Kay LaVergne Jaz
Kay is a New Mexico-based actor, improviser, and teaching artist. Like you she has boiled the three minute egg in two, halved America’s foreign debt on the back of a napkin, and no longer has to ask her cats “Who let the dogs out?”
Also like you she continues to challenge and inspire her growth as an actor (and teacher) by mixing the dark arts of stage and screen by being absolutely present with Gary Austin, playing full out with Steven Anderson, through awareness of breath and seeking joy with Carol Fox Prescott, and owning her ground with David Razowsky.
When Kay was seven her parents built her a theatre space in their Seattle basement, planting the seeds for acting. She founded Wake Up Your Work in 2003 to organize and teach acting/improvisation. She has coached actors of Land Ho!, Pirate Radio USA, This is Martin Bonner; unzipped to bare her soul in Revelation, coached opera singers, PCC cashiers, and award-winning actors to be present and authentic. Putting her money where her mouth is Kay has used improvisation to write her second one-woman show, The House That Dad Built, a story about trust, betrayal, and redemption.
Kay’s two features, 7 Witches and Showtime’s The Gender Card Flip (Second Nature) were a fun ride. Most recent Monarch City is on the festival circuit. Kay’s IMDb.
- Sees People 80% 80%
- Recites Lines in Shower 60% 60%
- Creates Safe Environment 99% 99%
- Improves Your Work 90% 90%
Pablo Picasso - Painter, Visionary, Pain-in-the-Ass
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
Gary Austin, Creator & Original director, LA’s The Groundlings
Christine Fry, LA Actor, Writer, Producer
If you want to grow as an actor or just as a person in general, I recommend any of the classes Kay is offering.”
Steven Anderson - LA Actor, Coach, Director
Sarah Stillion - Writer, Director, Actor
“Kay is unique as a person and teacher. She tends to look at things from sides that aren’t apparent to most and uses that to everyone’s advantage. She takes the time to connect with those she’s teaching by listening to them and then leading them into making their own discoveries. My students after working with her as a guest artist asked for her to come back year after year. Kay is easy and fun to create with and I would defiantly work with her again on a project if the opportunity arises.”