Lia Sargent started dance training at the age of five, studying Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Tango, African, Flamenco, International Folk Dancing, Salsa, and Belly Dancing. At nineteen, she graduated from the Canadian Mime School, mastering such skills as Pantomime, Juggling, Commedia del’Arte, Mask, Tumbling, Improvisation, Tightrope, and Unicycle. Lia attended USC, studying theatre and acting with her mother/actress & acting coach Mary Carver. Continuing to study she followed in her mother’s footsteps studying with Stella Adler.
Ms. Sargent comes from three generations of people who have contributed their various talents to the industry. As an actress/ dancer/voice artist, she has performed in over 100 film and television productions, including voice-overs and dubbing for foreign, animation, commercial and interactive releases. In 1987, Lia formed her owned voice over company, OFF THE WALLA, where she has, over the years, employed at least 200 top notch actors from all over the world. She has dubbed more than 100 foreign life action and animated films and has written and directed the English dub for over 50 Anime releases.
On film, she has had the good fortune to play opposite Whoopi Goldberg in BURGLAR, Peter Gallagher in AN INCONVENIENT WOMAN; Dabney Coleman in NEVER FORGET; in DAY ONE opposite Brain Dennehey and David Strathairn; THERE MUST BE A PONY opposite Elizabeth Taylor; SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER with Nicolette Sheridan; and SPACE, the mini-series, opposite Harry Hamlin and Blair Brown. She was absolutely delighted to work under the direction of Brain Cranston in the Educational Documentary KIDZSMART and soon to been seen in the 2010 Independent Film IN THE KEY OF ELI in which she created the role of Shoshone.
Theatre Credits include the portrayal of the young Dorothy Parker in the musical revue, YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE; originated the character Aunt Maeve in The Odyssey’s production of THE ABBEY YARD, the “strong-willed, fiery” Euphemia in THE LIQUIDATION OF GRANNY PETERMAN; a four-character voice actor for Deaf West Theatre’s production of ALADDIN; originated the role of Maggie O’Neal in Gene Autry’s Radio Hour’s production of WALK THE MOUNTAIN; portrayed six characters in SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY; the creation and portrayal of five characters for SOUP, SCHNAPPS AND SKETCHES; and played opposite her mother as Laura in THE GLASS MENAGERIE and Jessie to her Thelma in NIGHT MOTHER. She was, most recently seen, portraying Anna in Boston Marriage at GRT.
Ms. Sargent refuses to take full credit of her original theatre productions that she directed over the past eight years. She claims that the collaboration with her students is the backbone of the creation. The most recent production, SIMULATION WITH A TWIST, at the Interact Theatre Company, was quoted by the City Council’s Deputy of The City of Los Angeles; - “It’s rare that one leaves the theatre with the feeling that ones life has been enhanced, but, my life was enhanced by the evening” - “Visually, it was enchanting” - “Profoundly moving and beautifully choreographed.” - The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Coordinator; “An evening filled with fresh innovative material performed by a company of bright and exceptionally talented young artists.” - other critics voiced; “A truly remarkable piece of theatre” - “Lia’s creativity is just astonishing.” - “We only dream of being nearly so multi-cultural” - “I find the method a fascinating and valid means of creating theatre. Clearly, Lia attracted a very supportive and talented group of young artists to a new method.” - “What a concept!”
Whether she’s dancing, choreographing, acting, coaching, creating and directing voices, or directing theatre, Lia’s grasp of dramatic and artistic values in theatre, film and audio recordings, embodies inspiration, creativity and success.