“When I began Shane Ann’s voice and speech program I not only had a lisp but a New York accent. Of course that prevented me from auditioning for any roles other than “New Yawkas”. My voice was such a concern to me that I even found it difficult to speak in meetings with industry professionals. However, Shane Ann’ program provided me with the tools I needed to have good speech and a great voice. Working with her on Shakespeare (in the Advanced Classes) opened up another world for me. As a Los Angeles based actor, most would assume that voice and speech work isn’t necessary for film and television. Not true! In fact I was hired for my first role on a television series because the producer loved my voice!”
Broadway: “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore”, Other Theatre: “American Voices”, directed by Dustin Hoffman (Broad Stage), “Song For New York” (Mabou Mines), “Electricidad” (Mark Taper Forum), “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner” (Hartford Stage)
Film and Television: “El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances”, Girlfight (winner Grand Jury Prize-Sundance Film Festival), Shelf Life, Spun, White Oleander, Undeclared by Judd Apatow, Illeanarama by Illeana Douglas, Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, NYPD Blue, The Division, Resurrection Blvd., Touched By An Angel, Taina, “Easy to Assemble” a web-pilot with Illeana Douglas and Jeff Goldblum.
Elisa Bocanegra is the Artistic Director of HERO Theater Company