Carol Hickey | Scene Study | 1st year Showcase
Carol Hickey has studied with some of the most prestigious instructors in Acting at HB Studio in New York and 7 years in Los Angeles with Harry Mastrogeorge. She has a degree in Theatre from University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her living working on commercials and television series (Gilmore Girls, Six Feet Under, Scrubs, ER, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Big Love, National Tide, AT&T, Kelloggs, Cisco and many more) in Los Angeles. She also has received awards for her work on stage, developing premiere works in Los Angeles and in New York with The Canyon Theatre Company, along with name actors such as Mark Ruffalo and Kathy Bates. She worked as an instructor through East L.A. Classic Theatre to inner city, underprivileged youth and has primarily served as a private audition coach here in Austin.
Harry Mastrogeorge | Master Class
Harry has been directing and teaching since 1956 and has numerous film, television and producing credits. Harry's students range from Robert Redford, Ray Liotta, Bryan Cranston, Djimon Hounsou to Brit Marling.
Sheila Gordon | Voice and Movement
This course moves the professional actor from breath to thought - connecting voice, body and mind for an empowered approach to text and character. Each class begins with a somatic warm-up that integrates Tai Chi and Feldenkrais. Over the course of 9 weeks, actors will develop a solid practice of connecting with the breath and opening the voice through sound improvisation and articulation warmups. Sheila provides an inviting and inspiring environment that produces both personal and professional results. Students will walk away with greater awareness, facility, and strength in the expressive instrument.
Michael Cooper | Directing - Showcase
As an award-winning stage director, Michael has directed staged readings of Peter and Alice and Domesticated for The Alchemy Theatre in AUSTIN. Michael has also directed in LOS ANGELES: The Pacific Resident Theatre productions of The Dorothy Parker Project and The Lion in Winter; The Sierra Madre Playhouse productions of The Lion in Winter and To Kill A Mockingbird (Nominated for 7 BroadwayWorld Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play); A Good Smoke; Two Men Losing Their Minds (winner LA Weekly Award): The Nature of the Beast; American Air; Where, Oh Where Could My Baby Be? (winner 2 Drama-Logue Awards); Tennessee Jar (winner 4 Drama-Logue Awards); Coyote Ugly; Welcome Signs (winner LA Weekly Award –Best Ensemble). NEW YORK: A Good Smoke. From 2000 to 2011 Michael was the Artistic Director of The Canyon Theatre Ensemble, in Los Angeles. Michael assisted Gordon Davidson on Marsha Norman's play, Traveler in the Dark at the Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles and also performed Off-Broadway as Whizzer Brown in William Finn's In Trousers at the Promenade Theatre in New York City. Michael is a 2005 alumus of Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab West.
Gwendolyn Kelso | Shakespeare
Gwen Kelso is a professional teaching artist and actor. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Gwen has taught for programs all over the country and is currently teaching faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and adjunct faculty with ACC in Austin. As a teaching artist, Gwen has taught for Imagination Stage, St. Louis Rep., The Shakespeare Society, TFANA, BAM, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare (and many more!). As an actor, highlights include Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Austin Shakespeare, and Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival. A native Austinite (Bowie HS!), Gwen received her BFA in acting from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University; MFA in acting from the Shakespeare Theatre in DC.
Sarah Marie Curry | Improv
Sarah has been an actor for 16 years and an improvisation actor and teacher for 8 years. On stage she has been called "hilarious" "fierce" "truly exceptional" and is a B. Iden Payne Awards winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as "Jaime" in The Last Five Years this past season.She was a proud member of the B. Iden Payne Award Winning Troupe: Girls Girls Girls. Improvised Musicals for 7.5 years and currently stars as one half of dramatic improv duo Cascade also nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Improv Troupe.
Aleque Reid | Musical Theatre
Aleque Reid can currently be seen in Insidious-The Final Key, I'm Dying Up Here on Showtime, and heard as the singing voice for Poppy in the new Netflix show Trolls - The Beat Goes On. Some of her notable stage credits include Hair (Broadway National Tour), Domesticated (Lincoln Theater Center), All's Well That Ends Well (Public Theater), and Nobody Loves You (Second Stage).
Heath Calvert | Musical Theatre
Heath Calvert is best known for his work on Broadway in Amelie, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, and Good Vibrations. His Off-Broadway/Regional credits include: Nobody Loves You (2nd Stage; Lucille Lortel Nomination), The Old Globe, Studio Theatre, O'Neill Theater Center, Cap 21, Ahmanson Theater.
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