|Lori started acting over 25 years ago, but she didn’t really learn how to act until she trained in NYC at Circle in the Square & HB Studio. She studied with Uta Hagen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Austin Pendleton & Geoffrey Owens just to name a few; and combines their methods in her approach. Lori also shares Uta Hagen’s commitment to offer affordable rates to guarantee training is accessible to everyone. Her first coaching gig came by chance when Philip Seymour Hoffman needed to learn the Toronto accent for his role in Owning Mahoney. He became her greatest mentor in return. Finally being Canadian in this business paid off!|
Lori is also known as a Comedian, Voice over artist, Writer and Casting Director. It’s her diverse background that sets her apart as a coach. She worked as a reader/director for some of Toronto’s busiest casting directors to learn what goes on in the room from behind the camera. Then she became a casting associate with Crystal Casting. All her experiences have given her the ability to pinpoint what is hindering an actors’ performance and give them the appropriate tools to overcome their obstacles.
In addition to her work as an acting coach, Lori proudly serves as the President of Toronto Assoc. of Acting Studios (TAAS) and runs her improv company Playworks WWW.LPPLAYWORKS.COM