Faculty

Adler Technique

Laura Leyva
Laura LeyvaTechnique, Script/Character Breakdown, Adler On Camera
A proud member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA and of the theatrical community, with a performing career that spans over fifty years, Laura’s credits include work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, on film, television, radio, voice-over work, print work and in commercials; serving as head juror for the UMKC Film Festival in Kansas City, MO, 1990-1995, as managing producer for the Actors Platform at the Los Feliz Playhouse, 1992-1997, and as producer for the NYU Tisch / Adler Summer Session, 2007-2008.

Laura studied with Stella Adler and Ron Burrus at the Stella Adler Conservatory in NYC, 1977-1979. In 1979 she became the private student and protégé of Mr. Burrus and they began the work of deepening the training of the Actor for the 21st century, which continues to the present.

Her teaching career began in 1981 at Michael Moriarty’s Potters Field Shakespeare School in NYC and coaching privately. In Los Angeles, she taught for the Ron Burrus Studio at the Los Feliz Playhouse, 1990-2006. Currently at Stella Adler Los Angeles, she teach INTENSIVE TECHNQUE, SCRIPT/CHARACTER BREAKDOWN and ADLER ON-CAMERA, and is available for private coaching.

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Tim McNeil
Technique, Scene Study
Tim McNeilTimothy McNeil has had a wide and varied career since arriving in Los Angeles. He began as a young actor having the great privilege of studying with Stella Adler herself and Joanne Linville at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles. Tim has written and had produced over 28 plays in Los Angeles including The Twilight of Schlomo (Elephant Theater, Directed by David Fofi), Supernova (Elephant Theater, directed by Lindsay Allbaugh), The Charm of Making (The Theater Lab, directed by Milton Justice), Anything (LADCC Best Play of 2008) and Los Muertos, (both directed by David Fofi at The Elephant Theater), Crane Mississippi (directed by Kristin Hanggi), Margaret, and Small Days (both directed by Mark Ruffalo), The Straight Bozo, and Freddie’s Dead, among others, all around town. He has worked on two play commissions, one for the Mark Taper Forum one for the Stella Adler Studio Collective. Tim was a member of the Center Theater Group Writing Program for 2013-14. He has directed his first film feature of his play Anything starring Matt Bomer, John Carroll Lynch, and Maura Tierney, produced by Great Point Media, One Zero Films, and Chaotik Media. He also played Henry in the jim version of his play Small Days (directed by Stan Harrington). In addition, he has also directed quite a few plays including Blackbird, The Seagull, King Lear at Stella Adler Theater, Beach Play at the Hudson, The Crucible at Stella Adler, The Diary of Anne Frank also at Stella Adler, Homebody/Kabul, at Studio C, The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the Elephant Theater, 4:48 Psychosis, Hamlet, and The Year of Stolen Light by Alex Aves, all at Studio C. As an actor, he has done over 50 film and television roles. Film credits include Sympathy For Delicious, Small Days, Forrest Gump, Speedway Junkies, Starship Troopers, Contact, Poodle Springs, Wicked, Spark, Ice, Ordinary Madness, Player 5150, and Sympathy for Delicious. Television credits include Joan of Arcadia, ER, The Night Stalker, House MD, My Wife and Kids, Stand Off, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Star Trek Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and many more. Theater highlights include Hector in the History Boys, and Flan in Six Degrees of Separation, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Stella Adler, Early in Anything at the Lillian Theater, Yevgeny in Los Muertos at the Elephant, Claudius in the Page 93 production of Hamlet at the Lillian, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, also at the Lillian, Jerry in Margaret at the Hudson Backstage, Walter in Crane, Mississippi at the Elephant, Horace in the Day I Stood Still, also at the Elephant, Henry Smalls in Small Days at the Hudson Backstage, and many more. Tim is a proud member of The Theater Lab at Stella Adler and The Elephant Theater. Tim has been on the faculty of the Stella Adler Academy Los Angeles since 1999, a tremendously rewarding experience.

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Joanne Linville
Joanne LinvilleComprehensive Technique
Joanne Linville worked and studied closely with Stella Adler in both New York and Los Angeles. She began her television career in the 1950’s, playing in anthology series such as Studio One, Kraft Television Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. Ms. Linville has appeared in many television series including: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty, and L.A. Law to name a few. She is best remembered as the female Romulan captain from Star Trek: The Original Series. Ms. Linville has taught in both New York and Los Angeles. Her class, The Power of Language, is a unique and beautiful approach to the work that stands on the shoulders of Stella’s Technique.

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May Quigley Goodman
May Quigley GoodmanScene Study, Technique, Youth Acting program
May Quigley Goodman is an actress, director, producer, and teacher. Her many stage credits include: Woman in Mind with Helen Mirren, originating the role of Heloise in Timothy McNeil’s Crane, Ms., The Charm of Making, Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise (N.Y.), Female Transport (N.Y.), the National Tour of Vanities, and the role of Pamela in Heartbreak which she also originated. She has also had the pleasure to tour Ireland in the Gingerbread Lady. Amongst her many television appearances are: Cheers, Golden Girls, Fatal Exposure and My So Called Life. Her film roles have been in such diverse movies as Postcards from the Edge, Regarding Henry, Galaxies are Colliding, Lost Angels to name a few. She will be starring in the upcoming film Bella which will go into production in Fall 2014. She produced the movie of the week Murder C.O.D. and is proud to share a “story by” credit on the film Picture Perfect starring Jennifer Aniston. Her directing credits include Brilliant Traces, Win Lose Draw, Crimes of the Heart, Fubar, 12, Ravenscroft and Boy & Girl at the Adler.

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Scene Study

Christopher Thornton
Christopher ThorntonTechnique, Scene Study, Audition Skills
Christopher Thornton is an actor, writer, and Alumnus of Stella Adler – Los Angeles. Theatre performances include: Off-Broadway’s Pyretown by John Belluso; The World Premiere of Pyretown at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY; The World Premiere of The Body of Bourne at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; Lion or This Corpse Will Not Stop Burning at the Lillian Theatre in LA; Up the Hill; Me and My Friend; I’m a Professional; The World Premiere of Small Days by Timothy McNeil; Vaclav Havel’s Private View; London Calling; Misalliance; Waiting for Godot (Drama Logue Award); Three Sisters; C.P. Taylor’s Good, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo and Juliet; American Buffalo; Zastrozzi; Sheperd’s Play; The Skin of Our Teeth; and The Poor Itch at The Public Theatre in New York. Television credits include NBC’s My Name is Earl, Fox’s Unhitched, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Homefront, Players, and Just One of the Girls. He has had recurring roles on Family Law, Lifetime’s Any Day Now, and ABC’s Alias. He filmed pilots for ABC, FOX, and Comedy Central. Films include Universal Pictures’ State of Play, Pretty Persuasion, Bug, and Welcome to California.

Christopher wrote the original screenplay Sympathy for Delicious, (directed by Mark Ruffalo, starring Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, and Mark Ruffalo), which was an official selection in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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Tim McNeil
Technique, Scene Study
Tim McNeilTimothy McNeil has had a wide and varied career since arriving in Los Angeles. He began as a young actor having the great privilege of studying with Stella Adler herself and Joanne Linville at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles. Tim has written and had produced over 28 plays in Los Angeles including The Twilight of Schlomo (Elephant Theater, Directed by David Fofi), Supernova (Elephant Theater, directed by Lindsay Allbaugh), The Charm of Making (The Theater Lab, directed by Milton Justice), Anything (LADCC Best Play of 2008) and Los Muertos, (both directed by David Fofi at The Elephant Theater), Crane Mississippi (directed by Kristin Hanggi), Margaret, and Small Days (both directed by Mark Ruffalo), The Straight Bozo, and Freddie’s Dead, among others, all around town. He has worked on two play commissions, one for the Mark Taper Forum one for the Stella Adler Studio Collective. Tim was a member of the Center Theater Group Writing Program for 2013-14. He has directed his first film feature of his play Anything starring Matt Bomer, John Carroll Lynch, and Maura Tierney, produced by Great Point Media, One Zero Films, and Chaotik Media. He also played Henry in the jim version of his play Small Days (directed by Stan Harrington). In addition, he has also directed quite a few plays including Blackbird, The Seagull, King Lear at Stella Adler Theater, Beach Play at the Hudson, The Crucible at Stella Adler, The Diary of Anne Frank also at Stella Adler, Homebody/Kabul, at Studio C, The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the Elephant Theater, 4:48 Psychosis, Hamlet, and The Year of Stolen Light by Alex Aves, all at Studio C. As an actor, he has done over 50 film and television roles. Film credits include Sympathy For Delicious, Small Days, Forrest Gump, Speedway Junkies, Starship Troopers, Contact, Poodle Springs, Wicked, Spark, Ice, Ordinary Madness, Player 5150, and Sympathy for Delicious. Television credits include Joan of Arcadia, ER, The Night Stalker, House MD, My Wife and Kids, Stand Off, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Star Trek Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and many more. Theater highlights include Hector in the History Boys, and Flan in Six Degrees of Separation, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Stella Adler, Early in Anything at the Lillian Theater, Yevgeny in Los Muertos at the Elephant, Claudius in the Page 93 production of Hamlet at the Lillian, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, also at the Lillian, Jerry in Margaret at the Hudson Backstage, Walter in Crane, Mississippi at the Elephant, Horace in the Day I Stood Still, also at the Elephant, Henry Smalls in Small Days at the Hudson Backstage, and many more. Tim is a proud member of The Theater Lab at Stella Adler and The Elephant Theater. Tim has been on the faculty of the Stella Adler Academy Los Angeles since 1999, a tremendously rewarding experience.

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Movement

Kennedy Brown
Kennedy BrownMovement, Acting Styles and the “Dark Fridays” Play Reading Series
Kennedy has been teaching for over twenty years in major acting programs in both New York and Los Angeles. In New York, he taught at the Stella Adler Studio, New York University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Marymount Manhattan College. Kennedy’s Movement teaching is informed by his long-time association with Fay Simpson, founder of the Lucid Body technique. Aside from having originally been her student and having assisted her classes and workshops over the years, he has also been a performer in her company, the Impact Theatre, performing in a duet with Ms. Simpson in the critically acclaimed ‘Triptych’. Kennedy’s teaching is also influenced by the Skinner Release Technique, the LeCoq Technique, the Michael Chekov Technique and Clown Work, as well as his extensive experience with Voice Techniques for Actors. Kennedy has a background in Classical Acting, having been a core company member of the highly regarded Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre in New York City, where he performed in the plays of Euripides, Shakespeare and Moliere as well as the plays of contemporary Masters such as Brecht and Beckett. More recently, he was a founding member of the movement theatre company, the Gravity Project. His most recent performance was titled Red Bush Blossoms, a solo piece based on the poem Transcription for Organ Music, by Alan Ginsberg. Besides teaching at Stella Adler-LA, Kennedy is a Lecturer in the Acting Department at California State University, Fullerton where he teaches Voice, Speech and Movement. His teaching training includes a certification as a Yoga Instructor, having received his certification from the Jivamukti Yoga Center and he is also a certified Associate of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

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Alexander Technique

Celio Silveira
Celio SilveiraAlexander Technique
Certified at The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles; Attended NunoLisboa University, Brazil; Angel Vianna University, Brazil. Celio da Silveira is an AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique Teacher with a private practice in West LA, teaching individuals, groups, and workshops. He teaches annual interim Workshops at Cal-Arts Department of Music, substitute teaches for Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, and has been an assistant instructor at USC. He has extensive training in judo and dance, plays guitar and is an accomplished singer. www.celiodasilveira.com

Voice

Peter Wittrock
Peter WittrockVoice
Peter Wittrock was first introduced to the Linklater Voice work in 1979 when he attended the first January Acting Intensive hosted by Shakespeare & Company, the Shakespeare theater company co-founded by Kristin Linklater and Tina Packer. He became a member of the company in 1983 and immersed himself in the Company’s ethos of actor training, performance, and service to the community (education program). He worked directly with Kristin Linklater for several years and trained under her to become a Designated Linklater Voice teacher in 1987. Peter taught voice and Shakespeare text for many years at Shakespeare & Company’s January and July intensives as well as appearing as an actor in numerous roles including Romeo, Hamlet, Iago, Banquo, Bassanio, among others. Subsequently, he taught voice and speech at the University of Massachusetts, Bennington College in Vermont, Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington MA., DePaul University in Chicago (formerly Goodman School of Drama), and later at USC and UCLA in California. He continues to teach voice privately in the Los Angeles area for actors and non-actors alike. Active in the small theater scene in Los Angeles, Peter was theater director at The Celtic Arts Center in North Hollywood where he produced The Lepers of Baile Baste, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, Celtic Tiger Me Arse and directed The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. Recent acting credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night, Juror 10 in Twelve Angry Men, at The Mechanicals Theater Company; Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor, Leontes in A Winter’s Tale and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, which he also directed, at the Southern California Shakespeare Festival. Other directing credits include the Laramie Project with The Mechanicals, and Romeo and Juliet at the Downtown Repertory Theater. He directed Taming of the Shrew at the Tulane Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University in New Orleans (which received a Jay Stanley Marquee nomination for best director), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Sun Valley Repertory Theater in Ketchum, Idaho. Peter recently earned his 200 hour Yoga Alliance teaching certificate and has begun to teach a combination of yoga and voice, furthering his interest in the intersection between personal growth and participation in theater. 

Speech

Tim Kopacz
Tim KopaczSpeech I, Speech II
Tim Kopacz has been a voice and speech teacher since 2014, when he first starting taking private clients in New England. He has served as a private teacher for actors and professionals alike who desire to take a conscious approach to their speech patterns, as well as the dialect consultant for full theatrical productions. He is a classically trained actor, having earned an MFA in Acting from Brown University, including three years of voice and speech under the tutelage of Thom Jones.

Production

Bonnie McNeil
Bonnie McNeilPlay Production
Bonnie McNeil is a longtime Stella Adler alumni. She’s been a part of the Adler family for more than twenty years. As part of the original “Company,” she performed in The Three Sisters and The Seagull, directed by Joanne Linville; and A Private View, Missalliance, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and the world premier of Heartbreak, all directed by Milton Justice. She was a founding member of Page 93, a company of alumnus such as Tim McNeil, Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Thornton, Susan Vinciotti, May Quigley and Jack Rodgers who she had the pleasure of working with on Hamlet, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Happy Birthday Wanda June, A Stye in the Eye, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, and Margaret, written be Tim McNeil and directed by Mark Ruffalo. She is now a member of the Elephant Theater Company and most recently was nominated for an LADCC award for her performance as Mabel in her husband Tim’s award winning play, Supernova, directed by Lindsay Allbaugh at the Elephant Theater. Her directing credits include, Side Man, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Rosemary With Ginger, The Divorce Party, Laundry and Bourbon, and Unfinished. She recently finished filming As High As The Sky, written and directed by Nikki Braendlin.

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Susan Vinciotti Bonito
Susan Vinciotti BonitoPlay Production
Susan Vinciotti Bonito is an alumnus of The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting West (now Stella Adler Academy-Los Angeles) and has extensive acting and directing credits both in Europe and the United States. Her training includes several years with Stella Adler in her Master Class Program and Joanne Linville among others. She was a founding member of Page 93 along with fellow alumni Mark Ruffalo, Tim and Bonnie McNeil, Christopher Thornton, Rick Peters, May Quigley, Hillary Weaver and John Jack Rodgers with whom she directed and performed in several productions including the world premiere of Margaret written by Tim McNeil and directed by Mark Ruffalo at the Hudson Backstage in Hollywood Theatre Row, The Day I Stood Still starring with Chris Carmack and Misalliance (LA Times Critic’s Choice) directed by Oscar winner Milton Justice. Most recently she appeared in Mother’s Day written by Mark Donnelly as part of the Imago Festival at the Adler. Directing credits include David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill (Backstage West Critic’s Pick), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Stye of The Eye by Christopher Durang at the Elephant Theatre in Hollywood.

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Rick Peters
Rick PetersPlay Production
Rick Peters is a working actor, writer, and teacher. His childhood and education include years in London, England and Melbourne, Australia. He began acting on stage at the age of 8, and has been a professional actor since 1991, and a teacher at the Stella Adler Academy and Theatre – Los Angeles for the past two years. Rick enjoyed the good fortune of working with Stella Adler in her master class, as well as years studying with Joanne Linville, Milton Justice, and Tim McNeil at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre – Los Angeles, and Richard Greene at the Coronet Theater. Rick’s television career includes work as a series regular on a number of television series, as well as recurring work on the shows Dexter, Masters of Sex, and numerous guest star credits which include most of the shows in the NCIS family.

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On Camera

Timothy Craig
Timothy CraigOn Camera Craft
Timothy Craig studied acting and script analysis personally with Stella Adler through the NYU Undergraduate Drama Program in New York City for three years and headed her conservatory voice and speech program for an additional six. His professional acting credits include roles in regional and summer stock theater, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, industrials and many national, network commercials.

It was also during this time that he studied acting and directing for two years with Evgeny Lanskoy, a master teacher and recent émigré from the Soviet Union, and learned the revolutionary, model-based updating of the Stanislavski System of Acting.

Mr. Craig left New York City to attend USC’s Graduate School of Cinema in Los Angeles and formed Cairn Productions, a successful partnership for producing and directing independent films, videos, commercials, industrials, and music videos. Most recently, he directed, shot and edited Take 22, a program of 22 video scenes for students of Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.

A published and produced playwright and screenwriter, his play, Oregon Dawn, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for Drama. His most recent play, Count, was presented at the National Math Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Craig is a member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Classical

Bruce Katzman
Bruce KatzmanShakespeare, Chekov
Bruce Katzman was a student of Stella Adler for five years and attended the Yale School of Drama, where he earned his MFA in Acting. He has taught workshops on the plays of Anton Chekhov in Oxford, England, in Denmark, and in Buenos Aries, Argentina. He has taught in NYC at the Circle Rep Theatre School, Stella Adler Conservatory and the Actors Center, where he was a member of the founding faculty. He has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Drama, Princeton, Williams College and the University of Scranton. Directing credits include Uncle Vanya and King Lear at the MET Theatre in Los Angeles. As an actor, he has appeared in New York with the Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival and Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre. TV credits include Desperate Housewives, Without a Trace, The O.C., Law and Order, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Strong Medicine and Late Night with David Letterman, as well as all the daytime dramas.

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Dmitri Boudrine
Dmitri BoudrineAction Analysis/Michael Chekhov, Theatre History
Dmitri Boudrine has more than 17 years of acting experience for Film & Television in North America. Dmitri studied film and TV acting and directing for five years at the Vakhtangov Theater School (Moscow, Russia), and went on to become an official representative of the school. The Vakhtangov Theater School is considered one of the 10 best acting schools in the world. He has performed on the stages of the world famous Moscow Art Theater and the Vakhtangov Theater. Dmitri’s extensive list of North American credits includes Cast Away, Perfect Sleep, Runaway Virus, Pandora’s Clock, Exiles In Paradise, Little Odessa, Lost, NYPD Blue, Without A Trace, Will & Grace, Monk, Alias, Robbery Homicide Division, X-Files, Mad About You, and Millennium. He also produced more than 75 TV projects for international broadcast. Dmitri worked with the United Players of Vancouver Theater Company where he directed Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya. Latter show was hailed as “one of the best Chekhovian performances in Canada in 25 years.”

Dmitri taught acting at the Union of British Columbia Performers (Canada) for 7 years (1990-1997), Michael Chekhov Studio West (USA) (1997-2007) and is currently teaching at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting-Los Angeles. He has conducted numerous acting workshops in Canada, the US, and Europe. He is a member of SAG, AFTRA, ACTRA, and UBCP.

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June Barfield
June BarfieldTheatre History, Special Workshops
June Barfield is a Los Angeles-based writer who began her career as an actor in New York. Her acting credits include The Dybuk at LaMama, The Trojan Women (Andromache) and Under Milkwood at the George St. Playhouse in New Jersey; and Two for the Seesaw and Othello (Desdemona) in New Jersey summer stock. She starred as Malke opposite Maurice Schwartz in a Los Angeles production of the Jewish classic Yoshe Kalb by I.J. Singer (English version). She also appeared on television in Search for Tomorrow and in the film Why Must I Die. Her writing credits include: A Woman of My Age (adaptation of novel to screenplay), and Too Close to Home (a one-hour segment for the television series Family). She wrote the English adaptation (Together Again) of the telenovela El Derecho de Nacer for Televisa, S.A., and she was an associate writer for General Hospital and One Life to Live. June holds degrees in Theatre from Los Angeles City College and from Rutgers University. She studied Advanced Scene Study with Uta Hagen, Modern Dance with Martha Graham, and she was on scholarship under John Houseman at the Stratford, Connecticut American Shakespeare Festival and Academy where she studied with Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand, original members of The Group Theatre.
Yorgos Karamihos
Yorgos KaramihosGreek Theatre
Yorgos Karamihos is an actor, director and acting teacher, born and raised in Greece. He graduated from the Philosophy and History Department of Ionian University and The Greek National Theatre Academy. In 2012 he received a Fulbright Scholarship as an exceptional artist to attend the fulltime program at Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles. As an actor, he played lead roles in more than 30 theatre plays of a range repertoire including ancient Greek dramas, Shakespeare, A. Checkov, T. Williams, F. Vendekind etc. He has also appeared in over 30 feature films and 12 TV series. Since 2008, he has directed 8 theatre plays in several major venues in Athens. He was awarded best stage actor of Greece in 2008. He has translated from English and Spanish into Greek and published several theatre plays. He is also known for supporting charitable institutions such as Therapeutic Riding Association of Greece, The Smile Of The Child, Animal Welfare Organizations, etc. He speaks 5 languages. He has been teaching acting on stage and in front of the camera using his own technique based on animal archetypes for the last 8 years in various Drama schools and healing centers. In 2010 he founded the Emporeios Workshops on Nissyros island in the Aegean sea.

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Improvisation

Shaunnie Smith
Shaunnie SmithImprovisation, Youth Acting Program
Shaunnie Smith is a native of Southern California. She has trained with UCLA’s Theater Actors Apprenticeship Program, Charles Conrad Studio, The Casting Break and Barbara Beneville’s Just Breathe. Theatre credits include Oedi, Father of the Bride and You Can’t Take It With You. In television, Shaunnie has appeared in Comedy Central’s Strip Mall, as well as commercially. When she joined the Hauska Comedy Troupe, she discovered her love for Improv. With Hauska, she had the privilege of performing at The Comedy Store and The Ice House. Shaunnie continues Improv performing with the Turning Point Improv Players under the direction of Pat Dade.
Chè Walker
Che Walker
Improvisation for Scene
Chè Walker is a graduate of Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He has notched up over forty professional Television Acting Credits and appeared in ten professional stage plays, before becoming a playwright. His first play Been So Long premiered at the world-renowned Royal Court Theatre in 1998, and subsequent translations and productions include New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Paris, Dortmund, Oslo and Copenhagen. His second stage play Fleshwound premiered at the Royal Court in 2003, and won both The George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and an Arts Council Writer of The Future Award. Crazy Love his play for Paines Plough Theatre Company, premiered in Oran Mor, Scotland before transferring to The Shunt, Central London in 2007. In 2008, Chè made theatrical history when his play The Frontline became the first contemporary-set play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London since Merry Wives of Windsor in 1597. Other writing credits include, The Frontline (2009), Lovesong (2010), The Eighth (2011), The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (2013), and Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre London 2014). Chè has taught acting at RADA, Central School for Speech and Drama, East 15 and the Arts Project for Socially Excluded Youth. He was also Head of Acting at the Weekend Arts College for over ten years. He has taught writing for the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, in the Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute, at the Centre Point Homeless Shelter, and for Hampstead Theatre Youth Project.

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Musical Voice

Robert Sprayberry
Robert SprayberryMusical Voice, Youth Acting Program
Robert Sprayberry; a post-graduate in music composition and conducting from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England has worked in Theater, modern dance, Film and TV for years. While studying overseas he spent time in Paris, France where he studied composition with the renowned Nadia Boulanger. Robert has written original scores for over 50 theatrical productions worldwide. In musical theater Robert was the musical director/conductor of the west coast premier of the Tony Award winning RENT with Neil Patrick Harris. After that tour Robert joined the National Tour of Elton John’s AIDA; then the Gazelle National Tour of THE LION KING followed by the stage adaptation of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL for Disney Theatrical. Coming full circle he was most recently the associate touring Conductor for the National and International tour of RENT – “The Broadway Tour” featuring many of the original cast members including Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Gwen Stewart. He has also toured and performed with various artists including Rupert Holmes (musical director and piano), Chaka Kahn (keyboard 1, piano), Sam Moore (mutli-keyboards), Patty Smythe (keyboards) and Eddie Fisher (musical director and conductor). In 1998 Robert received the Dramalogue Award for musical direction for the west coast premier of RENT and the Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his stage musical adaptation of THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (music & additional lyrics) which received it’s world premier at the Denver Center Theater and subsequent NYC production at The Manhattan Theater Club. In television Robert has composed for the TV series THE INVISIBLE MAN, RED DWARF, MYSTERIES FROM BEYOND THE OTHER DOMINION and REMEMBER WENN. In Film he has scored various films from QUICK with Teri Polo to BODILY HARM with Linda Fiorentino. He has served as Composer-in-Residence for The American Dance Festival and received numerous nominations for BESSIE AWARDS, the modem dance equivalent of the TONY.

He continues to reside in Los Angeles, CA where he continues to pursue his songwriting and scoring work.

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Adler in Spanish

Elia K. Schneider
Elia K. SchneiderAdler Technique in Spanish
A Graduate MFA/NYU/TISCH. Film Directing credits include: El Gran Mundo, Pedro Navaja, Tierras Prestadas, Agonia, Sicario, Huelepega, Oro Diablo, Punto y Raya, Un Lugar Lejano, Des-autorizados, and Esclavo de Dios.

Elia’s film Punto y Raya earned 30 international Film Awards, was presented to the Golden Globe and was the Official Selection for Venezuela to the Academy Awards as well as Sicario, Huelepega and Oro Diablo. Her recent film Des-Autorizados was nominated for the Golden Globet in the 13th Shanghai Film Festival. Recently her film Un-authorized was Official Selection-Golden Globet Nominee to the 13 Shanghai International Film
Festival-China.

In the theatre she wrote and directed: The Criminals, The Wedding, Man is Man, A Peticion del Publico, Blumfeld, Gaz,Stasis, Edipus Rex (opera), Rooms, The Lesson, and Immigrants. Many of her plays were performed at LA MAMA ETC Theatre in New York with excellent reviews of the New York Times, Daily News, Village Voice, and Other Stages. Some of her plays were presented at the Jerusalem International Theatre Festival and the International Theatre Festival of Caracas-Venezuela where she also was awarded with the Municipal Prize and the Critics Award (Critven).

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