Murisa Harba / Founder
Mondays 2-5pm, Tuesdays 3-6pm, Wednesdays 7-10pm
For quite some time, Murisa yearned for that conservatory atmosphere that provides a safe work place for the actor, with constant encouragement to reach outside of one's comfort zone and continues to challenge the artist, always resetting the bar. That is how ABOUT THE WORK came to be.
Murisa Harba received her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University's College of Fine Arts with a minor in dance. With countless years of vocal and dance training in addition to her theatre degree, she also directed, co-created, produced, choreographed and acted in the original play, WHITE RABBIT, in Boston which then completed a successful 4 week run at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Murisa has found success directing projects such as Skiddle And Bang It, Gruyeres, Dansare and Gas. In 2015-2016, Murisa became an Episodes director (Episode 6, 10 & 11) on new dramatic web series, F#@K I Love U. Her directorial debut on the show won BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE at ITV Fest in September of 2015. She recently directed TELL YOUR STORY, a PSA on sexual assault and women's empowerment, and a commercial for Muralart.
Murisa has taught acting at the Will Wallace Acting Company in Hollywood from 2011-2012. She teaches Cold Reading, Comedy and Drama classes at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory at the American Film Institute, which she has enjoyed doing since the fall of 2011. She is also on the SAG-AFTRA LA Conservatory Committee and co-chairs the On-Camera: Scene Video Workshop, Cold reading, Chakra, and 'Acting for Dancers' classes, heading the theatrical department of the curriculum committee. Murisa is on the staff at Columbia College's summer acting program and has also taught at the Will Wallace Acting Company.
Melissa Center / Instructor
Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Major in Theatre, Communication Studies, a Minor in Spanish and Certificate in Musical Theatre. Her career began in New York City where she toured with A Chorus Line, originated a 1-woman stage adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver (dir. Wynn Handman), and created/starred in web series Missed Connections Live, one of the first series to be officially recognized by the WGAe. Upon relocated to Los Angeles she made her TV Debut on NBC’s Grimm, followed by a recurring role as Ashley Glazier on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She most recently appeared on the final season of Masters of Sex and can be seen climbing a stair master backwards on a Samsung Galaxy national commercial. Her feature film All I Want, which she co-wrote, produced and stars in, hits the 2017-2018 festival circuit . www.melissacenter.com