Aimee Blesing

SENIOR LECTURER
Phone: (323) 360-6394
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm M312, Durham, NH 03824
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Aimee Blesing is a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre & Dance Department, specializing in acting, voice and dialects. Her current courses taught are THDA551, Acting 1, and THDA442, Introduction to the Art of Acting. Aimee is a professional actor, singer, director, and voice, speech and dialect coach, and infuses her teaching with influences from these many areas of expertise. Since arriving at UNH in 2010, Aimee has directed The Comedy of Errors, A Far Shore (Woodward International Playwriting competition reading), 7 Boxes of Books (original devised piece), Hotel Jerusalem (Woodward International Playwriting competition reading), and Dancing at Lughnasa. She has also directed UNH's touring theatre for young audience productions Into the Grim, Fabled and Through the Door. Productions she has worked on as dialect coach include Spoon River Anthology, The Memory of Water, Betrayal, The Crucible, Shrek: The Musical and Lizzie the Musical.

Aimee has served on multiple committees within the Theatre and Dance Department including the Curriculum, Recruitment/Alumni Relations, and ArtsReach committees, along with the Woodward International Playwriting Competition Selection Committee and the Zornio Playwriting Competition Selection Committee. She has also been a faculty member for the department's Summer Camp Programming for several years.

Outside UNH Aimee has served on multiple community committees including the Dover Chamber of Commerce's Education committee and Cochecho Arts Festival committee, the City of Dover Arts Commission, and the Fringe Seacoast committee. With her own company, theatre.unamsked, Aimee has directed Romeo & Juliet (2012, 2017), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014, 2015); she has coached Oleanna by David Mamet, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and Twelfth Night; and has appeared as an actress in Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), The Tempest (Prospera), Twelfth Night (Maria) and Into the Grim (Ensemble). She has also worked with local companies Theatre Kapow and Glass Dove Productions as an actress and dialect coach for productions, and teaches workshops in acting, voice and movement at New England schools and companies.

Professionally, Aimee believes in the importance of continued development and exploration, and is a Certified Trainer of Lessac Kinesensic voice, speech and movement training, and an avid student of the work of Michael Chekhov. She trains regularly with Master Teacher Scott Fielding at the Michael Chekhov Actors Studio Boston, and aims to continue this training to certification when time allows. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Lessac Training and Research Institute, serving as Membership Director.

Aimee is a passionate teacher who believes in everyone's right to learn, and infuses her classes with fun, insight and energy. Her students often comment on gaining skills they never expected to attain, and enjoy th playful yet professional nature of her approach to teaching the various arts of acting and performance.

Education

  • A., Edith Cowan Univ
  • Diploma, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts
  • Diploma, Edith Cowan Univ

Research Interests

  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts
  • Theater/Theatre

Courses Taught

  • THDA 442: Intro to the Art of Acting
  • THDA 470: Movement and Vocal Production
  • THDA 551: Acting I
  • THDA 589: Practicum/Performance
  • THDA 670: Dialects

Selected Artistic Activities

Director of "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel (2018).

Bard in the Yard, Romeo & Juliet (2018).

Arcadia, Tom Stoppard (2017).

Hotel Jerusalem, by David Swanson (2017).

Long Day's Journey into Night, Eugene O'Neil (2017).

STARS Summer Camp program, UNH (2017).

STARS Summer Camps UNH (2017).

Little Red Wagon, Fabled (2017).