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Interested in private coaching to prepare an audition monologue or sides, a public speaking engagement, or that wedding toast?  Need help with headshots or resumes? Our instructors can't wait to work one on one with you  and help you shine!

Workshops coming soon! Email us to receive updates and registration info.

THEATRICALITY is embraced, building a STRONG ENSEMBLE is essential, sense of ADVENTURE in every lab session and class is a must.


We embrace PHYSICAL ACTING techniques, the art of POETRY and emotional AUTHENTICITY

Your TRUTH is your TALENT.

We create a space for YOU to be YOU. Theatre is a place to PLAY and embrace your UNIQUE impulses. 


Theatre LILA

LAB Director

Jessica Lanius

I am an actor, director and choreographic theatre-maker.  I've been teaching movement, physical theater techniques and acting for the past twenty years in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Madison WI!  My classes and workshops use movement and physicality in ways that allow any age student to free their creative impulses, become more articulate and expressive in their bodies, and engage their imagination through a sense of play with more abandon.  My training with renowned Meisner acting teachers William Esper and Maggie Flanigan along with physical theatre training with Lenard Petit, Anne Bogart, Loyd Williamson and Andy Arden Reese have given me a layered and rich toolbox from which to draw from as a teacher. I currently teach in the Theatre & Drama department at UW-Madison and American Players Theatre apprentice program.


I continue to work as an actor and am represented by Stewart Talent and CESD. I have worked both on stage, television and in commercials in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and now Madison WI.  I hold an MFA in Theatre Arts, Rutgers University & BFA in Acting, UW-Stevens Point.

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