Working as a professional actor for the past 44 years, Laurence Ballard has performed in over 200 productions in regional theaters across America. Internationally, over a three-year collaboration with Suzuki Tadashi and his The Tale of Lear project, he performed in Toga-mura, Mito City and Tokyo, Japan. In 1990 he traveled to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia to appear in the award-winning children’s film,The Falcon, the first co-production of its kind between the US and the USSR. Awarded a Fox Foundation Fellowship in 1999, he went to London to study Alexander Technique, voice at the RSC, and to audit productions in the West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A native of Washington State, he presently resides in the state of Georgia.
As a director, he has directed productions for Seattle's ACT Theatre, the Washington State Arts Commission, Cornish College of the Arts, the University of Washington, among others.
Also a teacher, he is currently employed at a small, private, college in the South, joining the faculty in the autumn of 2007. From 1995 through 2002, he taught at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department as an Adjunct Associate Professor. He is a member of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).