Actor Michael Laskin teaches the Department of Theater’s graduate Acting for the Camera class. He has more than 38 years experience in film, television and stage, including off-Broadway and at America’s leading regional theaters such as the Actors Theatre of Louisville; Mixed Blood Theatre; Guthrie Theater (company member); and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among many others. At The Edinburgh Festival, he was awarded the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award for Tea With Dick and Gerry, which went on to have a successful 1976 run at Roundhouse in London. Additionally, he starred in the Canadian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Talley’s Folly at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
He has had the privilege of working with many of the world’s greatest actors, directors, writers, producers and cinematographers, including Jason Alexander, Patricia Arquette, Michael Blakemore, Steven Bochco, James Caan, Martha Coolidge, Brian Cox, John Cusack, Roger Deakins, Roy Dotrice, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Charles Haid, Michael Langham, Barry Levinson, Stan Margulies, Walter Matthau, Paul Mazursky, Charles Nolte, Bob Rafelson, John Sayles, Kevin Spacey, Tom Stoppard, Jeffrey Tambor, Jack Warden and Haskell Wexler, among many others.
Laskin is the author of the recently published book The Authentic Actor: The Art and Business of Being Yourself (Michael Wiese Productions). He’s also the founder of The Michael Laskin Studio, a professional acting studio in Los Angeles. He has taught master classes in acting at the University of Minnesota, Kennesaw University and at the Hawaii International Film Festival, the latter taught with director Martha Coolidge and actress Mary McDonnell. Laskin has also been a corporate consultant for a high-level creative think tank, The Right Brain Studio, and his voice can be heard in thousands of voice-overs for radio, television and animation.
He is involved in several projects as a producer, including Exit Strategy, a play that is currently optioned for Broadway. He also developed and produced Jeffrey Tambor’s one-person show Jeffrey Tambor’s Performing Your Life, which has been performed across the United States.
Laskin received a bachelor of arts degree in theater from Northwestern University and a master of arts in theater from the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Bush Fellowship with Guthrie Theatre and was recently awarded a distinguished alumnus award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.