B.A. The California State University at Northridge
MFA The National Theatre Conservatory
At the National Theatre Conservatory, Lou Anne was trained in acting by RSC alum Tony Church and in voice and speech by Gary Logan. In addition, Lou Anne studied with internationally acclaimed voice and speech teachers Catherine Fitzmaurice and Dudley Knight and is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher.
Lou Anne is a contributing editor to the International Dialects of English Archive and has served as voice/speech/dialect coach for several theatre companies, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Playmakers Repertory, and the Sierra Repertory Company. In addition she has voice/speech/dialect coached for many prominent directors including Broadway director Scott Schwartz, political activist Cynthia Croot and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Artistic Director Philip Sneed. She has taught classes and workshops and coached at various theatres across the world, including in Shanghai, London, Los Angeles, and Birmingham (UK).
Some of her acting credits include Boo in The Last Night Of Ballyhoo at the Fox Theatre in Denver, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at the Bolder Repertory Company, and Judy Shepard in the HBO film The Laramie Project.
She is the co-author of the books Playwriting: From Formula To Form (Harcourt Brace), and The Art of Theatre (Wadsworth), a popular Introduction to Theatre book that is now in its 3rd edition and is used at over 100 universities nationwide.
In Hollywood she was nominated for the Directors Guild of America's Lillian Gish Award for her film adaptation of Eudora Welty's The Hitch-hikers, which starred Patty Duke and Richard Hatch.
Lou Anne co-wrote the play Kabuki Medea, which was produced at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, the Durban Performing Arts Center in South Africa, the University of South Dakota, Memphis State University, The University of Illinois, The International Theatre Festival in Israel, The Berkeley Rep, and The Hanna Theatre in Cleveland. Kabuki Medea won the Bay Area Critics Award for Best Production in San Francisco. She also co-wrote the play Kabuki Faust, which was produced at the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago.
Lou Anne has won several teaching and research awards including the Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching award. At the University of Wyoming, she teaches acting, voice, speech, and dialects.