Marcia Bennett

2016 begins Marcia’s 3rd year of association with LB Acting Studio as a coach and acting instructor.  She’s acted professionally for 44 years, with memberships in ACTRA, SAG-AFTRA, CAEA and AEA.  While at university in Indiana Marcia taught theatre to young actors and directed one full length play per year for Evansville youth audiences; shortly after graduation from a Masters program at U. of MO. she spent a summer directing plays for young audiences at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. while also acting on the main stage for the 1972 season.   For 17 years Marcia has been coaching actors for auditions (monologues and scripted) for film and theatre.  She was previously associated with John Boylan at Centre for the Arts, and with Armstrong Acting Studios.

Marcia’s ability to work well with actors as young as 6 and up to 60 stems from her own life experience, having begun acting at the age of 9.   Her training, love of language, innate curiosity and appreciation of the writer’s intention ensure that no actor leaves a session confused about the script.  Her style of teaching is passionate, fun and caring.  Marcia has a proven ability to help actors dig deep for truths and bring their own personal stamp of creativity and authenticity to auditions and performances.  She’s worked as a dramaturge for playwrights and been an advisor to screenwriters.

She served as on-set coach for Radio Free Roscoe, The Zack Files, Red Sneakers, Snow, Kit Kittredge: American Girl, and My Louisiana Sky (coaching Kelsey Keel who won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actress).  On stage, Marcia has appeared in leading roles across Canada.  Her performance as “Julia”, the title role in Madre (Aluna Theatre at Theatre Passe Muraille) earned her a 2008 Dora Nomination.  Marcia’s film and television work is extensive, having acted in over 120 film and TV productions.

She is well known for her role as ‘May Silverstone’ in the first season of the award winning Slings and Arrows. Most recently she starred in the Canadian film The Addition with Nicholas Campbell.   She will also be seen in the Canadian Indie thriller Cardinal starring Noah Reid and Sheila McCarthy, as well as the upcoming musical, Country Crush starring Madeline Merlo, 2015 winner of the CCMA Rising Star Award and Munro Chambers of Degrassi fame.  Marcia takes great pleasure in working with actors, helping them to succeed by merging their instinctive abilities with informed choice.

 

Private Coaching:  Marcia is available for private coaching as well as private coach & tape sessions. Please contact the LB Acting Studio at info@lbactingstudio.com or 647 221 4387 for Rates & Bookings.

Testimonials:

“Makenna really enjoyed the classes and learned so much.  The connection with Marcia was wonderful.  Marcia was a very patient and kind instructor, who gave Makenna wonderful instruction.  She taught Makenna how to really feel a scene as opposed to just reading it.”  -Michelle Beatty

“Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed the acting classes.  We are thrilled with how much she learned in 6 sessions.  She looked forward to going to class every week.  Marcia was a fabulous teacher!” -Lisa & Sender Tator

Marcia Bennett
  • Thank you so much for this wonderful session!  Emilia loved, loved the acting class and ability to express herself as an actress!  I think she did amazing job and we are so grateful to have a such a wonderful teacher as Marcia to help us grow and give […]

    Emila Kalinowski

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    Marie Ward

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  • Working with Dialects was excellent. I learned a lot! And not just about dialects, but also about breathing, speech and resonance. Joy is just fabulous! Funny, engaging and extremely knowledgeable.

    Sandra Flores

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  • Lewis was my first coach whom I approached when I wanted to start acting. I’m happy to say that after 3 years of working with him, he’s built my confidence and given me the knowledge I need to succeed in this industry. One thing […]

    Albert Lapi

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  • As an old theatre actor finding my way into the wonderful world of television/film/commercials, LB Acting Studio has been perfect for my needs. I have already been able to apply what I’ve learned in class, from the Intro to LB Acting Studio, and most […]

    Wyatt Lamoureux

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  • “I have been taking classes at LB Acting Studio for about almost 2 years now. During this time, I have learned and improved so much when I’m auditioning for casting directors. Lewis doesn’t just teach you how to act, he incorporates breathing, staying true […]

    Yun Liu

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  • “Lewis keeps things simple and workable. Everything he uses is based on what we naturally think and do. I don’t worry about being “wrong” or “right” for a role anymore, I just am. He gave me the confidence to do what I always innately […]

    Georgina Reilly

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  • “Lewis Baumander is my go to acting coach, life teacher and friend. The skills he provides for his students are timeless and can be applied to all mediums of film, television and performance. He has expanded my thinking as an actor from eliminating the […]

    Shamier Anderson

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  • “We have watched Lewis coach and teach for many years now. He is a consummate professional and seems to make the actors feel at ease as they hone their craft. What is uniquely great about Lewis’ approach is that he helps the actor find […]

    Jenny Lewis & Sara Kay

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  • “Actors enjoy rigorous workouts: stretching and reaching new heights with Lewis. Function, form, and facts are more than baseline with him. They are the foundation he lays for actors to succeed. Lewis Baumander’s diagnostic and practical approach to training actors is pivotal to the […]

    Norbert Abrams

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