Actress-Director-Playwright-Producer-Singer Beth Lane is a multi-hyphenate artist who is currently living in Los Angeles. She teaches undergraduates in acting at UCLA's School for Theater, Film & Television where she is also receiving her MFA.
Early Theater Life
The daughter of an attorney and a ballet teacher, Beth became a dancer at a very early age, as well as an active member of her theatrical community which included Joyce and Byrne Piven’s Young People’s Company in Evanston, Illinois. Beth continued to train in downtown Chicago with Ruth Page, Stone/Camryn, Lou Conte’s Hubbard Street Dancers and at Interlochen in Michigan. She attended New Trier East High School and graduated with a BA in English from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Success in New York
After training extensively with William Esper, Beth then worked in regional theaters and nightclubs around the country. One of Beth’s first jobs in New York City was with the Metropolitan Opera House where she was a dancer in Bluebeard’s Castle with the legendary Jessye Norman and Samuel Ramey. A Usual Suspect with New York Theater Workshop for several years and a Board Member at the Barrow Group Theater Company, Beth Lane, wowed the owners of New York City’s famous Iridium Jazz Club where she debuted and released her CD, Lies of Handsome Men, (available on iTunes). A fiercely independent artist, Beth is known to have keen insight and originality in her interpretations. She doesn't sing her Jazz Standards; she acts them, telling stories that break your heart with one glance, then she deftly leaves you crying with laughter.
Life in Los Angeles
Beth plays a newscaster in Francis Ford Coppola's Live Cinema Experiment, Distant Electric Vision. In Alexander Baack's indie hit, Hollywood Musical, Beth plays a tough and gritty agent who finds her heart. Her first gig in Los Angeles was West Coast Ensemble’s Assassins, directed by Richard Israel. Beth played Sara Jane Moore; the much heralded production garnered the Los Angeles Critic's Award for "Best Ensemble." Beth narrates over 40 voices in the audiobook, The Bride Price, which is available on Audible and iTunes. Her CD Lies of Handsome Men is available on iTunes and Spotify. Beth enrolled at UCLA’s esteemed school for Theater Film and Television in 2015 and was one of 8 actors selected to join the MFA program. She graduates in June 2018 after having played seminal roles such as Helen in Helen, Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart and she is currently rehearsing the role of Amanda in The Glass Menagerie.
Why Graduate school?
“It became clear to me that the industry was changing and I knew I had a lot to learn about new media and content creation. I felt that with UCLA in my own backyard, that reinventing myself with the mentorship of the best professors, who are highly successful working artists, was an exciting opportunity. I came into graduate school as an actress and a singer and I am leaving as a director, playwright, producer & professor who also acts and sings. I am so proud to be a member of UCLA’s creative community.”
Currently Beth is directing and producing a documentary film entitled, Worin. The film is about normal people who choose humanity over apathy. The film is inspired by two Catholic farmers who hid Beth’s mother and her six siblings for nearly two years outside Berlin during the height of WWII. Worin began principle photography in March of 2018 in Jerusalem and London and is actively seeking investors.
Beth is also writing a one woman play entitled, Lina, which is about her biological grandmother who perished at Auschwitz in 1943.