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Lynda Goodfriend Lynda Goodfriend
Chair of Acting

BFA, Southern Methodist University. Studied with Lee Strasberg. Veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Series regular on “Happy Days,” “Who’s Watching the Kids,” and “Blanksy’s Beauties.” Feature film roles in “Pretty Woman,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Front,” “Beaches,” and “Nothing in Common.”

Louis Gossett Jr. Louis Gossett Jr.
Special Lectures, Master Classes

Winner of an Academy Award for his role in Officer and a Gentleman, and winner of two Emmys and two Golden Globes. Over 150 film and television acting credits, including memorable roles in A Raisin in the Sun, Iron Eagle, Toy Soldiers, and Blue Chips.

Kenneth Lerner Kenneth Lerner
Business of Acting, Scene Study

BA, Brooklyn College. Appearances on over 40 films and 100 television shows, including “The Mentalist,” “NCIS,” “In Plain Sight,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Castle,” “Weeds,” “CSI,” “Without a Trace” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” Starred in productions at Pasadena Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, and Off-Broadway.

Arden Kaywin Arden Kaywin
Speech, Singing for Actors

MFA in Music in Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music; BFA of Music in Vocal Performance, Oberlin Conservatory. Kaywin is a Los Angeles-based voice teacher and vocal producer. She produces vocals for recording artists from major labels (Radio Killa/Interscope/MySpace Records) to indie artists (ZVision Records, PEGA Records) to young 'tween artists (Kidz Bop).

Robert Allan Ackerman Robert Allan Ackerman
Master Classes, Scene Study

Director Emmy, Golden Globe, DGA, AFA, and SAG Award-winning films including “Safe Passage,” “The Ramen Girl,” and “Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows.” Director of Broadway productions including “Bent,” “Slab Boys,” and “Extremities.” Director of West End productions including “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Burn This,” and “Our Town.”

Jordan Auten Jordan Auten
Film Craft

MFA in Directing and Production, UCLA. BA in Media Studies, University of San Francisco. Award winning filmmaker, she recently produced an audience favorite and Independent Spirit Award nominee, entitled “Mamitas.” She continues to develop several feature film projects soon to be on the silver screen.

Lindsay Beamish Lindsay Beamish
Meisner, Performance Analysis

MFA in Creative Writing, University of Wyoming; BA in Theatre Arts, University of California at Santa Cruz. Award-winning actress, known for roles in feature films including John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus.” Multiple television credits, including “CSI,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Six Feet Under.” Extensive work in theatre, dance, and as a freelance writer.

Michael Bershad Michael Bershad
Business of Acting, Acting Technique

BA, University of Maryland. Studied with Stella Adler, David LeGrant and Michael Shurtleff. Series regular on NBC soap opera "Capitol", and also appeared in numerous films. Has worked as agent, manager, and casting director. Produced, co-wrote, and starred in “Dispatch,” voted Best Overall Film at the 2011 Offshoot Film Festival. Has taught acting for 25 years in Los Angeles.

Andrew Bloch Andrew Bloch
Acting for Film

MFA in Acting and Directing, California State University, Long Beach; BA in English Literature, Middlebury College. Director and actor in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Adjunct faculty at CSU Long Beach and USC.

Simon Brooke Simon Brooke
Meisner

MFA in Theatre Arts, CSU Long Beach; BA in Political Science, Minor in Drama, University of Arizona; Two-year program, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. Actor in commercials, on stage, and television including appearances on NYPD Blue, The Shield, CSI, Desperate Housewives, Frasier, JAG, Melrose Place, Charmed, VIP, USA High, One World, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, As the World Turns, and One Life to Live.

David Brooks David Brooks
Scene Study, Monologues

Brooks has been an actor for thirty years, working on Broadway as well as in in film and television, shooting on locations around the world. He has been a professional life coach for ten years and a teacher on and off for thirty years.

Gail Bryson Gail Bryson
Text Analysis, Acting Technique, Scene Study

BA in Acting, UCLA; Grad school work in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University; Conservatory training, American Conservatory Theatre and South Coast Reparatory Theatre. Bryson received advanced Meisner training with Edward Kaye Martin in LA and NYC, and Shakespeare training with Deborah Strang at Noise Within Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jennice Butler Jennice Butler
Speech, Voice & Movement

MFA in Acting, UC Irvine; BS in Theatre, University of Evansville. Actress known for her roles in “How to Fake it in America” and “Car Jockeys,” her work in commercials, and extensive teaching experience.

Christopher Cass Christopher Cass
Acting for Film

BA in Theatre, University of Georgia. NY and LA credits include “Rounding Third,” “Jerusalem,” “Gaining Ground,” “RFK” (Off-B'way), “Sleepwalk,” “Born in the RSA,” “Much Ado” (Central Park), “Henry V” (Off-B'way) and “Macbeth.” Television credits include: “ER,” “Like Family,” “Tucker,” “Fired Up,” “Cedric the Entertainer,” “Night Court,” and many more.

Mary Cobb Mary Cobb
Shakespeare

BA in Theatre Arts, San Diego State University. Actress known for her multiple roles with The Actors Studio, Uprising Theatre Company, The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company and others, as well as her roles in film. Member of SAG and AEA for over 30 years.

Anastasia Coon Anastasia Coon
Voice, Movement

MFA in Acting, University of Texas, Austin; BFA in Communications/Acting, Chapman University. Theatre and movement instructor at USC, UCLA, Glendale College, Pasadena Playhouse, UT Austin, and many more.

Jean Claude Deering Jean Claude Deering
Technique, Scene Study

BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Film and TV credits include “The Ugly Truth,” “The Land of the Astronauts,” "Entourage," "Inside the Box" (pilot for ABC), "Hawthorne," "Criminal Minds," and "North Palm Wrestling" (MTV). Worked as business development intern for Sony Pictures and Screen Gems, and as a copy writer for Chiat/Day.

Maria Del Bagno Maria Del Bagno
Dance

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Maria Del Bagno has been a dance instructor in Los Angeles for over 25 years, including at Moro Landis Studios, Millennium Dance Complex, and Dance Arts Academy. She apprenticed under renowned master choreographer, Jaime Rogers, and the “Father of Jazz Dance,” Luigi. Named one of L.A.’s top choreographers by L.A. Jazz Dance Foundation.

Debra Dragotto-Parker Debra Dragotto-Parker
Acting Technique, Text Analysis, Writing for Actors

MFA in Screenwriting, UCLA; BFA in Drama; Hofstra University. Industry leader in reality television, with experience in directing, writing, casting, producing, and consulting in English and Spanish-language television.

Bruce Ducat Bruce Ducat
Acting for Film, Acting Technique

BFA in Theatre Performance: Directing, Concordia University, Montreal. Acting and dialogue coach on multiple television series and feature films. Has coached Julie Andrews, Chris Farley, Rider Strong, Larisa Oleynik, Jennie Garh, Laura Kightlinger, and many more.

Jamie Elvey Jamie Elvey
Meisner, Psychology of Acting

MFA in Acting, University of California, Irvine; BFA in Acting, University of Buffalo. Acting experience in multiple films, as well as principal roles in theatre festivals worldwide.

Cathy Giannone Cathy Giannone
Scene Study, Meisner

BFA from Strasberg Institute at NYU. Lifetime member of Actors Studio. Has taught at Artist Theatre Group and Third Street Theatre. Recipient of two Drama Circle Awards and four DramaLogue Awards.

Maria Gobetti Maria Gobetti
Acting Technique, Scene Study, Meisner

MA and BA in Theatre, UCLA. Artistic Co-Director at The Victory Theatre Center, with over 80 directing credits. Member of DGA, SAG, AFTRA, AEA. Multiple acting credits in episodic television.

Scott Hartmann Scott Hartmann
Film Craft, Thesis Advising

MFA in Film Production, Chapman University. His independent short films have screened at festivals all over the world, garnering a number of awards. He has worked with many great performers, including Joseph Runningfox (Geronimo, Ravenous) and Misty Upham (Frozen River, August: Osage County).

Clayton B. Hodges Clayton B. Hodges

Clayton B. Hodges is a professional actor, producer, director and teacher. His acting experience includes 13,000 highway miles of US touring productions, his theatre company’s featured performance on NPR as well as various collaborations with an award-winning London Fringe theatre. Recently, his acting was nominated for 2013 Broadway World San Francisco Award for Best Featured Actor in Play and his directing was nominated for 2014 Tulsa Award for Theatre Excellence (TATE) award. He received his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Drama and his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre.

Travis Holder Travis Holder
Text Analysis, Playwrights/Screenwriters

Training at Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts, Goodman Theatre at University of Chicago. Theatre critic for Back Stage West and Entertainment Today. Actor in award-winning theatre roles nationally, as well as feature films.

Jack Huang Jack Huang
Stage Combat, Stunt Workshop

MA in Commercial Music, CSU Los Angeles; BM in Classical Violin Performance, UCI; Certificate in Film Scoring, UCLA. He was the teenage martial arts champion in nunchucks in Taiwan, the Taiwan government-selected martial artist for the US performance team of 1983, and then, the World Cup Middle Weight Champion at the 1987 Los Angeles Open.

Kelly Hughes Kelly Hughes
Acting for Film, Acting for Television

Hughes started her professional career as a child actress in the film “Hellfighters” with John Wayne and in several plays at Houston’s Alley Theatre. Professional dancer with the Houston Ballet, Feld Ballet (principal) and American Ballet Theatre (soloist). Extensive credits on Broadway, in television, music videos, and film.

Lovensky Jean-Baptiste Lovensky Jean-Baptiste

Lovensky Jean-Baptiste is a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting graduate from UCLA's school of Theater Film and Theater. Lovensky made his television debut opposite Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer. He has gone on to guest star on a myriad of shows including Boston Legal, NCIS: Los Angeles, Burn Notice, and has recurred on the hit show 24. On stage Lovensky has several credits including the staring role in the US premier of Athol Fugard's Victory.

Suzanne Kent Suzanne Kent
Scene Study, Comedy & Improvisation, Monologues, Voice

Series regular on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Garry Shandling Show,” and “Brotherly Love.” Voice actor on “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” and “Rocket Power.” Over 30 acting credits in feature films, including “Middle Men,” “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” “Nuts,” “The Boost,” and “History of the World: Part I.”

Rick Kostenick Rick Kostenick
Audition Technique, Acting for Film

Kostenick is a former talent agent and A&R representative for music acts. He currently focuses on production of motion pictures and television.

Robert Lipton Robert Lipton
Tech, Scene Study, Text Analysis, Monologues, Method Acting for Film

Trained with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, graduated Neighborhood Playhouse program. SAG/AFTRA member. Over a dozen feature film roles, extensive stage experience, and multiple television appearances, including “Judging Amy,” “The Practice,” and “The X-Files.” Recurring roles on “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” and 6 years on “As the World Turns.”

Justin Lujan Justin Lujan
Speech II, Voice and Movement II, New Media

MFA in Acting, UC Irvine; BA in Theatre Arts, University of Northern Colorado. Creative Director of Theatre, The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Culver City High School

Lisa Maley Lisa Maley

Lisa Maley is an actor with an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and a BA in Theater from Oberlin College. She has performed in the New York theater scene, at Tony-award-winning regional theaters, and in numerous films. Her website is www.lisamaley.com.

Shane McCarthy Shane McCarthy

Shane has his MFA in Film Directing from Chapman University, Magna Cum Laude, as well as a BA in Finance from Sacred Heart University, Magna Cum Laude. He is an award winning writer/director with work in short films, feature films and commercials. He has won Best Director at the LA Comedy Shorts festival and Audience and Grand Jury Aware at the SENE Film Festival.

Denis Mccourt Denis Mccourt
Acting Technique, Text Analysis, Playwrights/Screenwriters

MFA in Acting, University of Florida; BA in Acting, University of South Florida. Actor in dozens of plays and musicals, as well as film, television, and commercials. Co-Artistic Director for Long Beach Shakespeare Company.

George Mcgrath George Mcgrath
Comedy & Improvisation, Acting for the Camera, Voice

McGrath is an actor, writer, producer, and songwriter. He has been Emmy-nominated four times for writing and producing, and is the recipient of a GLAAD Award for “Tracey Takes On” and the TV Theme Song Hall of Fame Award for the theme song from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

Kellynn Meeks Kellynn Meeks
Voice and Speech, Movement

MFA in Acting, Penn State University; BFA in Acting, University of Minnesota. Guest instructor of Movement, Voice, and Dialects at USC. Theatre instructor at Penn State University.

Francine Michelle Francine Michelle
Acting Technique, Scene Study, Film Craft

Michelle is an award-winning writer/director. She freelance directs music videos, reality projects, and corporate videos, as well as narrative projects with artists such as Ice T, Brian Krause (“Charmed”), Robert Maschio (“Scrubs”), Kim Rhodes (“Suite Life of Zach and Cody”) and Bart Johnson (“High School Musical”).

Anthony Montes Anthony Montes
Meisner, Scene Study

Montes has been teaching acting since forming The Artist Theatre Group in 1987. Anthony has studied with Sanford Meisner, Charlie Laughton, Shelly Winters, Susan Peretz, and Bob Carnegie. He has produced over 90 plays, directed numerous plays, and acted in over 60.

Anne Moore Anne Moore
Meisner

BA, Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Moore is an actress/director/producer who studied Meisner at William Esper Studio in New York City. Her credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Sex in the City,” “Law & Order,” and “Good Intentions,” and numerous off-Broadway and sketch comedy credits. Award-winning documentary filmmaker with her short Czech Daze.

Giovanni Ortega Giovanni Ortega
Movement

Founder of MEZÇLÃO. Has worked with East West Players, Playwright's Arena,The Actor's Gang, Boston Court, American New Musical Theater, Kirk Douglas Theater, and more. Film credits include: Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima, Ray of Sunshine (Newport Beach Film Festival), Twixter, CSI, and the critically-acclaimed NBC series Heroes. In addition, he has done numerous commercials and is a prominent voice actor.

Corey Pepper Corey Pepper
Comedy & Improv, Sketch Comedy

BA, SUNY at Binghamton. Founding member of National Lampoon Players, studying improv with Chris Barnes and Michael Haggarty. Graduate of Warner Bros. Comedy Writers program. Thirty years experience as actor, writer, comic and teacher. Has appeared in such projects as “Studs Lonigan” for NBC, and “The Quickening” for A&E.

Jerry Prell Jerry Prell
Voice and Speech, Movement

MFA in Acting and Theatre Pedagogy, CSU Long Beach; BFA in Drama and Acting, Carnegie Mellon University. Member of ATAS, SAG, AEA, and AFTRA. Former Dean of Musical Theatre at Hartford Conservatory, and Artistic Director of New England Academy of Theatre. Television appearances on The Young and the Restless, Hill Street Blues, Cheers, and more.

David Robinette David Robinette
Acting Technique, Acting for Film, Monologues

BA in English/Creative Writing, Hunter College; MA Performance Theory/Playwriting, California State University, Northridge. Television actor with appearances on “The Young and the Restless,” “Law & Order,” “As the World Turns,” and “All My Children.” Film role in “Cry Funny Happy,” Official Selection at Sundance.

Yolanda Sanders Yolanda Sanders
Speech, Voice & Movement

BA in Communications, Howard University; MFA in Acting, UCLA. Some of her work includes the national one-person show, “Faces of America,” Voice of America’s popular radio drama “Pay Day,” as well as other numerous radio dramas, documentaries, and PSA’s.

Matt Sarnoff Matt Sarnoff
Writing for Actors, Acting for Film

BFA, Cooper Union School of Art; MFA, NYU Tisch School of Film and Television. As a young artist, Matt was featured in the New York Daily News, and interviewed on Good Morning America. Developed projects for Fuqua Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Directed and starred in Nervosa, and directed and co-produced the television pilot Good As Gold.

Jim Senti Jim Senti
Tech and Scene Study, Thesis Portfolio

BA in Theatre, Butler University; MFA in Acting/Theatre History, Harvard University. Studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and Griffith University. Founding company member of Fugitive Kind Theatre Company. Appeared in national commercials for Chase, Target, and Joe’s Crab Shack.

Gilbert Shilton Gilbert Shilton
Acting for Television, Special Lectures

Forty-year veteran writer, producer, and director with over 40 television directing credits, including Beverly Hills: 90210, Law & Order, Quantum Leap, Knight Rider, and Magnum, P.I. His guest lecturing efforts has taken him to Canada, France, Russia, and throughout the United States.

Melissa Sullivan Melissa Sullivan
Acting for Film

BFA in Theatre, California Institute of the Arts. Teaching experience at University of Las Vegas and James Reese Acting Studio.

Yoshie Taniguchi Yoshie Taniguchi
Stunts, Stage Combat

BA in Physical Education, Tokyo University of Woman Physical Education; Conservatory, Sho Kosugi Hollywood School. Instructor of Tai Chi and Japanese swordsmanship. Assistant to martial arts master Jack C. Huang.

Cle Thompson Cle Thompson
Acting for Directors, Accent Reduction

BA in English, Beloit College. Performer in off-Broadway productions, national tours, and feature films. Teaching experience at UNC, Salem College, The Film House, and The Talent Link.

Jerri Tubbs Jerri Tubbs
Speech, Voice & Movement, Yoga for Actors

MFA in Acting, UCLA; BA Theatre Arts, San Jose State University. Nearly 30 years experience as public speaker and performer on stage, in television, and film. Instructing experience at UCLA, Signature Entertainment, and FIDM.

Johnny Walker Johnny Walker
Stand Up Comedy

BA in History and Political Science, Yale University. Has released 4 comedy albums, headlined in over 300 venues, and performed in all 50 states. Writer for television.

Cliff Weissman Cliff Weissman
Acting for Directors, Acting Technique

BA in Theatre, Brooklyn College. Professional actor with guest star and recurring roles on “NCIS,” “CSI: NY,” “Criminal Minds,” “24,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” and more. Acting and instructor and audition coach for over 25 years.

Ryan Welsh Ryan Welsh
Acting for Film, Acting for TV

MFA in Acting, UC Irvine; BA in Theatre Performance, Western Michigan University. Teaching experience at Theatre of Arts, Orange County High School of the Arts, and UC Irvine.

Alan Woolf Alan Woolf
Scene Study, Text Analysis, Monologues

MFA, NYA; BA in English, University of Rhode Island. Acted in over 175 theatrical productions. TV appearances include “Airwolf,” “The Medium,” “The Practice,” “Dragnet, L.A.,” and “Melrose Place.” Features include “Air Force One,” “The Rat Pack,” John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker,” “Smithereens.” Past president and board of directors of both Actors Alley Repertory and Theatre East.

Sile Bermingham Sile Bermingham
Acting for Film

Graduate of The Actors’ Centre and The Actors’ Studio. Actor in several television shows and feature films, including “Played” with Richard Gere. Seasoned lead actress in Broadway and off-Broadway plays. Teaching experience at Inner City Arts, Hamilton High School, Pepperdine University, The Actors Centre, The Europe, and Burlington Hall.

Michael Mccartney Michael Mccartney
Acting for Film

Actor, writer, producer, designer, and teacher who has worked extensively in film, theater and television.  Acting film credits include “Amazing Spiderman,” “Dealing,” “A Telephone Call,” “Neal Cassady,” “Confess,” “Bringing Rain,” and “Halloween Resurrection.” Television credits include Conan O’Brien, Law & Order, Conviction, and The Office.  His screenplay for “The Wreckage” was a Quarter Finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship.

George Russo George Russo
Scene Study, Acting Technique

Studied at George Morrison Studios, HB Studios, and The Actors Studio. TV credits include Bonnie Hunt, NYPD, Luck, Dirty People; Teaching experience with Julia Bavasso Studios, Chamber Theatre, Third Street Theatre, and Varick Street Studio.

Sage Simpson Sage Simpson
Meisner, Voice and Speech

MFA in Acting, UC Irvine. Instructor at UC Irvine of Meisner, Movement for Actors, Development of Theatre, and Intro to Acting.



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