I am proud to announce I am the new President of The Toronto Association of Acting Studios. We are the resource for people looking for reputable classes. For more info about what we do: http://www.torontoactingstudios.com
ACTING: I still consider performing my first love. I got the bug when I was 9 and I 've been acting ever since. Growing up, I did a slew of less than stellar performances in Commercials, TV, Films & Theatre. I was considered a “natural” performer, in the sense that I could memorize a script, and follow direction, but I didn’t really know what acting was all about. The majority of the work I’m most proud of, I did after training in New York. I really learned the craft and how much work it takes to be a GREAT actor. It requires a lot of commitment and I had spent time singing in bands and doing stand up which kept me from seriously focusing on acting. Now that I have the skills, the reality is, there are only so many roles I’m “right” for. This is one of the challenges an actor faces, but I take the opportunity to learn and grow in between jobs. I write my own plays, short films, web series and do as much theatre as I can to keep working my muscles.
TEACHING: I was fortunate enough to study with some of the best actors/teachers in the world while I was in New York. I was so inspired by everything I was taught, I felt compelled to share the wisdom. I had taken a lot of acting classes in Toronto, but the classes I responded to most were at Circle in the Square and HB Studio. Techniques include: Stanislavski, Strasberg, Linklater, Boleslavski, Meisner and Hagen.
Not only did my teachers have great knowledge to share, they also have the experience to prove what they are teaching works. Here are links to their credits which speak for themselves.
Uta Hagen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0353467
Austin Pendelton: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0671721
Philip Seymour Hoffman: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000450
CASTING: Before I moved to New York I decided to work in casting so I could learn about the audition process from a casting perspective and really understand how casting works. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed being on the other side of the camera and seemed to have a knack for it. In the last 10 years I have been a reader/session director for Powerhouse Casting, Gloria Mann, Marsha Cheslea and Diane Kerbel. I also worked as a casting associate with Crystal Casting and was lucky enough to cast some award winning projects including: Feist's 1234 & My Moon My Man and Jerad Leto's 30 Seconds to Mars music video The Kill.
NOW Magazine voted Lori Pearlstein & Shannon McDonough one of the best ensembles in the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival for their two hander BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.
Performers/Creators Lori Pearlstein and Shannon McDonough share strong chemistry. The touching moments and especially the comedy between them work nicely...NOW MAGAZINE
"...Pearlstein is very talented when she wants to be." EYE MAGAZINE
Lori Pearlstein was nominated for a Pixie Award for her performance in THE BRISS (featured on The Sundance Channel).
"Lori Pearlstein finally came up with a name for her show: BABY X. Drop by to congratulate her, and see comics from NBC, CBS, Comedy Central and HBO..TIME OUT NEW YORK
Lori's weekly comedy show BABY X was selected as a Voice Choice by THE VILLAGE VOICE