Laura Rikard is a stage and film actress as well as director, acting coach, stage movement specialist, devised theatre artist and intimacy choreographer/coordinator. She is cofounder and head faculty of Theatrical Intimacy Education, which she cofounded with Chelsea Pace in 2017. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a BA in theatre, she moved to New York where she worked in theatre and continued her training with the Actor’s Studio. In New York she worked at LaMAMA, ETC, New Perspectives Theatre and appeared at Carnegie Hall. She also lived and performed in Europe. She studied Commedia dell’Arte with master teachers Antionio Fava and Carlos Garcia, physical theatre in Denmark with Odin Teatret, and received a Master of Arts from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where she performed onstage with Sir Paul McCartney. After her work in Europe she attended the University of Virginia where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She has performed in film, television, commercials and regional theatre. She has directed for University of Miami, USC Upstate, LIVE Arts Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre, Henley Street Theatre and the University of Virginia, Stephen F Austin State University and Brown University. She has taught acting, movement, mask, and theatre to youth in England, New York City and various universities, colleges and theatres in the United States. Some of her favorite roles have been Lady Macbeth, Macbeth: Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Lala. The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Hester Swane, By the Bog of Cats; Arkadina, The Seagull; Blanche and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; Mother Ann, A Shaker’s Path, among others. Film work includes Lincoln, Julie and Julia, Time Flies, The Last Fruit Bar and HBO’s Veep. She has had the honor to work with Steven Spielberg, Nora Ephron, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Meryl Streep. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and was awarded the BEST ACTING AWARD at the 2011 Virginia Film Festival. She also teaches Public Speaking and offers private actor. Her students have won the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center, played lead roles in various Shakespeare Festivals around the country, and been accepted to leading conservatories and training programs around the world. She is the previous head of acting for the BFA/BA School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University. Recently she has served as Intimacy Choreographer/Coordinator on a number of productions. She as also served as the Visiting Assistant Professor for Acting and Movement with the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, and Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. She is currently Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She is the proud mom of twin girls.