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.
Kim Jackson Davis | On-Camera Auditions
Kim has worked as a professional actress, host and dancer for over 20 years. While living in L.A., Kim landed the hosting position for a show called "LA in a Day". Shortly after graduating from college with a journalism and theatre degree, she became the spokesperson for Marketlocal.com and also served as the host for BSCENE TV. During this time, she had the opportunity to not only host but also write and produce.
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.
Russell Reed | Film Production
With a burning passion for telling stories, Russell Reed is a devoted 24 year old filmmaker from Houston, TX, whose goal is to simply excel from each of his films. Looking to inspire and entertain, Russell's keen eye for imagery and heart for directing has earned recognition from respected industry folk. Russell's achievements have stretched far and wide. Russell has seen accomplishments in nation-wide film festival screenings, distributions via streaming platform and select theater screenings. His recent award-winning short film, Baby Nick, now lives on digital cable television network, REVOLT TV. Russell commits his life to studying his craft and relentlessly chasing his dreams of directing major motion pictures while he approaches his commencement this summer from Texas State University as a Business Marketing student.
Christine Chen (Create Your Own Content)
Christine Chen is an Academy qualified film producer, director and co-author of Get Reelisms. She fell in love with capturing images and telling stories through film the first time she got her hands on an early addition VHS camcorder in 1993. After completing her first production, a film for her elementary school classmates that promoted the virtues of reading science fiction novels, Christine's love of film turned into a life-long passion for writing, producing, and directing provocative and influential bodies of work that incorporated her perspectives from growing up as a first generation Asian-American in Colorado and her experiences in coming of age within a culture dominate in patriarchal tradition. Christine has a B.A. from Rice University as well as a MBA from the University of Texas McCombs. Christine's short films "A Bird's Nest" and "Ya Albi" were a Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize Finalists. They will be available on iTunes, Amazon, ShortsHD and continue to make the festival rounds. Funemployment, Christine's debut feature, produced under her banner Moth to Flame Films, is also currently being submitted to festivals. The company specializes in telling stories for business owners, artists, and families. Over the past seven years, their innovative approach to media and marketing assets has raised almost 1 million dollars in startup funding via crowd funding. Christine's favorite thing to do is being on set behind the camera, but when she is not filming, she also enjoys watching movies, eating, and empowering other female entrepreneuers.
Adam Roberts | Voice and Movement | Musical Theater
Adam Roberts is an Austin-based vocal coach, conductor, and artistic director. He is co-founder of TILT Performance Group (tiltperformance.org) and Resolution Creative (resolutionaryworks.com), a faculty member at Carol Hickey Acting Studio and The Actor's School (theactorsschool.org), a contributing writer for Backstage (backstage.com), and Director of Music at St. Luke United UMC (stlukeaustin.com). His students have performed in principal roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, been nominated for the Tony Award, and appeared in film, national tours, and on network television. Learn more about Adam and his work at adamkroberts.com and on Instagram @adam_k_roberts.
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