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Acting for Film Department

Josephine Wilson Josephine Wilson
Chair of the Acting for Film Department in New York

Josephine Wilson has been teaching at New York Film Academy since 2015 and has served as Head of Acting for Musical Theatre for the past year. She is a New York-based actor and teacher from a tiny town in Idaho. Josephine is a company member of the nationally - acclaimed Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA, where she spent nearly 10 years acting, directing, and teaching. While there, she studied under Tina Packer and dove deeply into Kristen Linklater's work in the place where it was created and developed. Josephine has also helped Lincoln Center Theatre develop its Shakespeare curriculum for schools, and has taught in its programs since moving to New York in 2015. She is a member of The Humanist Project, a theatre company that devises new pieces rooted in the classics. She has recently been a part of a five-person Macbeth performed at the Secret Theatre, was in Macbeth for South Brooklyn Shakespeare, was a part of the Shakespeare Society's exploration of Richard III, and co-created a clown show called Quantum Fairy Tales. She has also written and developed her own show, Psyche, that she recently performed at Dixon Place. Regionally, she has performed as Annie in Table Manners, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Miss Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Amy Van Horne Amy Van Horne
Creative Director of the Acting for Film Department in New York

Amy Van Horne is an actor, teacher, and professional on-camera audition coach. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts where she studied under the tutelage of Master Teachers William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. Amy has been a professional film and television actress for over 20 years, working in both LA and New York. Selected film/TV credits include: Cost of Living, The City, The Big Easy, Hitz, Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place, Push, Veronica’s Closet, Family Rules, The Beach Boys: An American Family, Judging Amy, Strong Medicine, Cold Case, and Final Sale. She has also appeared in dozens of national network commercials. Having firsthand knowledge of the many technical challenges actors face working in front of the camera on professional film/TV sets, Amy developed and led on-camera acting technique and scene study classes that she taught for over 10 years in LA. Teaching actors to find freedom on camera became Amy’s passion, and she returned to New York in 2013 to train as a master teacher under her mentor Maggie Flanigan.

Victor Verhaeghe Victor Verhaeghe

Victor Verhaeghe has been acting professionally for over twenty-five years. Victor just wrapped a featured role in the Hugh Jackman film, Bad Education, co-starring Allison Janney, and Ray Romano. Also this year, he worked on the feature film, Peel, starring Emile Hirsch and Amy Brenneman, as well as a guest-starring role on the television show, The Americans. He also starred in a feature film, Bride in a Box, that shot in July of this year. Recent film and TV work includes: Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies; a recurring role in the HBO mini-series, The Night Of, starring John Turturro. Other recent work includes: the recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, a featured role on the NBC Pilot Allegaince; guest starring roles on Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Fringe, and several Law & Order episodes. His Off-Broadway credits include Magic Hands Freddy at Soho Rep with Ralph Macchio, Four Last Things with Royal Family Productions. He has written and starred in three musical comedies for the NY International Fringe Festival. He has also written and produced a feature film and three short films that all garnered attention on the festival circuit. He is currently workshopping his most recent musical, Doormen, The Musical.

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.

Anna M. Cianciulli Anna M. Cianciulli

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

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 Disney World) 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.

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 voice overs. 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.

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.

Lauren Brickman Lauren Brickman

Brickman is a talented New York-based actor, writer, and improviser. Lauren can be seen performing around New York with her improv team. Also, she can be found performing with Story Pirates. In addition, she performs at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre's Maude Night. Lauren is the co-creator, co-writer, and co-star of the web series Sitters, and she has appeared in commercials for Smart Car and MTV Europe. On stage, some of Lauren's favorite credits include Flora in "27 Wagons of Cotton," Little Sally in Urinetown, and most roles in new plays. Lauren has produced several original collaborations including the plays Hair of the Dog and L!F# Happens. Lauren holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Iowa and a B.F.A. in Acting from Adelphi University. She is also an educator at such places as Queensborough Community College. What we've presented here doesn't even scratch the surface of what Lauren's accomplishing. Be sure to keep an eye out for Lauren Brickman; she's very talented, very entertaining, and going places.

Dave Hanson Dave Hanson

Hanson has worked as an adjunct professor at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Emerson College, and Laughing Buddha Comedy. He is also a writer and producer who has worked for CBS Sports Network, The Shorts Show, Chelsea Lately, Martha XXX, and Inside Sports with Sean Salisbury.

Peter Marciano Peter Marciano

He is a Designated Linklater Teacher, having studied voice, speech, and Shakespeare with Kristin Linklater. Peter has taught voice, movement, and acting at the New York Film Academy, The Hewitt School, Molloy College, Columbia University, and the Premier Film Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and at The Linklater Centre in Orkney, Scotland.

Drew Hirshfeild Drew Hirshfeild

Hirschfield has numerous New York and California credits that include Happy End and A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Nero (Magic Theatre); Mother Courage (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Amadeus, The Winter's Tale, and Knight of the Burning Pestle (Marin Shakespeare Company); and The Seagull and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Other regional credits include Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Wilma Theater.

Ben Mehl Ben Mehl

Mehl has taught Movement and Shakespeare’s Clowns at the NYU Graduate Acting Program, where he also received his MFA and completed a teaching mentorship in Movement under Jim Calder and Voice under Scott Miller. He teaches Voice and Movement, Physical Characterization and Combat at the New York Film Academy and has also taught at The Public Theater, Red Bull Theater, the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, the New School and as a private coach. Acting credits include: Off-Broadway: The Government Inspector, School For Scandal; (Red Bull Theater); Pericles, Comedy Of Errors (Public Theater). Regional: The Crucible, Yentl (Cleveland Playhouse); Troublemaker (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Six Degrees Of Separation (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Henry V (‪Two River Theater); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Chautauqua Theater Company). Other New York: DannyKrisDonnaVeronica, Julius Caesar (Wheelhouse Theater); At The Table (Fault Line Theatre); Habit (P.S. 122); The Law Of Return (‪4th Street Theatre). TV: The Good Wife, Supernatural Investigator. Film: Viral Beauty, The Fly Room.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Sarah Kinsey Sarah Kinsey

Kinsey has worked as an actress both in film and on stage. She has worked for Cleveland Play House, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Mastodon Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts, Hulu, AlleyCat Productions, and 5th Floor Productions. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Bryan Kazmarck Bryan Kazmarck

Director of Standing Eight. Kazmarck is a New York based filmmaker whose films have screened at a multitude of film festivals domestically and internationally. He has directed 3 shorts and a feature. His feature, Terminal Legacy, a sci-fi thriller, was released on Dec 1, 2015. His short, The Portland Empire premiered at the 2012 Festival De Cannes, and proceeded to sell to Shorts International (U.K.) and to the Worldwide Mobile Movie Theatre App in the U.S. He also the owner of Open Fire Films.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Brian O'Neill Brian O'Neill

O'Neill is based in New York City, where he has worked continually in all aspects of the entertainment industry as a writer, actor, director, musician, and filmmaker for over 30 years. He currently serves on the faculty of The New York Film Academy as an acting instructor and is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop. He has appeared in guest, co-star and recurring roles in television shows such as Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Gotham, The Following, Madam Secretary, American Odyssey, Law and Order, The Sopranos, The Corner (Emmy Award Best Mini – Series), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Jury, Damages, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Elementary, 666 Park Avenue, Believe, and in several feature films including The Lost Words, Laws Of Attraction (with Julianne Moore), Brooklyn Rules (with Alec Baldwin), Chapter 27, The Bourne Legacy, and The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading and Frank The Bastard. He can soon be seen in the upcoming Netflix series Seven Seconds in the recurring role of Judge Dolan. His theater roles include stints at Yale Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare, The Flea Theater, EST, Premiere Stages, Montclair Theatre Fest, Snowmass Rep, and many others.

Bob Kale
He studied with Sandy during his two years at the Playhouse and in Sandy’s professional class for three years, including the class being taught in the book, Sanford Meisner On Acting. He also had the honor of serving as an associate and assistant during the third year. Meisner Technique is the best practical foundation for an acting career that he knows of. He has carried the sincerity, simplicity, and specificity he learned from this exceptional man with him into all aspects of his life. Additional training included Lehman Engel (Musical Theatre), Dorothy Loudon (Musical Audition), Jeffrey Dunn (Musical Theatre Scene Study), Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Felix Knight (Singing), Zoe Caldwell (Shakespeare), Elizabeth Smith and Robert Neff-Williams (Juilliard -- Voice for Theatre), Edith Skinner (Speech), Barbara Cole (Ballet), Dorothy Villiard (Martha Graham technique), Gary Gendell (Jazz), and many others. Bob was also trained in commercials, soap opera, and on-camera work, in general, at the renowned Weist-Barron Studios with the assistance of extraordinary show business professional, Valerie Adami. Bob's on-camera experience included All My Children, One Life To Live, Kate & Allie, Ryan’s Hope, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Pete ‘N Pete, The Equalizer and others. Played Off- and Off-Off Broadway at the Theatre dy Lys, West End Theatre, Town Hall, Classic Theatre, St. Clements, Fifth Avenue Theatre Company, Working Theatre and others. Stock: Colgate Repertory Company (NY), Cortland Repertory Theatre (NY), Pantheon Theatre Company (OH), and much more.

Matt Webster Matt Webster

Matt Webster’s first musical, Kingdom Come, won Best Musical at the downtown Urban Theatre Festival in NYC. His second original musical was Propaganda. This musical was produced at the Pearl Theater on 42nd Street as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. It won several awards, including Best Featured Actress and Best Choreography. While attending West Virginia University he was named an outstanding graduate from the College of Creative Arts. As an actor, Matt has been on stage at Glad Hand in the Broadway Tour of West Side Story, and with many companies through NYC, including LaMaMa Theatre, LABA Theatre, Virtual Theatre, Connecticut Children’s Theatre, and Rescue Agreement. Matt can also be seen on the screen in various feature films, commercials, web-series, and short films.

Stephanie Lane Stephanie Lane

Lane has been a producer, writer, director, and Choreographer for over ten years. She has also taught classes for 5-8 year-olds in various theatre-related games and activities for Child’s Play New York. Additionally Lane worked as an assistant to elderly clients with day-to-day functions. She has created original places, dance-theater works, and collaborated with other performing artists in the greater New York City area.

Timothy Mannix Timothy Mannix

Mannix has 20 years of experience in New York City in film, TV, musical theater, commercials, voiceover, improv, and musical improv. T.J. has co-starred in Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and recurred on All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. With over 80 commercials and voiceovers credits, highlights include: Santa Claus in the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, BLANK: the Musical (New World Stages), Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday (PBS/Lincoln Center), The Piper (opposite Christiane Noll), Oliver! (Bill Sykes), and singing for President Clinton and Pope John Paul II. T.J. is an improvisor/instructor with Chicago's The Second City/NCL, Magnet Theater, and UCB. He is the founder/co-producer of the ninth annual New York Musical Improv Festival and teaches master classes across the world. He is also known for creating and starring in LimboLand, a one-man completely improvised musical (Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Vancouver, Berlin, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach). As a faculty member in the NYFA Musical Theater Conservatory, T.J. teaches acting for film, acting for TV, improvisation, musical improvisation, and comedy, and directed the original movie musical Plus One.

Caroline McGee Caroline McGee

McGee is a performing arts educator with deep roots in the New York and international film and theatre community. She trained with Bobby Lewis, William Esper, Wynn Handman, Michael Howard, and Stella Adler. As director of acting at The Strasberg Institute - NYU Tisch, Caroline produced the New Music Theatre Festival. She also directed the MFA Acting Program at Catholic University and is currently Program Director of NewGeneRussian with colleagues from The Moscow Art Theatre School. Academic training: Yale School of Drama, UC Berkeley (where she was awarded the Eisner Prize for Filmmaking for A Month in the Country at the Pacific Film Archive), and the National Acting Conservatory, Strasbourg, France. Theatre: Sarajevo & Dubrovnik Festivals, NY Shakespeare in the Park, Yale Rep, Williamstown & Berkshire Festivals. Filmwork: with Norman Jewison, Woody Allen, Gena Rowlands, & Gregory Peck, Susan Seidelman.

Rawleigh Moreland Rawleigh Moreland

Best known for his work in numerous commercials, feature films, theatre, television and industrials as an actor/director or Casting Director. Casting Director for Elsie Stark (Stark Naked productions). Appeared in the daytime dramas Another World and Texas. Prime time: Appeared in Law and Order and The Equalizer. Whether it’s producing or directing SAG feature films for Suncrest Cinema, directing commercials and industrials, performing on stage, acting in movies, commercials, or teaching workshops with noted director Melvin Van Peebles: Rawleigh has been active in the industry for more than 25 years, working with directors Joe Layton, Bruce Paltrow, Bob Moss, John Whitesell, Walter Bobbie, Jan Egelson, Cheech Marin, and Academy Award winner Errol Morris, to name a few. NY theatre: (Acting & Directing): Playwrights Horizons, Writers Theatre, Theatre of The Open Eye, Theatre for a New Audience, Double Image Theatre, and Manhattan Arts. Regionally: performed leading roles at Shakespeare Festival of Cincinnati, Showboat Majestic, Theatrical Outfit (Seven Stages), and The Lost Colony. Independently, Mr. Moreland produced and co-directed the SAG feature film, The DJ starring John Fleming and Claudette Sutherland for Suncrest Films. He has served as an online producer and casting director on numerous other films and industries, working with producers such as Shepard Associates (CA). Mr. Moreland worked for many years in New York developmental theatre. At The Writers Theater (Linda Laundra, Artistic Director) and The Open Eye: New Stagings (Joseph Campbell / Jean Erdman, Founders) he developed, directed, cast, and produced numerous projects. During this time he was privileged to collaborate with such artists as Bruce Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Josie DeGuzman, Don Chastain, Walter Bobbie, John Whitesell, Richard Hughes, and Charlie Segal.

Emily Shain Emily Shain

Shain honed her acting skills both in theater and on camera. She has worked for the San Diego Rep Theatre, the Penobscot Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Eclipse Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, HVSF Educational, Dog and Pony Theatre Company, The Strange Capers, Park Square Theatre, and The Side Project. Her roles were featured in Hamlet, Richard III, Papermaker, What May Fall, As You Like IT, Becky’s New Car, Cherry Smoke, and Beyond The Horizon. On camera she has worked both as a lead and supporting actress.

Lester Shane Lester Shane

Lester’s many directing credits, in venues across the country, ranging from Shakespeare to premiere productions. Lester was Director in Residence at New York’s The Basic Theatre and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in San Marco in Jacksonville, FL. In addition, he directed numerous readings and workshops and worked with the literary departments of the Manhattan Theatre Club, Westbeth, and Hartford Stage. Lester is the co-author of several screenplays. Sundance published a series of his plays for children. He co-developed the program P.O.V. Max for Children’s Television Workshop. Lester has been a contributing writer for the magazines A&E Monthly and Facilities. For television, he wrote several episodes of A&E’s popular Biography series as well as documentaries for American Movie Classics (AMC) and the Discovery Network. As an actor, he worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In addition to playing many leading roles, Lester also served as the company Voice and Movement Master. Lester’s award-winning one-man show, Mortal Coil: Voices from the Hospice, premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997 and has since played across the country. Mortal Coil, in which he portrays thirteen characters one night in a hospice, has been produced for video and has been incorporated into Columbia University’s and UCLA’s curriculum training for training doctors on end-of-life care. Lester continues to tour the production. In April 2012, Mortal Coil opened in Oslo, Norway titled Livets Lenker. Lester directed the production. Lester is on the faculty of New York’s Pace University, The American Academy of Dramatic Art, New York Film Academy, . He was invited to give the keynote address at the 2001 National Teaching Training Institute sponsored by PBS. Lester also works extensively as a speech and dialect coach in film, theatre, and television. Clients have included Lincoln Center and HBO.

Micah Stathis Micah Stathis

Stathis was a Production Manager for Manhattan Neighborhood Network for over four years. He quickly expanded his skills as a freelance Cinematographer and Director. He has experience directing a wide variety of television and film shoots, commercials, music videos, narrative films, documentary films, and live events.

Paul Warner Paul Warner

Paul Warner is a film and theatre director and writer who has directed over 50 theatre and film productions, including Women: The War Within at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, where he was a Princess Grace Foundation Artist-In-Residence; award-winning short In the Name of The Father (Sundance); and feature Fall Time (Lionsgate), which premiered at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. He produced and co-wrote award-winning short The Puritans, and will direct and produce the feature films Reclaiming Eden and Hamlet/Horatio. The LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts commissioned Warner to direct the 25th anniversary of the OUT music Awards in 2015, and to produce a documentary celebrating the history of LGBTQ recording artists. He directed and served as creative consultant for David Michalek's Portraits in Dramatic Time, a series of shorts featuring such performers as Holly Hunter, Patti Lupone, Alan Rickman, Roger Rees, and Wendy Whelan, for The Lincoln Center Festival. Warner is grateful for the ongoing support of the Princess Grace Foundation, including a fellowship for his Second Stage Theatre residency, followed by a Statue Award, and now, the Works-in-Process grant. He is an alumnus of the Drama League of New York's Directors Project and a recipient of a Cite-Read fellowship to develop a new translation of Nelson Rodrigues' Wedding Dress, for which Warner's production garnered seven Drama-Logue Awards, including best direction. Favorite projects include: Out In America (Daryl Hannah and Stephen Baldwin), Mercury by Gary Sunshine (HERE/Eve Ensler), and Chinese Cabaret in collaboration with composer Peter Melnick at the LA International Festival under the artistic direction of Peter Sellars.

Luis Alarcon Luis Alarcon

Instructor for NYFA in both the Filmmaking and Acting for Film Department, starting in 2018, teaching Acting for Film I and II, Film Craft for Actors, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Directing and Editing for Acting Students, Hands-on Camera, Lighting, Fimcraft, Introduction to Producing, and many more. Alarcon was also a teaching assistant for NYFA from 2007 – 2018. He has received the following awards in the field: Winner Outstanding Ensemble as the Director for Prism, a Feature Film Official Selection in The Art of Brooklyn Festival; Feature Artist award in the Raw Artists Reveal Exhibit for a portrait photography series Chasing Rabbits.

Taylor Ferrera Taylor Ferrera

Taylor Ferrera is a writer and performer based in New York City. Her satirical songs on YouTube have over a million views and have been featured in the Huffington Post, on NBC, and at the New York City Center for Stephen Sondheim (The Lobby Project). She has written for television (Questionable Choices – Music Choice), web series (Community Theater: Seinfeld the Musical), Cinderella (American Pops Orchestra); County Fair - a Country Hits Musical (Broadway Licensing); Democracy, Day 1 (New York Film Academy); and Propaganda! The Musical (winner Best Featured Actress and Best Choreography at NYMF) which will be released as a musical podcast later in 2020. Taylor is also an arranger/vocalist for the award winning a cappella group The Perfect Fifths (Instagram: @the_perfect_fifths). She is a founding member of the Magic Forest Theatre Company (Instagram: @magicforesttheatre) and a resident playwright at the New York Film Academy. Instagram: @taylorferrera

Courtney Ferguson Courtney Ferguson

Courtney is an actress and a dialect coach. She is currently training under the guidance of Louis Colaianni, to receive her certification in the Phonetic Pillows approach to teaching dialects.

Diana Henry Diana Henry

Diana Henry has been working professionally as an actor on camera and on stage for over twenty-five years. She holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University where she studied under William Esper and Maggie Flanigan, and has a BFA in Acting at Miami University, Ohio. Diana is a series regular on ABC’s What Would You Do? appearing in over 70 episodes since 2009. Other various credits include: Law & Order, The Sinner, The Blacklist, the feature film Fortunes, and The Lineup: Best Sports Movies, in which she received three NY Emmys. On stage she has worked in multiple Off Broadway and regional theatre productions and has been the voice of many television and radio commercials. Diana is a founding member and a Producing Host of The Drawing Board NYC, a non-profit script reading company that helps writers in various stages of development.

Charley Tucker Charley Tucker

Mr. Tucker is a professional actor, living in New York City where he has worked in theatre, film, and television for over 25 years. New York and regional credits include Hedda Gabbler (American Globe), Uncle Tom’s Cabin (The Drama Dept.- Workshop Co.), Misalliance (Pennsylvania Center Stage), Desire Under The Elms (American Stage), Six Degrees Of Separation (Florida Studio Theatre), and American Buffalo (Asolo Conservatory Theatre- guest artist). Film and T.V.: Curdled (Miramax), The Amy Schumer Show (Comedy Central), Tennessee (Lee Daniels Entertainment), and several television and radio commercials. Currently Mr. Tucker has 2 films in production. As a teaching artist, Mr. Tucker has worked at New York University (co-teacher with Phylicia Rashad), American Globe Theatre (Shakespeare First Folio Technique), University of Texas/ Austin, Muhlenberg College, Penn State University and New York Film Academy where he is currently teaching Scene Study and the Meisner Technique.

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