“Think of talent not as a thing, but as a process; not as something we have or are born with, but as something we do and keep doing to inevitably arrive at mastery.”- reworked from a quote by David Shenk
You can not build on your weaknesses, so stop feeding them. You can only build on that which is amazing about you.
I’m a New York trained actress who has worked as a professional actor, director and acting coach in Toronto, New York, and Portland for over 30 years. It has been a very rewarding experience helping speakers, actors, writers, film-makers, directors, artists and singers to grow in their art and their life.
My professional work includes over 300 movies, television series, soaps, commercials, industrials and voice-overs.
Some of my credits include (TV – movies, series, soaps) All My Children, As the World Turns, So the Story Goes, Duplicates, Without Warning: Terror in the Towers, Praying Mantis, Under Suspicion and Nowhere Man. Theatre credits (New York and Toronto) include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Beau Strategem, Hay Fever, Round and Round the Garden, A Little Night Music, The Cat and the Canary, Icarus’s Mother and Trojan Women.
I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY), receiving the Jehlinger Award in recognition of my work. I graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and received a scholarship to study in Poland at the Grotowski workshop as well as at the Film Institute in Lublin (Polanski’s alma mater).
I had an exciting time collaborating with poet/playwright Victoria Sullivan as Co-artistic Director of the Women’s Production Company in New York City where I got to direct and act in plays specifically written for and about women.
I am a member of the NSA (National Speakers Association), AFTRA (American Federation of Television Artists), SAG (Screen Actors’ Guild). AEA (Actors’ Equity Association), ACTRA, (Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists), NWBN (Northwest Business Network), and the NWCA (North West Coaches Association), BDI ( Business Development Network) and Portland Civic Theatre Guild.
As a speaking/presentation coach, I work as a consultant for various firms as well as conduct private sessions in authentic communication. I am proud of my work as adviser and producer for ITAFARI an organization helping the people of Rwanda rebuild their country. For more information go to their website www.itafari.org
SOME OF MY PREVIOUS CLIENTS INCLUDE:
| Nike | adidas | G. Thornton & Associates, Inc. | Battleground Chamber of Commerce | NSA Oregon Fast Track Seminar | Oregon Public Broadcasting (Oregon Art Beat) | The Oregon Zoo | The Catholic Charities of Portland | The Maritime Museum in Astoria | Lara Media Services | Portland Bureau of Sustainability & Development.
A list of my past and current clients can be found here.
I am proud of the work I’ve done with Teen actors in helping them present important works to their community dealing with teen immigrants (Border Crossings) and Portland’s remaining holocaust survivors (NAKT: Stories from the Holocaust). See REVIEWS
As a director I have felt honored to have been the acting coach/director on TANGOING WITH TORNADOES a wonderful play about domestic abuse, written by award winning Oregonian journalist, S. Renee Mitchell.
I enjoyed my work as acting coach on the movie, WELCOME TO MY SCENE (about an 80’s Portland punk rock band the Oily Bloodmen).
For Acting Classes and Coaching, Professional Public Speaking Coaching, or a Key Note Speaker in Portland, Oregon, check out these 5-Star Testimonials.
"Barbara Kite has vital enthusiasm for training actors and providing the tools for artistic, business, and personal growth. She has the knowledge, technique, and capabilities. I recommend her highly to anyone who wants to move to the next level of excellence in their work and life."
Professor, Acting/Directing; Resident Artist at Portland State University, founder and artistic director, Our Shoes are Red/The Performance Lab
"Barbara's workshop helped me focus my presentation and pace myself very effectively. Her attitude about public speaking as a natural extension of our own personality and genuineness is refreshing and enjoyable! With her encouragement, I was able to address a large professional group, and hold the audience's attention for a full-day training, feeling confident and relaxed. I heartily recommend work with Barbara for anyone who would like better skills and more fun out of speaking to groups."
Kate McNulty, LCSW
"Barbara delivered an amazing, inspirational address at a party that I hosted for 72 women where she shared with us her journey in living an authentic life. She kept it so real and said thoughts we all have but do not necessarily have the guts to say. It still stands out in my mind how many women stood up and shared themselves at this event. She so richly deserved the standing ovation that she received."