Lori has a diverse background that set her apart as an acting coach. She’s worked for over 25 years as an actor, writer, comedian, & voice over artist; but also as a reader/director for most of Toronto's busiest casting directors. She excels in her ability to pinpoint an actors weakness, but also give them the tools (in 30 seconds or less) to get over their obstacles (whether they be related to script analysis or technique). Between Circle in the Square & HB Studio, Lori spent 5 years studying in New York. Her most influential teachers were: Uta Hagen, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Austin Pendleton. In addition to teaching classes, she's a private coach who's worked with Guest Stars on several TV shows including: This is Wonderland, LA Complex, Ascension and Orphan Black. Lori is the president of TAAS http://www.torontoactingstudios.com and owner of Playworks www.lpplayworks.com
UPCOMING AND PAST NEWS
Looking forward to directing, producing & starring in GREASE. We will be reprising our roles from high school over 25 yrs later…yikes...
Thanks to everyone who came out to the latest Improv Party with proceeds going to CAMH in honour of my teacher/mentor/friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. The money raised will be sending someone in recovery back to school.
I will be singing at Music Heals 2015 on Wed, June 17, 2015 7pm @ The Hard Rock Café 279 Yonge Street
For tickets: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TicketingCatalog.aspx?eventid=170107&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=direct%2fnone
"Lori is an excellent acting coach you can depend on. In addition to being diligent when working with your child, she's intuitive, very professional and can provide insights into the acting business. Lori worked with Matthew in preparation for his auditions for Toronto's Mirvish production of the Sound of Music. He got the role of Kurt. Lori is a great resource and "go to person" to have in your corner." Michelle Tissi
"You are a joyful delight. I much enjoyed your class, your perspective, your knowledge...your sharing...you have a way of saying it like it is...with honesty and passion!" Dawna Marie Wright
"I attended the fall ACTRA conference; got a chance to listen to Canadian actor Michael Riley...everything he said about the craft and finding your way was exactly what you taught me. You are awesome!…Of course I also have you to thank for your gritty no holds bar approach to teaching. You da best! I always took notes and it has helped immensely in my acting journey." George Sekanina
“Lori has taught me so much. I never knew there were so many different ways to say a single, simple, word. Without her, I probably wouldn’t have gotten into Unionville High School for the arts. I’m learning how to look at a script, take it apart, create a back story, all so I can truly be the character. I have learned so much from Lori...” Chloe
"I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed and benefited from your knowledge and insights. I think you are an absolute delight. Engaging, animated, funny, professional, honest and interesting. There are lots of phony, delusional people in this business, so I’m always happy to meet and be exposed to someone of your caliber. I’ll be back to you again for …more Pearlstein!!" Charles Gordon
"I wish to thank you...you teach so well! I enjoyed your classes to the fullest. You taught me so much in such a short time. I feel I have gained more confidence (which I lost somewhere along the way) that I really needed back.” Mahaila
"I wanted to thank you for coming out to London and teaching us, it was very informative and helpful. Thanks again!" Brennan
"It was really nice meeting you yesterday. Your workshop was incredible! You made improv look so easy…when really…improv is just being yourself---so how hard is that? Thanks again….! I’m hoping I’ll be able to put your tips to good use!" Lyndsay
NOW Magazine voted Lori Pearlstein & Shannon McDonough one of the best ensembles in the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival for their two hander BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.
Performers/Creators Lori Pearlstein and Shannon McDonough share strong chemistry. The touching moments and especially the comedy between them work nicely...NOW MAGAZINE
Lori Pearlstein was nominated for a Pixie Award for her performance in THE BRISS.
"...Pearlstein is very talented when she wants to be." EYE MAGAZINE
Hot off her successful New York City run, Lori Pearlstein brings her one woman show IT'S ABOUT TIME...ONE IMMIGRANTS JOURNEY TO HER AMERICAN DREAM to Toronto for its Canadian debut.
An autobiographical "dramedy" with music. It takes you through the life long trials and tribulations of an actor, who after fighting her parents, the INS and herself, finally makes it to New York City. NOW MAGAZINE
"A beautifully acted piece, a well written story, but that was not my daughter's life." LORI'S MOM
As Stand Up Comedienne:
"Fun-Loving downtown comedienne Lori Pearlstein hosts a hilarious night of stand up comedy at Chetty Red." PAPER MAGAZINE
"Lori Pearlstein finally came up with a name for her show: BABY X. Drop by to congratulate her, and see comics from NBC, CBS, Comedy Central and HBO..TIME OUT NEW YORK
BABY X was selected as a Voice Choice in THE VILLAGE VOICE
"an amazing night of Stand Up.Line up includes top notch comics such as Neil Brennen, Cynthia Levin, Danny Cohen, Becky Donahue and of course Lori Pearlstein. You never know who else may drop by and you won't want to miss them..girlcomic.net