Dori O’Dea (teaching: AUDITION TECHNIQUE – ACTING) is a native of Pennsylvania and has joyously worked with Zakarak as a costumer, wardrobe stylist, and performer for over 10 years. In addition to designing costumes, she is an established stage actress who has performed in Philadelphia with the Arden, Wilma, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Caravan, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and Philadelphia Theatre Company over her twenty-year stage career. In Chicago, she was selected from a nationwide search to study with the original ensemble members at Steppenwolf Theatre, with a focus on scene study, improvisation, Viewpoints, and performance. Moving on to Seattle, she performed with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Artswest. In New York City, she is happy to have co-founded and performed with the theatre company known as the Cockeyed Optimists aka CEO Theatre and continued her studies in monologue and audition technique at Atlantic Theatre Company. Dori produces and manages a webisode and blog called My Peculiar Life, and is also the designer and owner of Ike Designs Jewelry that can be found in boutiques across the country. Working with students at New York University, she helps them fine-tune their communication skills, and teaches jewelry design and craft to students of all ages through Sheffield University. One of her greatest joys has been working with students of all ages in New York, privately coaching audition and monologue technique to fellow actors embarking on an acting career.