Blythe de Oliveira Foster
In my work as a teacher, performer and voice coach, I am dedicated to facilitated empowering experiences in which people of all abilities develop and share skills in creative expression and community building. I have taught acting, voice and movement in contexts ranging from pre-schools to college campuses to community centers. Seeking connection between performance and citizenship, my goal is that acting training serves students and artists of all ages as they develop agency in defining both the terms of the theatrical events they create and the communities that they build together. I am a member of Actor’s Equity Association and have had the pleasure of working in theaters in New York and California, including: American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theater Company, San Jose Repertory Theater, Shotgun Players, Word for Word, TheatreWorks, Classic Stage Company, Repertorio Español and the Bushwick Starr.
With Leap, I am currently teaching Reader’s Theater and Creative Movement. I also teach Poetry into Performance with ELL students at Francisco Middle School through a residency with Word for Word Theater. I have previously worked as a drama teacher with Johns Hopkins CTY Summer School, as a writing tutor in the Bryn Mawr College Writing Center, and as an acting instructor, director and voice coach at University of California Santa Barbara.
In classrooms and rehearsal rooms, I foster inclusive, student-centered curriculum and diverse and equitable performance opportunities. I have spent much of my recent professional life developing and producing new performances. For two years, I worked as the Assistant Artistic Director of Launch Pad, a nationally recognized new play development program committed to equity and inclusion, producing the work of writers such as: Yussef El Guindi, KJ Sanchez and James Still. As a community liaison and communications coordinator, I recently had the joyful experience of supporting Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite, which was performed at Grace Cathedral and produced by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In my performance work and teaching, I explore the body as a living archive of history and a unique resource for sharing personal and community narratives. I enjoy offering embodied Linklater Voice and Speech coaching for greater freedom, clarity and confidence in communication and performance.