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What the Night is For Melinda Playhouse West
Love Letters Melissa Opposite Peter Donat PlayhouseWest and Willows
Light Sensitive Edna (Bay Area Critic's Circle Award) Playhouse West
Lovers and Other Strangers Wilma Playhouse West
Two for the Seesaw Gittel Playhouse West
Smile Brenda Willows Theatre
Oklahoma! Laurey opposite Peter Palmer NYC Tour
Peter Pan Tiger Lil with Sandy Duncan NYC Tour
The Yearling Jody's Girlfriend Broadway, NYC
Carousel            Louise with John Raitt & Jan Clayton Carter Baron Amphi, Wash. DC
The Sound of Music Leisl National Co.
The Boy Friend Dulcie Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC
He Who Gets Slapped Consuelo Equity Library Theatre, NYC
Very Good Eddie Elsie Darling NYC Tour
Finian's Rainbow Susan with Leslie Gore St. Paul Opera
The Music Man Zaneeta with Bert Parks NYC Tour
West Side Story Maria NYC Tour
Brigadoon Jean Cohasset Mass.
King of the Whole Damn World Cat Girl Off Broadway, NYC
The Decameron Dianora Off Broadway, NYC
Trauma Waitress NBC
Up and Coming HS Drama Teacher, recurring PBS
James Bond in Dance Leading Dancer CBC
Bell Telephone Hour (several) Featured Dancer Network TV
Over 40 national, regional and local commercials New York City and San Francisco
Purple Onion, 1177 Club, Chez Jaques, The Sea Witch San Francisco
Over 50 training and Industrial films: Mervyns, Crocker Bank, Bank of America, American Motors etc.
The White House Dream Ballet Duet from Oklahoma! with Kevin Carlisle
Soloist (ballerina) With Philadelphia Orchestra Philadelphia, PA
All musicals were directed and choreographed by Lois Grandi
Chicago Fred Ebb, John Kander,
Bob Fosse
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre
WInter Wonderettes Roger Bean Willows Theatre Company
Directed at Playhouse West
In This House Sarah Schlesinger, Mike Reid World Premiere, 4 Bay Area Critic's Circle Awards
The Brute and Other Farces Anton Checkhov  
When Something Wonderful Ends Sherry Kramer Bay Area Critic's Circle Nomination
Celebrate Playhouse West – Our Musical Legacy Revue – many composers  
Oleanna David Mamet  
Here on the Flight Path Norm Foster West Coast Premiere
Private Lives Noel Coward  
Baby Sybille Pearson, David Shire, Richard Maltby Jr. Bay Area Critic's Circle Nomination
String Fever Jacquelyn Reingold West Coast Premiere
Art Yasmina Reza  
Force of Nature Steven Dietz California Premiere, Bay Area Critic's Circle Nomination
The Last Five Years Jason Robert Brown Northern CA Premiere
Smoke and Mirrors Wm. Osborn and Anthony Herrera  
Taking Sides Ronald Harwood  
The Love List Norm Foster US Premiere
Proof David Auburn  
The Boy Friend Sandy Wilson 2 Bay Area Critic's Circle Awards
Only Kidding Jim Geoghan Northern CA Premiere
Nightfall Joanna Murray-Smith West Coast Premiere, Bay Area Critic's Circle Nomination
How the Other Half Loves Alan Ayckbourn  
Sight Unseen Donald Marguiles  
Whispers on the Wind John Kuntz and Lor Crane West Coast Premiere, Bay Area Critic's Circle Award
Private Eyes Steven Dietz  
Visiting Mr. Green Jeff Baron  
Jupiter in July Norm Foster Bay Area Premiere
Honour Jonanna Murray-Smith Bay Area Critic's Circle Nomination
Starting Here Starting Now Richard Maltby & David Shire  
Festival of Shorts Multiple Authors  
After the Fall Arthur Miller  
It Had To Be You Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna  
Light Sensitive Jim Geoghan Bay Area Critic's Circle Award
Side By Side By Sondheim Stephan Sondheim  
Nuts Tom Topor  
Wrong for Each Other Norm Foster  
Wait Until Dark Frederick Knott  
The Gin Game D. L. Coburn  
New Wrinkles Morris Bobrow, Gerald Nachman & Rita Abrams World Premiere
Nora Ingmar Bergman  
Taking Steps Alan Ayckbourn  
Horowitz and Mrs. Washington Henry Denker  
Crimes of the Heart Beth Henley  
A Grand Night for Singing Rodgers & Hammerstien  
Betrayal Harold Pinter  
Lovers and Other Strangers Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna  
The Rainmaker N. Richard Nash  
The Goodbye People Herb Gardner  
Party of One Morris Bobrow  
The World Goes ‘Round John Kander & Fred Ebb 9 Drama Logue Awards
Last of the Red Hot Lovers Neil Simon  
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams  
The Cocktail Hour A. R. Gurney  
The Fantasticks Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt  
Hold Me Jules Feiffer  
Picnic William Inge  
Same Time Next Year Bernard Slade  
Other Directing/Choreographing Bay Area and National Stages
Hats Anthony Dodge & Marcia Milgrom Dodge Willows Theatre
Chicago John Kander & Fred Ebb Peninsula Center Stage
Little Me Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh Willows Theatre
The Heidi Chronicles Wendy Wasserstein California Conservatory Th
On Borrowed Time Paul Osborn California Conservatory Th
Cinderella Rodgers and Hammerstein Willows Theatre
Gypsy Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim Columbia Actors' Repertory
The Cocktail Hour A. R. Gurney California Conservatory Th
Camelot Alan J. Lerner, Frederick Lowe Pleasanton Playhouse
Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon California Conservatory Th
The Owl and the Pussycat Bill Manhoff California Conservatory Th
Carnival Bob Merrill & Michael Stewart Columbia Actors' Repertory
The Odd Couple Neil Simon City Lights Theatre Vallejo
The Boy Friend Sandy Wilson Town/Gown Theatre, Ala
Cabaround Original Cabaret Revue Hingham, Mass.

Lois Grandi is the Founder and Director of The Performing Arts Academy (later re-named The Playhouse West Academy). She has taught adults and teens: beginning, intermediate and advanced acting, on-camera commercials, scene study, audition coaching, and monologue classes for 24 years.

“I believe I am successful now due to the foundation I was given by Lois and The Academy. For all that and more, I thank Lois and all the teachers I had there”
Meredith Patterson (Broadway Actress starring in 42nd Street, White Christmas, on TV in All My Children, Boston Legal)

“Lois was my very first acting teacher. She gave me the tools and the foundation to be a confident and risky actress. My career has flourished since I came to LA and have to say I owe a lot of it to Lois and The Academy”
Bree Turner (Film and TV Actress featured in The Ugly Truth, Ghost Whisperer, Quarterlife, Held Up)

“I’ve studied at many prominent acting schools across the country and consider Lois Grandi to be among the finest instructors (if not simply the best) with whom I have studied. She helped me to reconnect with the essentials of acting and helped me grow professionally. She trains her students in the art of “doing” and works with them to develop honest and truthful behavior on stage or in front of the camera. This is professional instruction for serious students.”
James Sharpe (LA TV, Film and Stage Actor featured in Weeds, Hung, Dark Blue, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, West Wing, The Unit)

Lois Grandi studied acting in New York with the celebrated teachers, Sandford Meisner and Wynn Handman. Her teaching philosophy and methods are firmly based on the technique she learned from them.

Of her many vocal teachers, Keith Davis at his studio in New York was the most important.

Lois began her ballet training in Philadelphia at age 4, and by 13 became a prodigy of world renowned teacher/choreographer Antony Tudor. He founded the company Ballet Guild of Philadelphia, of which Lois became a solo dancer. She continued to study with him when she moved to New York at age 17. She trained on scholarship at The Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, of which Tudor was the director, and studied with many prominent teachers including Margaret Craske, Alfredo Corvino, Frederick Franklin, Aubrey Hitchens, Alexandria Danilova and Luigi, who is still teaching Jazz at the age of 83.