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Acting for Film Department

Peter Allen Stone Peter Allen Stone
Chair of Acting for Film

Peter Allen Stone is an actor, director, writer, and teacher in New York City. He has performed extensively in film, television, and on regional and off-Broadway stages. Some of his acting credits include: “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and numerous commercials. Stone co-wrote the critically acclaimed play “Unnatural Acts,” which premiered at Classic Stage Company in New York City in 2011 and received a 2012 Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Play, G.L.A.A.D. Media Award Nomination, Off-Broadway Alliance Award Nomination, and an Honorable Mention for Top 10 Plays of 2011 by The Advocate. He worked as a casting assistant at Mackey Sandrich Casting, where he assisted on the casting for “The Green Zone” and “The Adjustment Bureau” with Matt Damon, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and “The Good Guy” with Bryan Greenberg.

He has taught internationally at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea; Florence, Italy; Mumbai, India; and for the University of Heidelberg in Germany. His former students have appeared on Broadway (“The Lion King,” “Motown the Musical”), Film (“Life of Pi,” “Death Note,” “King Cobra,” “Unbroken,” “Men in Black III,” “Jamesy Boy,” “The Life and Death of John Gotti”), television (“Modern Family,” “The People V. O.J. Simpson: A Crime Story,” “Law and Order SVU,” “The Blacklist,” “The Apprentice,” “Power Rangers Megaforce”), and more. Stone is a graduate of the MFA Acting Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.

Glynis Rigsby Glynis Rigsby

MFA Directing, Yale School of Drama. Credits include Britten's Rape of Lucretia for the Opera Project, Britannia Triumphans for the Yale Center for British Art, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, Public Theater, HERE. Member SSDC.

Victor Verhaeghe Victor Verhaeghe
Meisner Technique, Acting for Film

Victor Verhaeghe has begun filming his third season in the recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire", starring Steve Buscemi. Other television credits include: Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Damages, Bored to Death, Ugly Betty, Fringe, Sex and the City, Spin City and the Law & Orders (nine times).

Blanche Baker Blanche Baker

A veteran actor of stage and screen, Baker first made her television debut in the miniseries Holocaust for which she won an Emmy Award and went on to appear in numerous other television movies and series, including the recent HBO film Taking Chance. She is also well-known for her turn in the classic film Sixteen Candles and she made her Broadway debut in 1980 in the Edward Albee adaptation of Lolita.

Connor Bond Connor Bond

Connor Bond is a native of Portland, Oregon, and grew up surrounded by trees and jazz. Recently in New York City, Connor has been seen in “The Cabaret at the End of the World” with Hard Sparks at IRT and in The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of “Troilus and Cressida,” directed by Dan Sullivan. Connor regularly acts in productions at the Metropolitan Opera. Regionally, he has done “Richard III,” “Henry IV Pt 1,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “The Winter's Tale,” “Camelot,” “The Foreigner,” “Legally Blonde,” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Film/TV credits include “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “Boiling Pot,” and “Eidola.” MFA: Acting, University of California Irvine.

Amy Van Horne Amy Van Horne

Amy Van Horne holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she studied under the tutelage of William Esper, Maggie Flanigan and Loyd Williamson. Amy went on to have a successful TV and film career spanning over 15 years, appearing in such shows as “The City,” “Cold Case,” “Strong Medicine,” “The Beach Boys: An American Family,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place,” and “Push.” Amy has been teaching for over 10 years in New York and L.A. and also works as a private acting coach and as a professional on-set acting coach for film and TV.

Anna M. Cianciulli Anna M. Cianciulli
Acting for Film

Editor of the Italian edition of Sanford Meisner's "On Acting" ("Sulla recitazione") Nomination - Best Actress - International Festival of Cinema and Technology. Director and Actor for dramatic presentations at: The Kitchen (BAM Event); Joyce Soho; St. Peter's Church; Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station. Collaborations staged with Domenica Cameron-Scorsese; Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon; Felix Cavaliere, Brian Dennehy; Roberto Benigni.

Michael Laibson Michael Laibson
Acting for Film

Michael Laibson is an Emmy winning Producer of Daytime Dramas. For over twenty years, he led the creative teams at All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and Another World.

He started in the business as an actor, getting his degree in Theatre at UCLA, and then performing in Los Angeles and New York in productions ranging from classical to musical. He directed Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, Thieves, and Loneliest Game in Town in NYC before moving into Television Production.

Michael directed the award winning production of The Savior of Fenway at the New York International Fringe Festival, the critically acclaimed Christopher Durang play, Laughing Wild for the Garage Theatre in Teaneck, NJ, and most recently the revival of Eugene O"Neil's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Anna Christie at the Tank Theatre in Manhattan.

Michael has been teaching Acting for the Camera and Directing Actors at the New York Film Academy (in NY, Abu Dhabi, and DisneyWorld) for over ten years. He also is on staff at Primary Stages, the Equity Theatre in NYC, and at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Rico Rosetti Rico Rosetti

Rico is an actor/director/teacher based in New York. He's taught classes or led workshops at Rutgers University, The Acting Studio in Philadelphia, Pratt University, Delaware County Community College, among others. Stage credits include A Doll House (Torvald), American Fairy Tales (ensemble), Trojan Women (Menelaus), Gingham Dog (Vince), Our Lady of 121st St (Balthazar), Hurlyburly (Eddie). TV: "Law & Order," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Guiding Light," "All My Children." As a director he has helped develop a number of original works, including A Gentleman from Mississippi which premiered at the Century Theater in NYC before touring nationally. Rico holds an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Rob Leo Roy Rob Leo Roy

Rob Leo Roy is a New York City-based actor, teacher and director. Rob is a 30-year alumni company member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre and has performed regionally across the U.S. and in New York, including Off-Broadway. Film credits include “No Reservations” and “Touched with Fire.” TV credits “High Maintenance,” “The Sopranos,” “Limitless,” “Blue Bloods,” “Rescue Me,” and each of the “Law & Order” series. National commercials include Verizon, Yahoo,, Eggos and Capital One Bank. Rob is an audiobook narrator for and corporate trainer and presenter, having assisted such companies as the Fire Department of New York, Cardinal Health, Macquarie Bank, AspenRe and GenRe. As a director and teacher, Rob has directed numerous one-act plays off-Broadway and has filmed over 65 short independent films in association with New York Film Academy.

David Shalansky David Shalansky

After moving to New York City in 1996, David Shalansky became successful in TV commercials and worked steadily in New York and regional theatre. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003, working in TV and independent films and producing original content before returning to New York in 2014. He continues to write and produce web series as well as act in TV, film, commercials and voiceovers. He is best known for his recurring role on “Gilmore Girls” and has recently worked on such shows as “Vinyl,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Divorce” with Sarah Jessica Parker, and “Grey’s Anatomy.” He is also a professional drummer and plays in several LA and NYC bands. BFA: Acting, Boston University.

Anika Solveig Anika Solveig

Anika Solveig is an actor and director in New York City. She teaches acting, voice, speech, movement, and Shakespeare at the New York Film Academy, AMDA and City College of New York. In 2014 she was a resident artist with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival while simultaneously teaching voice and text at the California Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, she has taught acting, voice and speech at the University of California, Irvine, while she studied with Master Fitzmaurice voice teachers Phil Thompson and Cynthia Bassham. Anika has performed regionally with Frank Theater at the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Shakespeare Orange County, New Swan Shakespeare Co., and Counter-Balance Theater Co. In New York, she has performed with Barefoot Theatre, Brick-a-brack, Looking Glass, Amios, terraNOVA, and Panapoly Lab.

Liz Stanton Liz Stanton

Liz Stanton is a multifaceted theatre artist whose award-winning performances have been praised in New York City, regionally and around the world. She specializes in devising theatrical performance, and teaching physical acting and embodied voice. She is also a theatrical development producer for Convergences Theatre Collective. MFA: Contemporary Performance, Naropa University.

Jason Tate Jason Tate

Jason Paul Tate is an actor, movement director and teaching artist. Performance credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Strindberg Rep. He has directed movement and fights for Classic Stage Company, Lesser America, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Florida Rep, The New School, and The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. As an acting, movement and combat teacher, he has served at Hofstra, Florida State, University of Kentucky, the Asolo Conservatory, University of Central Florida, Texas A&M and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts.

David Vando David Vando

Scholarship student at Columbia University, BS Contemporary Literature, MFA Playwriting, Folger Library Fellowship in Shakespearean Studies recipient, Forest Robert's International Playwriting Prize winner, whose theatre works have been performed in Europe as well as America. Published works include, THE MASK AND THE MIRROR, an anthology of three plays, and SHAKESPEARE FOR THE 21st CENTURY going into its second edition.

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