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Department of Theatre and Dance

Guest Artist Events, Fall 2016


Coco Kleppinger, Casting Director, Actor

OCTOBER 8, 2016
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Public Workshop, “How to Audition for Film”

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Crane Studio

Coco Kleppinger studied theatre at the University of Wyoming and UCLA, where she received her bachelor degree in acting for theatre, television and film (with honors). She went on to get her MFA at UCLA in theatre with a dual emphasis in acting and voice/speech/dialects. After acting and dialect coaching in LA for six years, she became a casting assistant and then associate for Rich Delia casting. She has helped cast 17 feature films. Casting credits include: Lights Out, Don't Breathe (both in theaters), Stephen King's It (2017), Fist Fight (Starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube), The Masterpiece (starring James Franco), and Tribes of Palos Verdes (starring Jennifer Garner). She coaches dialects privately and often teaches voice and speech at UCLA.

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Lisa Konoplisky, Actor, Playwright

OCTOBER 20, 2016
9:35-10:50 a.m., Public Workshop, "Meisner Work," Intermediate Acting Class

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Acting Studio

Lisa works as a playwright, director, and acting teacher. Her plays have been staged at the Lyceum Theatre (NY), Blue Box World (NY), Speaking Ring Theatre (Chicago), Camanea Theater (Chicago), The Stockyards Theatre Project (Chicago), The Circle Theatre (Chicago), Theatre Limina (Minneapolis), Mercury Theater (Madison, WI), Stage Q (Madison, WI), Icarus Falling (Lansing, MI) and at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. Lisa was also a resident playwright at Seattle’s Annex Theatre were her play, You’re Not From Here, Are You?, was performed. She was the winner of The Writing and Drinking Festival and her play performed by Chicago’s Neo-Futurists and The Factory Theatre. She was a guest artist for several years at both the Magnetic Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre in Madison, WI. As a director her credits include Rhinoceros, True West, Crimes of the Heart, Design for Living, Stop Kiss, Hamlet, Careless Love, The Vagina Monologues and Paradise Lost.

Lisa has also worked in film as an editor. She’s edited several documentaries, cut Daytime Emmy Reels for Days of Our Lives, and was assistant director of the Danish documentary Free The Mind, which Variety called “elegant” and “beautifully crafted.” Currently she is working on a documentary about Chinese Americans in the Mississippi Delta during the era of Jim Crow.

Lisa graduated from Lafayette College and holds a MFA in Writing from Columbia College, where she taught undergraduate writing for several years. A monologue from her novel-in- progress appears in the 2004 edition of New Monologues For Women by Women. She studied playwriting in NY with Dale Worsley of Mabou Mines, as well as voice with Jeffrey Jacobi and acting with Anthony Mannino. She trained in the visual arts at Cooper Union in NY and studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade in NY.

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2008-2009 Eminent Artist-in-Residence: Bill Bowers interview

Bill Bowers
Heyokah/Hokahey at the University of Wyoming

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