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Lorna Brunelle


Lorna J. Brunelle is a native of Middleboro, Massachusetts. During her senior year at the Middleboro High School, Lorna received the Louisa Burt Wood Pratt Scholarship which enabled her to attend The Boston Conservatory. After receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre/Directing, Lorna began performing, directing, and teaching throughout Massachusetts. On August 2nd, 1995, she opened the doors of The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts. Since then Lorna has dedicated her life to enhancing artistic awareness. Her students, ranging from toddler to adult, have had success in all areas of the arts. In the fall of 2000, Lorna joined the team at Boston Casting Inc., as an On Camera Acting instructor, casting associate, and casting director. During her time there she has worked on FEVER PITCH, THE GAME PLAN, FURRY VENGEANCE, the game show DEAL OR NO DEAL, and many commercial projects. Hundreds of her on camera acting students have landed jobs in commercial, film, live theatre, and voice over work.

Relaxing on Memorial Day Weekend 2010

As a pageant consultant/coach, Lorna has prepared title holders from all over New England for the Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss National Teenager pageants. Lorna’s student Valerie Amaral, Miss Massachusetts 2007, won the talent award at Miss America in January of 2008 for her vocal presentation of “Anyway”. She also won the Children's Miracle Network MIRACLE MAKER Award. Lorna coached Miss Massachusetts 2009, Amanda Kelly for her vocal presentation at Miss America in January 2010. Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen 2009, Brianna Bostick studied with Lorna for the national pageant in Orlando in August of 2009. Miss Massachusetts National Teenager 2009 Devon Williams recently won the national vocalist award at the national pageant in Nashville on August 2nd, 2009 and placed top 10. Lorna is an official talent sponsor/vocal coach of the Miss Massachusetts Pageant and Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen Pageant. On June 28th, 2008, Lorna was honored as the Miss Massachusetts 2008 Woman Of Achievement at the Miss Massachusetts Pageant in Fall River for her community service and humanitarian efforts. Since 1999, Lorna’s students have won over 125 crowns, titles, and awards in pageant systems all over the country. She is a state approved judge for the Miss Massachusetts pageant. For more information visit www.burtwoodschool.com and click on the Pageant link.

As the official vocal coach of the Miss Massachusetts pageant, Lorna has donated over $10,000 worth of free lessons to help prepare titleholders on their road to Miss America or nationals.

A few of her recent performance credits include: Singing The National Anthem at Fenway Park, The Massachusetts State House, Gillette Stadium, The Moheagan Sun, The Vietnam Moving Wall, and The Relay For Life. She was the featured performer at the Reynolds Society Dinner for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. She performed with Broadway Legend Betty Buckley, in "New Ways to Dream" along side the 2005 American Idol Top 10 Finalist (and fellow Boston Conservatory graduate) Constantine Maroulis. She performed in the “Make Our Garden Grow” concert with Madeline Kahn at Symphony Hall in Boston. Since 1993, Lorna has directed, produced, and performed in over 80 shows, concerts, recitals, galas and plays









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Lorna with Roger
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Lorna at The Miss Southcoast Pageant
with her students Aly Levy and Maggie Wakim April 2010

Some of her favorite directorial experiences have included: Gypsy, Tea & Sympathy, Music Man, Here's Love, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys & Dolls, You Can't Take it With You, Peter Pan and Mama Drama. Lorna has also produced the following musicals: Annie, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Oliver, Anything Goes, Bye, Bye Birdie, Grease, Music Man, Godspell, Footloose, Into the Woods, Fame, Those Summer Nights, High School Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wiz, Thank You For the Music and Man in The Mirror. Plays: Spoon River Anthology, Our Town, Haymarket Eight, The Laramie Project, Antigone, A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life. Movies: Rhinoceros, The Assassin, The Protectors, Farm Force, 3:15, Shoe, De Zomer Kamp, Most People, Pock Sox (winner of 2009 BEST OF BOSTON 48 Hour Film Project), Midafternoon, Summer Camp Reform, and Zombies.

In the early part of her career, Lorna was a consultant and teacher for The Massachusetts Department of Education, serving as the creative and performing arts teacher for physically challenged children at the Massachusetts State Hospital School in Canton, and as a Shakespeare teacher and curriculum consultant for students in state facilities including Taunton State Hospital, Plymouth House of Correction, and Camp Squanto, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Additional resume credits include: Designing the Summer Arts curriculum and working as a voice teacher for the New Bedford Public School System, the Middleborough Public Library; working as a private Voice Teacher in the Middleboro and New Bedford school systems, being the featured performer in a self-written show entitled "A Century of Music", singing for weddings and funerals across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In her spare time, Lorna loves giving back to her community. She has served as a volunteer on campaigns for Massachusetts State Representatives Tom O'Brien (D), Tom Calter (D), and Steve Canessa (D). She also volunteered at Camp Edwards for five weeks for the guests of Louisiana dislocated by Hurricane Katrina. She is a guest speaker at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, and spends much of her time trying to raise Thyroid Cancer Awareness. She was recently featured in a national PSA about thyroid cancer nerve monitoring, and a documentary about Mass Eye and Ear. A list of her volunteer credits can be seen on the GIVING BACK link on this site.

In 2005, Lorna released her first solo CD, "On the Line" and she recently published her first book DIRTY BOMBSHELL-FROM THYROID CANCER BACK TO FABULOUS. (visit authorhouse.com to purchase a copy or dirtybombshell.net to read more about her story) Lorna lives in Middleboro with her husband Roger in the historic 1840 Ebenezer Soule House and tries to find time to work in her gardens.

June 4th, 2007 Lorna at the WPEP Radio Studio doing
and interview for her book with radio personality Mike Campeau.
"and [Lorna] serves as a voice for the fine efforts of the Chernobyl Children Project USA Inc. a group that offers free medical care to the children of the ontaminated Chernobyl region where thyroid cancer is at an all time high."

HONORS: October 27th, 2006 Lorna was honored as Person of the Year (the youngest person to ever receive such an award) by the Middleboro Rotary for her Vocational and Civic/Community Excellence.

On June 28th, 2008, Lorna was honored as the Miss Massachusetts 2008 Woman Of Achievement at the Miss Massachusetts Pageant in Fall River for her community service and humanitarian efforts.

On July 20th, 2008, the Chernobyl Children Project USA Inc. President Patty Doyle awarded Lorna with the Joyce Feeley Award for her extraordinary service, dedication and love for God's Children of the Chernobyl Region.

In 2009, Lorna was appointed as the official vocal coach for the Miss Massachusetts Pageant and was selected to be a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

On October 22nd, 2010, she received the Boston GBOS Image Award for Best Artistic Director/Best Acting Coach. During the award ceremony, The Boston City Council proclaimed October 22 Lorna J. Brunelle Day for her great community service and humanitarian efforts.

On September 1st, 2010, she opened The Alley Theatre, a performance venue for artists of all ages.


Lorna has been working at Boston Casting since 1999 teaching "On Camera Acting" and during the busier times of the year, working as a casting assistant for owner Angela Peri.

Vietnam Moving Wall Ceremony the
2nd week of June, 2008.
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Lorna with Step Son Brent and Husband Roger. Brent graduated
from Upper Cape Voc Tech High
School in June of 2006
Lorna with Devon and Val a week before
her diagnosis December 2004 at the
Middleboro Mass Christmas Parade.


All of the girls seen in this photo studied with Lorna and all of
them (even the girl on the far left seen without a crown) had won titles
the year this photo was taken. Throughout Lorna's entire recovery she prepared students for pageant season '05. Three weeks after her surgery
she even attended a pageant for one of the girls seen above.

For more about Lorna's work as a pageant
consultant go to www.burtwoodschool.com

Lorna and Molly Whalen watch thyroid surgery
performed by Lorna's surgeon Dr. Greg Randolph at
the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston on Friday, May 16, 2008.


CCP families with Lorna at the Middleboro carnival
July 3rd, 2007.


Lorna with long time students at her Person of the
Year event October 2006.Molly Whalen student since
1995, right, Devon Williams students since 1996, left.


























Lorna with her grandmother
Concetta Sept 20, 2008.

Lorna with student, co-worker and friend
Valerie Amaral Miss Massachusetts 2007.
Click on the Photo for a link to the
South Coast Today Article.

Lorna with Miss Massachusetts Valerie Amaral at the 2008 Miss America Pagent.

The last photos taken of my perfect neck. January 2005 a week before my surgery.

Lorna and her friend Susan


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