Carol Hickey | Scene Study
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.
Michael Cooper | Directing - 2nd Year 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.
Kim Jackson Davis | Imagination Focus
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.
Justin Fischer | Film Fight
15 years Firearm Training / 6 years Integrated Defense Training and Instructor / Law Enforcement Workshop Instructor (knives and retention) / Fight and Tactics Choreographer /Working Actor
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.
Adam Roberts | Musical Theater | Private Vocal Coach
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.
Lena Hill is a voice actor and singer based in Austin, Texas. She has a degree in performance from Texas Christian University and has studied with the Groundlings School (Kristen Wiig, teacher), Margie Haber (on-camera), Rick Wasserman (voice of AMC and Thor) and many others. As a singer she has had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Meyerson Symphony Hall, The Long Center as a soloist and chorus member. As an actor she has performed in hundreds of theatre productions and commercials and was in the premiere and the second season of the Kirk Douglas Theatre with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Original member of Amphibian Stage Productions, coach with Lone Star VO and staff member for Omni Sound Project. As a voice actor, she has voiced for brands such as Verizon, Big Lots, Dunkin Donuts, Jeep, Marriott, Office Depot, Xerox and hundreds more. She’s best known as the voice of Lefty in the world famous games Five Nights at Freddy’s.
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