PCPA Actor Training - Resident Faculty
Professional Artists with a Passion to Teach

Kitty Balay* - Actor

PCPA (since 1989): More than 50 productions including The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Caroline, or Change, Pride and Prejudice, Curtains, The Music Man, Distracted, White Christmas, Hello Dolly, Always Patsy Cline, Gypsy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Matchmaker, Enter the Guardsman, The Miracle Worker, Quilters, 42nd Street, You Canít Take It With You, Twelfth Night, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lend Me a Tenor, The Grapes of Wrath, Woody Guthrieís American Song

Other Theatres: South Coast Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Sacramento Theatre Company.

Teaches: 1st Year Acting



Kitty Balay
42nd Street, 2000-2001



Kitty Balay
as Mrs. Holly, Distracted, 2009


I love teaching. I love teaching acting and music literature. I love uncovering sweeping through-lines and small, intimate beats. I love theater and stories and people.

I have been teaching primarily 1st year acting for PCPA's Actor Training Program for a good part of the last 20 years. I give the students structure for their work. I give them tools that they can use over and over again to build their characters. No matter the play, no matter the director; I give students a method to approach the work. I expect actors to arrive filled with creativity. I teach them that they must also be smart, responsible, and diligent. They must be courageous and flexible and have open and available hearts. They must be more than they thought was possible in order to find room for these characters in themselves. My goal is to help them live truthfully within the given circumstances of the play... over and over again ... eight shows a week.

Acting is a mysterious thing. It's identifying human relationships and interactions and then weaving them into a framework with words and actions. If done correctly, it takes our breath away. What joy we feel when an actor discovers a truthful moment of vulnerability, or triumph, or love. In my class I aspire to create a positive working environment where actors feel free to try and fail...and, ultimately, to succeed.

Teaching Voice and Speech is working on the acting process through the filter of breath, sound, and language. I strive to help students find their authentic, natural voice, and connection to impulse through breath. It's through that circular connection of impulse, breath and intention that words and characters can actually come to life with ease and truthfulness.

I chose a life in the theater because I like to work collaboratively on a common goal. I prefer the energy and momentum a group creates versus working in isolation. I value the generosity of spirit and creativity that my colleagues bring to their work. My goal is to pass that tradition on to the students in my care.