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Acting for Film Department

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.”

Christopher Cass Christopher Cass
Associate Chair for Acting for Film Studies

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

Miguel Cruz Miguel Cruz
Associate Chair

BA in Economics from University of Madrid and also a Fulbright scholar. Miguel Cruz is a TV and Film director with credits in almost 200 TV episodes on several formats and genres, including two seasons of the #1 Spanish Sit-Com "Aida" and the Emmy winning "Caiga Quien Caiga". He has recently directed and produced "Vulnerable" an independent feature film widely distributed in Spain and Latin-America.

Denis McCourt Denis McCourt
Associate Chair for Performance Studies

MFA in Acting, University of Florida and BA in Acting, University of South Florida. Adjunct Professor, Long Beach City College; Professor, University of Florida; Co-artistic director, Long Beach Shakespeare Co. Artistic Director/ Founder at Public Theatre of Southern California. Performed in Plays including The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, Angels in America. Opera Musicals like Die Fledermaus, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof.

Anne Moore Anne Moore
Associate Chair for Departmental Programming

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.

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

M.Mus. Manhattan School of Music, B. Mus. Oberlin Conservatory. San Francisco Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, B.A.M., Aspen Music Festival. Vocal coach and vocal producer to artists from American Idol / X Factor / Radio Killa / Interscope / MySpace Records / Kidz Bop / ZVision Records. Songwriter and recording artist with songs featured in numerous TV shows on NBC, ABC, MTV, The CW, OWN, Discovery Channel, Bravo and Lifetime. Custom music for commercial spots for Michael Kors, Meow Mix, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Coke Life.

Robert Allan Ackerman Robert Allan Ackerman
Master Classes, Scene Study

Director of 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.”

Matthew Bamberg-Johnson Matthew Bamberg-Johnson

MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and BA in Theatre and Dance from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is the co-artistic director of the immersive entertainment company, "The Speakeasy Society," where he appeared in Ebenezer and The Johnny Cycle. Film credits include Any Bullet Will Do.

Joe Basile Joe Basile

MFA in Film from UCLA and BA from University of Delaware: concentration in Screenwriting. Award Winning Director and Filmmaker. His film West End won over 10 awards in various film festivals including Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. As an actor has appeared in over 30 television shows such as Prison Break, Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, CSI and The X-Files and 20 films such as Terminator Salvation, GIA, Primary Colors and Crime of the Century.

Walter Belenky Walter Belenky

MFA from the University of California, San Diego and BA from Colby College; The Hotchkiss School. His credits include: Television: "Law and Order: SVU," "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "One Life to Live" Film: Away From Here; Wash; They Made America; Stuck On You; Broadway: Tony Award Winning Production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" Theatre: George Street Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre.

Michael Bershad Michael Bershad
Business of Acting, Acting Technique

BA, Criminology, University of MD. Trained with Stella Adler, Michael Shurtleff, David LeGrant. Series regular, 2 seasons, "Capitol". Theatrical Agent with Stephan Gray Artists. Casting: Glenn Larson Prods, White Eagle Prods (Sylvester Stallone). Cable Ace Awards Judge, 5 years. Produced 3 films, including the feature, "Dispatch" (Netflix, Amazon), which he also wrote and starred in.

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 including a costarring role with Dustin Hoffman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN as Happy Loman. Dozens of TV appearances from Barney Miller, Mash, to Southland and Ray Donovan. Also Steven Seagal's HARD TO KILL.

Jennice Butler Jennice Butler
Speech, Voice & Movement

MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and BS in Theatre from University of Evansville. McDonald’s Commercial: “Main Event”; Lead in comedic web series, “How to Fake it in America & Car Jockeys”.

James R. Carey James Carey

MFA in Theatre Management, California State University – Long Beach. As a director, his credits include award winning productions of The Elephant Man and All My Sons, and the world premiere One Acts by Lee Blessing and Jeffery Hatcher. Has served as the Producing Artistic Director of the ATTIC Theatre located near Culver City since 1987, where his productions have won numerous awards.

Philip Casnoff Philip Casnoff

Nominated for a Golden Globe Award portraying Frank Sinatra in the Golden Globe winning film Sinatra. Credits include E.R., Frasier, How Stella Got Her Grove Back, Strong Medicine and Oz. Also directed episodes of Monk and Strong Medicine.

Mary Cobb Mary Cobb
Shakespeare

BA in Theatre Arts, San Diego State University. Los Angeles stage work includes Richard II and Richard III at the Uprising Theatre Company, As You Like It with the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, and Gertrude Stein in Hell at the Actors Art Theatre.

Joshua Coleman Joshua Coleman

MFA in Theatre from UCSD and BA in Psychology from John Hoffman University. He worked at The Guthrie Theater, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the La Jolla Playhouse. Roles include: Macbeth, Lysander, Angleo and Iago in Shakespeare’s great works. Film/TV credits include: "How to Get Away With Murder", "The West Wing", "Scandal" and "Grey’s Anatomy".

Merrilyn Crouch Merrilyn Crouch

MFA in Theater, University of Southern California. Hundreds of credits as an actress, voice over and writer/director for commercials and network promos. Narrated the film history documentary series: “Cinema in Focus” hosted by Peter Bogdanovich, as well as the PBS’ educational Documentary series “The Way We Live”. Merrilyn can be seen on the Food Network’s Good Eats in the recurring role as Alton Brown’s sister, Marsha.

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 copywriter for Chiat/Day.

Maria Del Bagno Maria Del Bagno
Dance

Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, apprenticed under renowned master choreographer, Jaime Rogers, and the “Father of Jazz Dance,” Luigi. Over 25 years of experience as a dance instructor. 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. She has worked for and with top industry executives Mark Burnett, Dick Clark and Mark Walberg. Studied acting and directing at the renowned Lee Strassberg Institute in New York City. She studied Shakespeare at the acclaimed London Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has been honored twice with highly coveted Drama-Logue Awards for Stage Direction. She produced TV series like No Boundaries, Friends or Lovers and Lover or Loser.

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.

Lawrence Dwyer Lawrence Dwyer

MFA in Theatre Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, BA from University of Nevada Las Vegas, Rutgers University. Lawrence is an actor/producer/director/writer who studied acting with William Esper and Lloyd Richards. He is the co-creator of and formerly head-acting teacher at The Paul Sorvino Meisner Intensive Acting Studio. His credits include “Guns, Girls and Gambling”, “Passions”, and the Crossroads Theater production of “Fortinbras”. He is also a producer of the feature film “Beneath the Leaves” starring Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino.

Tim Fannon Tim Fannon

MFA in Acting, Brooklyn College; BS in Theater, Skidmore College; trained at the Royal National Theatre and the British Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Extensive stage experience and commercials; film and television roles include “Kidnap”, “Bar Flies”, “After I’m Dead”, and “Review with Forrest MacNeil”. Founding member/artistic director of Fovea Floods Theater, and company member of Moving Arts.

Bob Garrett Bob Garrett

BA Theatre Arts Adelphi University. Actor on Broadway in seven shows, Recording Artist A&M Records, Television and Theatre Writer and Director including. NAACP for Rain Pryor's Fride Chicken and Latkas. Vocal coached film and pop stars from Jessica Lange to Katy Perry as well as TV shows such as American Horror Story, Life with Judy Garland and Gimme a Break!

Genevieve Gearhart Genevieve Gearhart

MFA in Acting, California Institute for the Arts; BA in Dance and Theatre, Manhattanville College. Her work has been seen at the Getty Villa, REDCAT, the Ohio Theater, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and several found spaces in Los Angeles and New York. She serves as Co-Artistic Director for The Speakeasy Society.

Ros Gentle Ros Gentle

BFA, National Institute of Dramatic Art, University of NSW, Australia; Diploma in Teaching, Balmain Teachers' College of Advanced Education, Sydney. An actress of 40 years with teaching experience at NIDA, Actors Center, Joanne Baron/DW Brown Studio, and Australian Institute of Dramatic Art.

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. Cathy Giannone is known for her work on The Bogus Witch Project, CB4 and The Little Rascals Save the Day.

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. Maria directed the critic’s choice world premieres of Jon Klein’s Suggestibility and Wishing Well. She also directed and produced the critic’s choice production of David Mamet’s Oleanna; the world premieres of American Iliad by Donald Freed. Maria was the 1992 recipient of Women in Theatre’s Outstanding Achievement In Theatre Award.

Miraj Grbic Miraj Grbic

BFA in Acting, Academy of Dramatic Arts University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Performed in more than 60 plays from such authors as Shakespeare, Moliere and Camus. Starred in 40 Feature Films an TV Shows, including “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” and “The Hunting Party” among others.

Isabella Hoffman Isabella Hoffman

BFA in Theatre & Music from Columbia College Chicago. Over 75 credits in film and television, including Golden Globe winning series “Dear John” and “Burlesque.” Other notable credits include “Curb your Enthusiasm”, “Boston Legal”, “Jag”, “Firefly”, and “Providence.” Recipient of the Joseph Jefferson award for best Actress in a Principal Role in "Teibele and Her Demon.”

Travis Holder Travis Michael Holder
Scene Study, Playwrights / Screenwriters, Monologues

Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts; Goodman Theatre at University of Chicago, trained with Uta Hagan, Stella Adler, and Kenneth McMillan. Five plays produced nationally. Veteran of six Broadway productions and numerous national and international tours. Honored with the LA Drama Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award. Prominent theatre critic since 1987 for such publications as Back Stage, Entertainment Today, and ArtsInLA.

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.

Phil Kaufman Phil Kaufman

MFA in Acting, Yale School of Drama; BA in Drama, Dartmouth College. TV appearances on “Law and Order”, “Harry’s Law”, “The Mentalist”, as well as many commercials. Director of several short films, including pilot presentation, “Intelligence” and upcoming web series, “Send Me”.

Eddie Kehler Eddie Kehler

Two year Meisner graduate with Maggie Flanigan. Studied with Wynn Handman. Actors Studio member/Board of Directors. Acting professionally from NYC to LA television, film and stage. Including; Dexter, Criminal Minds, Ally McBeal, Southland, Desperate Housewives.

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

Founding company member of The Groundlings Theatre Company in Los Angeles and created the Sunday Company program at The Groundlings. Over 30 feature film credits, including “Middle Men,” “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” “Nuts,” “The Boost,” and “History of the World: Part I”. Television series regular roles on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Garry Shandling Show,” and “Brotherly Love.” Voice actor on “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” and “Rocket Power”.

Carol Lefko Carol Lefko

BA in Radio-Television from University of Arizona. Worked at CBS under Casting Directors, Lea Stalmaster and Jean Guest. Carol has been casting Feature Films, Television, Commercials and Theatre for over 30 years. Her credits include Nike, Quaker Oatmeal and Coca Cola. She has also cast dozens of Television Movies-Of-The-Week and Mini-Series.

Joseph Limbaugh Joseph Limbaugh

BA in Drama from University of Portland. Directed, performed in, and created hundreds of improvisational shows including Cartoon Overlord, Scandal, Dark Gables, Course Correction, Rue de Monsters, Camenot, Politico! After School Specials, and many more. He was the head writer of Hollywood Saturday Night and runs the sketch and improv program for the ACME Comedy Theatre.

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. 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.”

Alexis McNab Alexis MacNab

MFA in Directing for Theater, California Institute of the Arts; BA in Theater, Oberlin College. Original works have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ohio, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her critically acclaimed clown cabaret, “Hôtel de l'Avenir” and her multi-media adaptation of Nabokov's, “Gods”.

David Matalon David Matalon

BFA in Film & TV with emphasis in Writing/ Directing from NYU Tisch. Writer/ Filmmaker with more than 18 optioned screenplays, 5 short films and 6 stage projects to his credit. WGA member. On Hollywood's Hit List for hottest specs, sold 2-hour pilot to the SyFy network & UCP.

Michael Mccartney Michael Mccartney
Acting for Film

BS in Theatre from Skidmore College. 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 Mcgrath George McGrath
Comedy & Improvisation, Acting for the Camera, Voice

Performed with the Groundlings in Los Angeles from 1983 – 1992. He co-wrote the Paramount film “Big Top Pee-wee,” and created and starred in Nick-at-Nite’s first original series, “On the Television,” which he also co-executive produced. He had a recurring role on HBO’s “Tracey Takes On,” a series he also wrote and produced.

Kellynn Meeks Kellynn Meeks
Voice and Speech, Movement

MFA in Acting, Penn State University, BFA in Acting, University of Minnesota Duluth. Lessac Certified Trainer. Studied under Arthur Lessac. Performed extensively with Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Commercial and television credits including “The West Wing.” ABC Digital’s “Boondoggle”.

Marc-Ivan O'Gorman Marc-Ivan O'Gorman

MFA in TV, Radio and Film, Syracuse University; BFA in Arts, Communication, Trinity College Dublin. Founder & director of The Irish Film Festival of India, Taylorfest & Cleverality Productions. He has produced and directed various TV commercials in Ireland & India, as well as written & directed a feature film (Black Magic) and a number of award winning short films (Trick or Treat, Infected City and Other).

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.

JP Pitoc JP Pitoc

BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. JP was honored with SAG’s award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble” for his recurring role in the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under. As a voice-over actor, he narrated the long-running series ET on MTV, has voiced national TV commercial campaigns and radio spots, and worked in video games, motion capture and animation.

Lee Quarrie Lee Quarrie

MFA in Theatre, Arizona State University. Lee toured nationally as Glenda and Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz with American Family Theatre. Her original film, "Patchwork Dreams" is a grand prize winner of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition.

Julio O. Ramos Julio O. Ramos

MFA in Film Directing and Production from UCLA; BA in Journalism from Universidad San Martin de Porres (Peru). Julio is the Writer/Director of "A Doctor's Job" and "Behind the Mirrors," films that were showcased in Telluride, Camerimage and CFC WorldWide, awarded with top prizes at Palm Springs ShortFest, Nashville and La Habana. He is an Alum of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Keiana Richard Keiana Richard

MFA from The University of California, San Diego and BA from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was a Tennessee Arts Grant Recipient as well as the Graduate Fellow Recipient at UCSD. Her credits include Broadway: Dividing The Estate produced by Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway: Ghosts, The Pearl Theatre Company and Forgotten World at The Public Theatre, and T.V: The Player on NBC and Delocated on Adult Swim.

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

MA in Performance Theory/Playwriting, California State University, Northridge and BA in English/Creative Writing, Hunter College. 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.

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.

Mary Sala Mary Sala

MFA in Performance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a Certified Lessac Kinesensic© Trainer, currently serving as President of the Lessac Training and Research Institute. She is a professional actor, voice over artist, author and has taught theatre, acting, voice, speech and movement for a combined 32 years.

Elena Sanz Elena Sanz

MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Performance to continue her training in New York where she attended the Atlantic Acting School. She has worked in film, theater and television both in Europe and the US.

Deena Selenow Deena Selenow

MFA from California Institute of the Arts and BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Directed projects both in Los Angeles and New York including: LA- REDCAT, Company of Angels, LACMA, CalArts; New York- Dixon Place, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYU. She is the Recipient of the New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Directing Fellowship.

Gilbert Shilton Gilbert Shilton

35 years in the film and television industry, with directing credits including “Law & Order”, “MacGyver”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Quantum Leap”, “The A-Team”, “La Femme Nikita”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Magnum P.I.”, and “Knight Rider”. Has written and sold scripts for features, pilots, and episodic television, while also working as a producer on several television series.

Carol Stanzione Carol Stanzione

BFA in Acting, New York University Tisch School Of the Arts/Strasberg Institute. Acting credits include “Orange Is The New Black”, “Side Effects”, “Deliver Us From Evil”, Eminem's "Stan" music video and the west coast premiere of “The Manchurian Candidate”, as well as many radio commercials and animated series. Has cast, directed and produced over 200 voiceovers for TV, film and radio.

Riley Steiner Riley Steiner

MFA in Shakespeare from Mary Baldwin College, BA in Theatre Arts from Mary Baldwin College, studied with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. Television credits include General Hospital, NYPD Blue, Civil Wars. On stage in New York, When the Young Wine Blooms with Celeste Holm, and Ophelia in Hamlet, directed by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Richard Steinmetz Richard Steinmetz

Worked off Broadway in New York for ten. His list of film, TV and voice-over credits include a series regular role on General Hospital.

Eric Stevens Eric Stevens

Theatrical agent for over 25 years. Established own agency, Rainbow High Entertainment, in 2006; in January 2013, the company transitioned to Artists Management and Production.

Tyler Stillwell Tyler Stillwell

MFA in Acting from Penn State University and BA in Acting/ Design from University of Northern Iowa. Artistic Director- Black Hawk Children's Theatre, Waterloo, IA 2003-2009. Instructor of Voice & Movement, Greek Theatre, Directing and Acting (Meisner Method) and Theatre Arts History at the University of Northern Iowa. Actor, Iowa Shakespeare Festival.

Melissa Sullivan Melissa Sullivan
Acting for Film

BFA in Theater from California Institute of the Arts. Artist in Residence, University of Las Vegas. Acting film credits include: Finding Red Cloud and The World of Tomorrow. TV credits include: E.R., Hawthorne, Dragnet. Theater credits include: James Joyce’ The Dead, The Interview, Tennessee William’s Mr. Paradise, Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

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.

Cle Thompson Cle Thompson
Acting for Directors, Accent Reduction

BA in English, Beloit College. Extensive acting experience in off-Broadway productions, national tours, and feature films including A 2nd Before Hell Freezes Over, VS, Funny Valentines and Beyond the Blue. She has worked with legendary film composer/arranger Elmer Bernstein, sung in clubs from New York to Los Angeles.

Matthew Toronto Matthew Toronto

MFA in Directing from Penn State University and BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Michigan. Director, writer, and producer of film and theatre. Feature film, “The Pact”. Acting experience includes national tours, regional theatres and 5 seasons as a dancer alongside the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

William Watterson William Watterson

BA from Brown University and is a graduate of The Second City Hollywood Conservatory and he has also trained at UCB Los Angeles. He directed and co-wrote the adventure comedy Dave Made A Maze, a feature film starring Nick Thune and James Urbaniak. He performed motion capture and voice over for the video games LA Noire and Lost Planet 3; appeared in the films Ouija, Jenny's Wedding, and Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys; and TV credits include Brooklyn Nine Nine and The Soul Man.

Dig Wayne Dig Wayne

Trained in London at the Lee Strasberg Studio. He was cast in the lead role in the musical 5 Guy's Named Moe in London's West End which won an Oliver Award for best musical. His most notable role in Los Angeles has been as Gabriel in the Actors Studio project of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fences. Dig was nominated for an Ovation Award and won a NAACP Theatre Award for supporting actor in 2007.

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.

Alan Woolf Alan Woolf
Scene Study, Text Analysis, Monologues

MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, BA in English from 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.

Michael Zelnicker Michael Zelniker
Acting for Film, Acting Technique

BA in Theatre from Dawson College's Professional Acting Program. Michael is an award winning actor and filmmaker. His film credits include the roles of Red Rodney in Clint Eastwood's "Bird" and the role of Allen Ginsberg in David Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch". On stage in plays he has performed from Shakespeare to David Mamet.

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