R E S U M E


SPECIAL SKILLS

Languages: English, Tagalog, Ilocano, Ibaloi, Russian (read, write, basic conversational), Kyrgyz-Turkic (read, write, conversational), International Sign Language (basic conversational), Can Read Hangeul (Korean Characters).

Dance/Movement: hip hop, theater, jazz, modern, ball room (previously in dance sport for 2 years- waltz, cha cha, swing, samba), Philippine traditional dances (National, tribal and Muslim), yogi (yoga instructor), Zumba instructor, dance instructor and choreographer, dance improv, parkour, stage combat (knives, swords, sticks)

 

Music: singer (high soprano-classical/opera, cabaret, jazz, pop), songwriter, plays piano, plays guitar, plays percussions, recorder, sight reader, arranger, choral/hand bell/hand chimes director, music director/educator in 7 countries over 10 years.

 

Sports: Table Tennis, swimming, jump rope, badminton, basic arnis/kali with sticks in dance form and combat (martial art), rollerblading, yoyo, boating, hiking, horse back riding. PADI Scuba Diver Advanced Open Water, Wreck, Nitrox Certified, Molchanov freediver 

 

Others: Knowledge of Psychology, History, expressive Can do distinct Asian and Eastern European accents, knit, crochet, wears eye glasses/contact lenses, costumes.

MEMBER:

AEA - Actors' Equity Association

SAG-AFTRA - Screen Actors' Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

BMI - Broadcast Music Inc 

ARTS in Education Roundtable - Member

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* AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:

Best Director and Best Acting Ensemble for the supporting role of Polyxena - Runner Up for "Hecuba" at the Ancient Drama Festival, NYC 2012

Best Acting Ensemble - "Alien Adventure - the Adventure" for the Lead role of Capt. Duda at the Midtown International Theater Festival 2014

Best Acting Ensemble - "Eva's Gabriel" Short Film as the Lead, Eva for the New York International Film Awards 2022, Best Short Cannes Short Film Festival

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Reviews....

 

Performance at the New York Fringe International Theater Festival 2015 for "Behind the Wall - An Autism Performance Piece" Created by Joyce Lao and Andy Miyamotto

 

"......segments such as “Shadow Play,” in which the two move behind a back-lit sheet, are visually arresting. The intimacy and complexity of their relationship takes the foreground and this genuine, heartfelt vulnerability (which occurs a few times throughout Behind the Wall) breaks up the sense of overall lightness and brevity of the rest of the show. These moments feel the most rewarding, adding a sense of warmth." 

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TRAININGS AND SKILLS:

* MUSIC AND VOCAL ARTS -  The Juilliard School, NYC, MA (Choral Conducting, Voice) Philippine Music School

* ARTS ADMINISTRATION - MA, BARUCH College, NYC

*  DRAMA/ACTING -  Stella Adler Studios, Strasberg, NYC, Scene Studies, Improv, Shakespeare, VO, Teleprompting, Monologues,                                           Audition techniques SAG Conservatory, NYC

* DANCES - Theater dance (Munro)/Jazz/Ballet (Plane)/Hip Hop (Brown) Broadway Dance Center ,NYC 

* LATIN AND BALLROOM DANCES - Paul Pellicoro Dancesport/Piel Canela - Competitive and Performance

* PARKOUR - The Movement Creative, NYC

* STAGE COMBAT -  HB Studios

* KALI/ESCRIMA - Elementary, Anderson's Martial Arts, 

* IMPROVISATION UCB - Upright Citizens Brigade, NYC

* SCUBA DIVING - Advanced PADI, Nitrox and Wreck 

* FREEDIVING - Wave 1 Malchonovs Certified

 

Contact joycelaoperformer@gmail.com for a more detailed resume.