“Grounded in the work of my own great teacher, Uta Hagen, my approach is to enable actors to explore, thrive and take risks by teaching universal concepts and techniques of the craft of acting – including new and expanding concepts. In a safe classroom environment, my teaching is a nurturing of the unique and individual needs of each actor by insuring safety and trust in their growth process.”
Lorraine Serabian has had a long and varied career as a performer in non-musicals as well as musicals on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional and International Theatre, TV and Film. She studied extensively and exclusively with Uta Hagen as well as Herbert Berghof and holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Hofstra University where she was recently honored with the George M. Estabrooke Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts, accompanied by a citation from the Congress of the United States. She created the role of The Leader on Broadway in Hal Prince’s ZORBA!, for which she received a Tony Award nomination and the Outer Critics Circle Award. (Ms. Serabian received a Barrymore Award nomination for her performance in the revival.) She starred as Maria Callas in the tour of MASTER CLASS. Other Broadway credits: CABARET and THE FLOWERING PEACH (National Actors Theatre). She won the Helen Hayes Award for SHOW ME WHERE THE GOOD TIMES ARE and a nomination for LUCKY STIFF. For many years, Ms. Serabian divided her time between academia (Empire State College, SUNY) and her acting career. Sabbaticals took her to regional theatres across the United States and during that time she won critical raves for her performance as Mama Rose in GYPSY. Since leaving academia she has appeared in INTO THE WOODS and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Pioneer Theatre, SLC), ON THE TOWN (Arena Stage, DC), 42ND STREET (Berlin, Germany), RUMORS (Walnut Street Theatre, Pa.) GEORGE M (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), etc. Off-Broadway appearances include RUTHLESS, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, ELECTRA, THE TROJAN WOMEN, etc. New York workshops: KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN and THE RINK (Kander & Ebb). She created the role of LaStella in the PBS special A TALE OF CINDERELLA and starred in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF for the Austin Musical Theatre (winner of the Austin Critics Award). TV: LAW & ORDER/SVU, THE SOPRANOS, ALL MY CHILDREN. Ms. Serabian performed in The Town Hall’s BROADWAY ORIGINALS! Ms. Serabian has made guest appearances on the JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW and Amy Poehler’s DIFFICULT PEOPLE. Ms. Serabian directed the Kander and Ebb Musical 70, GIRLS, 70 at HB Studio and interviewed the composer John Kander for the HB Studio public talk series, People Who Make Theater. She directed MERCIFUL DELUSIONS, four one act plays by Tennessee Williams, off-broadway in Fall 2019.