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An artist and educator for what seems like her entire life, Ilyse has been seen onstage throughout New England and on TV across the country. You may have seen her enjoying Dunkin’ Donuts coffee or as your friendly neighborhood CVS pharmacist. Onstage, Ilyse originated the role of The Ghost of Christmas Past for Rick Lombardo’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol and is one of the original cast members of MOMologues: The Final Push. She's also the recipient of Boston’s Elliot Norton Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Ilyse has taught dance and drama to students ages 3 - 83 and has coached public speaking and presentation skills for high school students to corporate clients. Ilyse holds a BS in Communication/Theater from Northwestern University, certification in theater from the British American Drama Academy, and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
What is your favorite moment in the training room?
My favorite moment in the training room is the first time we laugh together.
What’s one thing you wish the business world would borrow from the acting world?
I want the business world to encourage ensemble or team-work the way the acting world does. There is so much strength in the communities that theater encourages. I want that to flow into the business world as well.
Which role or performance of your own has meant the most to you as an actor?
Honestly, it would probably be when I played the very small role of Chief Dancing Mouse in Wheelock Family Theatre’s, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Because I got to dance next to and hold hands with my own little Dancing Mouse, my daughter.
What’s the sports team you give your all for?
The Red Sox. Of course. And then the Bruins. I assume you know what the town is.
What is your personal motto?
If you can walk, you can dance.