Laura Bond has been a member of the UNC Asheville Drama Department faculty since 1998 teaching all levels of the acting and directing, 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. 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.
Laura's research and teaching specialty is in the Alba Method, a somatic approach to inducing, expressing and modulating emotions, developed by neuroscientist, Dr. Susana Bloch. Laura holds a rare Alba Emoting teacher certification level of CL5 (Susana Bloch is the only CL6). Laura teaches workshops around the country and internationally. She is considered a master Alba Method trainer certifying others in the technique and training Alba Method Teachers. Since 2007 Laura has focused most of her artistic and scholarly activity to the development and dissemination of the Alba Method for performers as well as for the general public through workshops on Alba Emoting offered in Mexico, England, Canada, and throughout the USA. To read more about her Alba Emoting Method work go to breathxpress.com. Laura is the author of TEAM For Actors: A Holistic Approach to Embodied Acting. She is currently writing The Emotional Body: A Physical Method for Self-Regulation, a comprehensive book on the Alba Method and its use for the general public. This will be the first book of its kind written in English and available to the general public, hopefully in 2017.