Denise Bessette is a professional actress, producer and teacher with over 35 years of experience. As one of the founders of Hudson Stage Company, Westchester County's premiere professional non-profit theatre (www.hudsonstage.com), she has produced all of its mainstage productions and staged readings. A highly respected acting teacher whose students range from ages 6 to 80+, Denise offers private coaching for auditions, college interviews/auditions, and corporate/public speaking presentations. Her high school students have placed at some of the most prestigious BFA training programs and universities in the country, including NYU, Emerson College, Boston University, University of Michigan, Hartt School, Northwestern University, Syracuse University and Muhlenberg College. She teaches acting in the Purchase College BFA film program and is the director of the Purchase College Teen Acting Intensive. She runs acting workshops with both the Phelps CDT program and PATHWAYS in Greenwich, CT for adults with mental disabilities. In addition, she conducts the playreading workshop for Westchester Meadows Senior Residence, Valhalla.
As an actress, Denise has been seen in critically acclaimed Hudson Stage production of Pinter’s A KIND OF ALASKA, and in JACKSON HEIGHTS TRILOGY in NYC. She has also appeared in HSC’s GOD OF CARNAGE, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, KIMBERLY AKIMBO and FULL BLOOM. She has appeared on TV in Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Seinfeld, LA Law and many other episodics. She has been seen Off-Broadway and has appeared in leading roles at major regional theatres throughout the country. Denise trained in London with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, William Esper in NYC, and the late Milton Katselas’s Master Class in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Arts.
Her approach to teaching acting is both eclectic and “wholistic”, drawing from the wide range of her training and her professional experience. For the teen and adult classes, acting technique is integrated along with an emphasis on voice and physical expression. Students learn to create characters, be fully alive in the moment, assess material and make bold and vibrant choices. The belief that we all have incredible imaginations upon which to draw from inspires her students to take creative risks with courage and realize there are limitless possibilities. Denise uses a balance of scene study with age-appropriate material, monologues, improvisational exercises and theatre games. Yoga stretches and meditation techniques are also used in the warm-ups. Most importantly, it is the love of theatre, the joy of creativity, and following one's passions that leads the students to their sense of fulfillment and confidence.
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