Rasa Allan Kazlas

“When teaching Acting 1, I find that improvisation and theater games are the best tool to approach and prepare for the demands of acting in general and scene study in particular. And it’s fun! Acting Improvisation class:  you and your partner are given a synopsis (circumstances) of a play or film, you make your acting choices, add your own dialogue, and you are creating a scene. Voila!”

Currently performing SAND & SILENCE, a solo show about her theatre experiences in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, and developing A CHILD IS IN THE HOUSE for production with playwright Scott Klavin. Appointed Artistic Director with the HB Ensemble for the year 2011, and directed two productions: RICKHARDT and Brecht’s MR. PUNTILA AND HIS MAN MATTI. Other plays directed at HB Playwrights Foundation: VALPARAISO, FREUD’S LAST SESSION with Fritz Weaver and Matthew Conlon, CAGED VISIONS, based on prison poetry. Currently working as director and actor with playwrights to develop new works through staged readings and workshops. Performance Labs include Commedia dell’Arte’s THE THREE CUCKOLDS, works by Shepard, Brecht, Pinter, Mrozek, and Jarry. As a member of the Emerging Artists Theater, directed numerous workshops and short plays. Former member of the New York Theater Workshop’s Usual Suspects, and the Women’s Project Directors Circle. Worked with the following theater companies: EAT, Abingdon, Rattlestick, CAP 21, Wings, Vital, and the Independent. Directed a broad range of plays from Mrozek’s TANGO to a musical version of Sheridan’s THE RIVALS. Directed works in Bosnia and Lithuania. Some acting credits include the role of Claire Zachanassian in THE VISIT, directed by Amy Wright, and Renevskaya in THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Toby in GINGERBREAD LADY, Isabella in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Helen in TROJAN WOMEN. Acting tours include Europe, most Middle East countries, Israel and North Africa. Appeared in concert at Lincoln Center with Lena Horne and the Boston Pops at Carnegie Hall. Co-founder of the Morse Mime Theater with Richard Morse. Studied with Uta Hagen, Warren Robertson, Larry Moss, and Richard Morse. BA in Theater from Smith College.