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Education

19911994

M.F.A. Theatre (Acting Track), 1994

University of South Carolina - College of Arts and Sciences

Received a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina, and did a one year internship at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D. C., where I received the Paul Shinkman Scholarship for outstanding student actor.  I continued on at the Shakespeare Theatre as a company member.

19871989

Associate of Arts Degree

Goldenwest College

Associate's of Arts Degree in Theatre with an emphasis on acting.  Also was a teaching assistant in my 2nd year for the drama program.

Employment History; Educational

2003Present

Film Acting Instructor/Director

AMDA College of the Performing Arts Los Angeles

Teach all levels of acting techniques with a major focus on acting for the camera.  Courses include; scene study, monologues, auditioning, Shakespeare, as well as working with different genres on camera, including; Steadicam technique, green screen, and various multicamera styles of acting.

Also direct and produce short films, scene projects, and music videos for various student projects throughout the year.

1997Present

Guest Lecturer/Private Acting Coach

Teacher/Lecturer

Teach workshops and coach privately all over the country.  Workshops include lectures on:  Film, TV, Commercial acting, and transitioning from the stage to the screen.

Also, teach workshops to teachers on techniques to teach on camera acting at the university level.

20042005

Guest Artist/On Camera/Film Instructor

University of South Carolina

Taught Advanced Film Acting to University graduate students. 

Also, taught basic to advanced on camera technique, and multi camera and steadicam styles.

20022002

Acting Instructor/Director

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Taught courses in basic to advanced acting techniques, acting and auditioning for the camera.

Also, directed workshop productions of "Oedipus the King" and "Antigone".

19971999

Acting Instructor

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Taught both stage and film acting.  Trained undergraduate actors in both techniques and scene work.   Also, directed on the mainstage theatre, including the Shakespearean production of the season "The Tempest.

19971997

Acting Instructor/Director

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School

Taught courses in basic and advanced acting, and movement for the actor. 

I also directed and developed orginal works for the main stage.

FILM Directing Credits

  • Director, SCATTERING MOTHER - SAG  Feature Film; Tandam Films, Los Angeles
  • Director, THE LIE - TNT Film Productions, Los Angeles
  • Director,SPIRIT CONNECTIONS - TLK Productions Television Pilot, Los Angeles

Producer/Director - Various short film, documentaries, and videos for corporate work.

Notable AMDA Short Films that went to  recent Film Festivals

  • Director/Editor  SIRI 2.0 - AMDA College of the Performing Arts
  • Director/Editor THE FORGIVENESS - AMDA College of the Performing Arts
  • Director/Editor WRITER'S BLOCK - AMDA College of the Performing Arts
  • Director/Editor DOUBLE VISION - AMDA College of the Performing Arts
  • Director/Editor THE CLEAN UP - AMDA College of the Performing Arts
  • Director/Editor CHECKMATE - AMDA College of the Performing Arts
  • Director,/Editor HAPPILY EVER AFTER- AMDA College of the Performing Arts

I have shot over 400 short films/music/dance videos for AMDA and various other schools.  I am both director and editor on all.

Stage Directing Credits

  • Director, THE TEMPEST - California State University Dominguez Hills
  • Director, A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 3KO Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA
  • Director, OEDIPUS THE KING - Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
  • Director, FOOL'S GOLD - Sierra Repertory theatre, Sonora, CA
  • Director, LES BELLES SOEURS - Stage Door Manor, New York
  • Director,THE YOUNG AND FAIR - Stage Door Manor, New York
  • Director, STREET SCENE - Perry-Mansfield Perfoming Arts School, Colorado
  • Director, JOYFUL NOISES - Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, Colorado
  • Director, THREE WISHES - Glendale Performing Arts Academy, Glendale, CA

Various Outreach Employers-Director and Actor Los Angeles for short original works to go to various outreach communities in the Los Angeles Area.

Other Acting Courses Taught

  • Intro To Theatre - A class for non acting majors.  A basic introduction to the art of the theatre.
  • Acting One - Intro to stage acting and basic character development
  • Acting Two - More advanced work in character developement and shaping a character
  • Advanced Scene Study- Advanced theatre acting class with the focus on scene work.
  • Styles for the actor - advanced class in working with Shakespeare and classic literature
  • Movement for the Actor -  A class based on creating character through phyisicality.  Intro. to the work of Rudolph Laban and Jerzy Grotowski
  • Intro to Voice and Speech - Intro Class for IPA and Skinner work.

Summary

As a teacher, I have taught a large variety of theatre and film courses/workshops including; scene study, monologues, auditioning, directing (both for stage and film/tv); All levels of camera techiniques, including single camera, multicamera, sitcoms and soaps, working with steadicams, jibs, drones; as well as working with CGI and animation

Professional Affiliations

  • SAG-AFTRA
    • active member for over 30 years
  • Actor's Equity Association (AEA)
    • active member for 25 years
  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS)
    • Emmy Blue Ribbon Panel Judge
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
    • Active member and conference lecturer/presenter
  • Educational Theatre Association (EDTA)
    • Active member and conference lecturer/presenter
  • International Documentary Association (IDA)
    • Active member

Film/TV acting Experience

  • Stan                                             Lead                            Evald Johnson, Dir
  • Firestarter: Rekindled               Supporting                 Robert Iscove, Dir.
  • YMI                                              Lead                            Marek Probosz,Dir.           
  • Contact                                       Supporting                 Robert Zemeckis, Dir.
  • The Deadline                              Lead                            Jeff Karoff, Dir.
  • Thirteen Heads of Hair             Supporting                 Tony Adelman, Dir.
  • Gang Related                             Supporting                 Jim Kouf, Dir.
  • Innocent Victims                       Supporting                 Gilbert Cates, Dir.
  • Hunter                                         Guest Star                  NBC
  • General Hospital                        Recurring                   ABC
  • Haunted                                      Guest Star                  UPN
  • The Chronicle                             Guest Star                  Sci Fi Channel
  • Port Charles                               Recurring                    ABC
  • Men Behaving Badly                 Guest Star                  NBC
  • Baywatch                                    Guest Star                  Syndicated
  • The Weird Al Show                    Guest Star                  CBS
  • Models Inc.                                 Guest Star                  Fox
  • Regis & Kathy Lee                     Comedy Spot             ABC
  • Innocent Victims                       Co-Star                        ABC (miniseries)
  • Secrets & Mysteries                  Co-Star                       ABC
  • Hard Copy                                   Co-Star                       Paramount TV
  • That’s Happening                      Guest Star                  N.T.V. Network
  • Spudniks Comedy Show          Starring                      Group W
  • A Deadly Lemming EncounterStarring                       Simmons Cable TV
  • The Don Melvion Show            Co-Star                        WGTU TV

Commercial and Industrial/Training Films: Have done over 100 commercials, industrial/corporate films

Stage Acting experience

(representative)

  • Twelfth Night                          Malvolio        Jeff Mills                  
    • Shakespeare Santa Barbara
  • Doctor’s Dilemma                   Redpenny    Michael Kahn           
    • The Shakespeare Theatre/D.C.
  • Romeo & Juliet                       Watch           Barry Kyle                 
    • The Shakespeare Theatre/D.C.
  • Julius Caesar                          Cobbler        Joe Dowling              
    • The Shakespeare Theatre/D.C.
  • Richard II                                  Gardener     Michael Kahn            
    • The Shakespeare Theatre/D.C.
  • Chapter Two                            Leo               Calvin Remsburg      
    • South Bay Civic Light Opera
  • Smoke and Mirrors                 Clarke          Dennis Jones            
    • Sierra Repertory Theatre
  • Merry Wives of Windsor        Sir Hugh      Maureen Clarke         
    • S.C. Shakespeare Festival
  • Loot                                           Truscott      Frederick Barbour     
    • PCPA Theaterfest
  • Pygmalion                                Pickering     Roger Delaurier         
    • PCPA Theaterfest
  • Much Ado About Nothing      Antonio       Paul Barnes               
    • PCPA Theaterfest
  • Importance of Being EarnestLane            Jonathan Daly           
    • PCPA Theaterfest
  • The Tempest                            Antonio       Stuart Omans           
    • Orlando Shakespeare Festival
  • Taming of The Shrew             Tranio          Sara Z. Daspin          
    • Orlando Shakespeare Festival
  • Joe Egg                                     Brian            Joel T. Cotter            
    • Alternative Repertory Theatre
  • Real Inspector Hound             Simon         Scott Zuckman         
    • Long Beach Studio Theatre
  • After Magritte                           Foot            Scott Zuckman         
    • Long Beach Studio Theatre
  • Sherlock Holmes                     Holmes       Baron Mosley           
    • Murder Mysteries, Inc.
  • Macbeth                                    Malcolm     Jeanette Mason       
    • Oldetowne Playhouse

Honors and Awards

  • Paul Shinkman Scholarship;
    • Outstanding Actor/Univ. Fellow at The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.
    • Chosen as grad. student to work with professional resident company
  • Critics Choice Award Los Angeles
    • Best  Performance by a lead actor for Brian in  "A  Day in the Death of Joe Egg"
  • Indy Award 
    • Best Performance by a Lead Actor for Malvolio  in William Shakespeare;s "Twelfth Night" ;Santa Barbara Shakespeare Festival

Lectures and Presentations

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  •              STAGE TO SCREEN;  HOW TO TAKE A THEATRE TRAINED ACTOR AND TRAIN  THEM  FOR THE CAMERA.  Chicago, IL
  •  Education Theatre Association (EDTA)
  •             "TRAINING A FILM ACTOR"  THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAINING AN ACTOR FOR A CAREER IN BOTH FILM AND   STAGE.  Atlanta, GA    
  • Workshops and presentations for various High Schools in Los Angeles area.  We work with at-risk youth in filmmaking and acting throughout the local area

    References

    • Lacy Altwine - Stage Combat Supervisor - AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles
    • Brian Beery -- Head of Screenwriting - AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles
    • Joel Kneedler - Founder of Artistic Direction; Former Publisher with HarperCollins
    • David J. Barry - Longtime Colleague and personal reference