Empowering Students Through the Joy of Music and the Arts



Laurie McDermott:  is a graduate of UCLA earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater.  She worked in Los Angeles in television (“The Young and the Restless,” “Gary Shandling Show” “Promised Land,”) commercials and film. She interned with the improvisation group, The Groundlings.  She also began teaching drama with the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.  She received her MFA at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and taught in their Young Conservatory program.  She was invited to join their Acting Company and worked with William Hurt, Ed Hastings, Jack Fletcher and Katherine Crosby during the season, (Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt, A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Good,) until moving to New York where she continued acting (Shenandoah/ Candlewood Playhouse & Lady, Be Good/92nd St. Y) producing, teaching, writing and performing.  Laurie found her true calling at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York teaching the craft of acting.  In 2013, she founded the Clarkstown Theatre Company in New City, NY, where she and her husband Rick Poulin produce original shows and teach the craft.  Last summer, their acting company forged a relationship with Dutch Gardens, New City to create outdoor summer classic productions for the Rockland County community.