Fight and Stunt Workshop for the kids!
April Patterson | Pre-Professional Conservatory
April Patterson has a very diverse background in the entertainment industry. She
managed her children’s acting careers for a combined 15 years, learning to acquire agents and negotiate contracts before studying to become an actress herself. She has worked in various film production positions ranging from executive producer, producer, casting director, and actress. Her production company, Alise Aaron Entertainment, is dedicated to producing non-fiction and fictional content that fully tells stories of the human condition and spirit. Her company is committed to diversity and inclusion and provides jobs and connections to talented filmmakers, crews, and actors. Her recent acting appearances include network series on BET, CW, Amazon, and Revolt TV. She has appeared in over 40 regional and national commercials. Besides being an actress/producer, April is a 2nd Dan Tae Kwon Do Black Belt instructor who trains in Israeli tactical gun defense.
Nancy L. Gray | Pre-Professional Conservatory
Nancy L. Gray is an actor working in films, television, commercials, and theater as well as a
voice actor with experience in commercials, explainer videos, e-learning, and narrations.
She has studied at the Carol Hickey Acting Studio since 2018 and completed its
Conservatory program in 2019. She is an experienced producer whose past clients include
The Alchemy Theatre, Nickelodeon, Disney, and The Family Channel, among others. She is
a communications consultant with more than 12 years of experience working as a Director of
Communications for membership-based nonprofit organizations. With a Bachelor of Music
from Texas Tech University, she is a former music teacher/choir director who enjoys sharing
her love of acting with her students. More info can be found at www.nancygray.org.
Ashten Wheeler | Imagination Foundation
Ashten Wheeler attends Southwestern University and has taken classes at the Carol Hickey Acting Studio for almost six years. Starting in kids’ conservatory, she has an in-depth knowledge of the curriculum. She is currently a student in the Working Actor class. She has appeared in The Alchemy Theatre’s productions of Mary Page Marlow and Domesticated as well as in several student films and short films. She has been teaching kids at CHAS for two years and is always excited to work with each new student.
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