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With her experience as a New York City Stage Manager, Larisa has been teaching theatre in Japan for almost a decade. She founded International Stage Academy of Performing Arts (ISA) after a group of her Japanese students expressed they wanted to go to New York to study, but didn’t have the means. Larisa believes everyone deserves a chance to realize their dreams, so she gathered her friends from Broadway and the West End to bring the very best education to professionals and amateur performers across East Asia.
Larisa grew up in Michigan, USA, studying piano and percussion from a young age. After high school, she spent a year in Spain studying Flamenco with the esteemed Chua Alba. Larisa moved to New York and graduated university with a degree in Stage Management. For the next few years, she stage managed shows in New York City with casts of large numbers, worked with well known directors and artists, and interned at a major entertainment company. In 2012, Larisa moved to Japan, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Currently, Larisa works with schools in Japan to create theatre programs in English, and can be seen interviewing both Japanese and touring celebrity performers as the Regional Editor for BroadwayWorld. Larisa also gives private voice lessons online, coaches acting, and is a theatre business consultant.
Broadway Professional Development
Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre Arts
Double Master's of Education
Certified in Vocal Pedagogy
New York Vocal Coaching with Justin Stoney
Broadway Teachers Workshops
Broadway Teaching Group and Music Theatre International
with Alan Menken, Josh Groban, Andrea Martin, etc.
Tech, Design, Stage Management
Pace University, New York City
Advanced Teaching, Primary and Secondary
ongoing at University of the People
Level 5 Advanced Diploma
420-hour Ofqual Regulated Program
IELTS Teacher Training Workshop
Measuring Sustainable Development
Universal Studios Japan
John Gore Organization
National Theatre of Young Artists
Sesame Street Japan
Osaka Gakuin University
The Public Theatre, NYC