Laura Bond

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Drama
Whitesides Hall, 120
828.232.2992

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Also by appointment.

Laura Bond has been a member of the Drama Department faculty since 1998 teaching all levels of the department’s acting and directing program, as well as directing on the TheatreUNCA main stage. She also serves as the Director of the Arts & Ideas Program, and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program where she uses her background in the Related Arts to enhance interdisciplinary arts opportunities of study for all UNC Asheville students. Laura is a professional Equity actress, director, singer, and storyteller. She is also a voice specialist and certified Master Teacher of the Estill Voice Technique, which she uses to coach actors, singers, and voice-over artists. 

A few of her professional performing credits include performing with Syracuse Stage in such productions as The Rose Tattoo and The Three Sisters, and Theatre Outlet’s world premiere of the Irish play, At the Black Pig’s Dyke. While in Pennsylvania she created a storytelling company called World Theatre Works dedicated to performing multi-cultural folktales in area schools and festivals, and was a freelance director for stage and radio plays. Since moving to Asheville, she directed with Highland Repertory Theatre Company and acted on the Diana Wortham Stage in Boston Marriage, in local commercials and voice-overs, and wrote and performed a one-woman show titled Bridges to Dreams.

Laura’s research and teaching specialty is in the emotional effector patterns, a purely physical approach to inducing, expressing and modulating emotions, informed by scientific research. Laura holds a rare master teacher certification in this method, which allows her to not only teach the method in UNCA campus classes, but in workshops around the country and internationally. Since 2007 Laura has focused most of her artistic and scholarly activity to the development and dissemination of somatic emotion regulation methods for performers, as well as for the general public, through workshops on in Chile, Mexico, Great Britain, Canada, and throughout the USA. To read more about her Alba Emoting Method work go to http://www.emotionalbody.co/

Laura is the author of TEAM For Actors: A Holistic Approach to Embodied Acting, and The Emotional Body: A Method for Physical Self Regulation. She has also published three study guides for theatre with Penguin Press on Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, and The Plays of Agatha Christie. Laura is the author of two plays produced by TheatreUNCA, The Place of the Great Turtle’s Back and Birds of a Feather.

Education

MFA Acting/Directing, Syracuse University
BFA Related Arts, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Objective

To foster well-rounded artist-thinkers who embrace inventive collaboration and creative inquiry, while exhibiting embodied knowledge and skillful expression of ideas in their creation of various theatrical forms, recognizing how powerful their art can affect society.

Courses Taught
Dram 111 Acting I
Dram 113 Expressive Voice & Body
Dram 212 Scene Study
Dram 362 Principles of Directing I
Dram 415 Advanced Acting: Emotion Studies for the Actor
Dram 415 Advanced Acting: Acting Styles
Dram 415 Advanced Acting: Acting for the Camera (Co-taught with Mass Comm Directing Class)
Dram 462 Principles of Directing II
Arts 310 Art and Emotion
Arts 310 The Art of Vocal Expression
Arts 179 Powerful Stories