries, commercials and educational programs with celebrities including Betty White, Nell Carter, Dom DeLuise, Aaron Neville, Tippi Hedren and Sid Caesar for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations. She also worked with Martin Landau and Shelley Winters, as producer of the educational DVD, "Method Acting with Stanislavski and Strasberg" (this educational teaching tool was the only material approved by legendary acting instructor, Lee Strasberg). As an executive board member of Women In Film in Los Angeles, Watt chaired and produced the largest Academy Awards© Viewing Party four consecutive years, which became an annual Hollywood event with over 1,000 attending including the Oscar© nominees and winners. Watt is also chief contributing
editor for Broadwayworld. As an actor, Watt has appeared in movies, television, theatre and many national commercials.
As a producer, director and educator, Watt was invited in 2011 to teach in Charlotte through the educational department of
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and through her not-for-profit organization, Learn with Laughter, Watt was the recipient of a Grass Roots Arts Project (GAP) Grant from 2008-2013, awarded through the Union County Community Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council to teach acting and Filmmaking to youth.
In New York, at the age of 15, Watt received a scholarship to The New York Academy of Theatrical Arts in Manhattan. She then attended the Stella Adler Conservatory, American Theatre of Actors (ATA) with James Jennings and studied voice at Herbert Bergdorf (HB) Studios and with speech pathologist Gertrude Orion Ph. D., Watt attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Nassau Community College, majoring in theatre while appearing in commercials, daytime television, film and theatre. It was during this time, Watt produced her first documentary for national PBS. She also gained invaluable experience working as a reader for ABC Television in New York. Watt later graduated magna cum laude from UNC Charlotte, majoring in Theatre.
In Los Angeles, Watt studied extensively with Milton Katselas (director, Butterflies are Free, for film and Broadway, protégé of Elia Kazan). While in his class, she also had the privilege of taking classes with Jeffery Tambor, Joe Santos and Richard Larson and studied voice with Bob Corff. She took Comedy Improvisation at the Skylight Theater and Standup Comedy classes with Greg Dean. She later studied “Method” acting with Lorrie Hull, Ph.D. (master teacher for Lee Strasberg).