MFA Audition Coaches - 2021 Season
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NEIL SHAH *

MFA The Old Globe/USD * BFA Marymount Manhattan College

Over the last decade, Neil has drawn from his experience as a classically-trained actor to bring to life 130+ fiction and non-fiction audiobooks, as well as long-form journalism, from just about every genre that exists. Known for his facility and versatility with dialects from all over the world and larger than life characterizations, he's received two Audiofile Earphone Awards . . .  full bio

  

Amy's an award-winning stage, screen & voice actress, with cherished theatrical productions including Appropriate (Humana, Louisville),  Intimate Apparel (Two River Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatre of Frankfurt), Beauty (La Jolla), Fallen Angels (Dorset Theater), Electra (Warehouse), There's No Bayville in Texas (Baldwin Festival; Outstanding Lead Actress Award) . . .  full bio

* MFA UCSD * BA UNC-Chapel Hill

AMY LYNN STEWART

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BILL DEMERITT * MFA Yale * BFA Marymount Manhattan College

Bill's a dynamic New York vet, with appearances in HBO's The Normal Heart (based on the Tony-award winning play by Larry Kramer), Law & Order: SVU, The Lennon Report, Person of Interest, Guiding LightOne Life to Live, and Vimeo's original series, The Outs, along with national VO & on-camera campaigns, video games, a number of brilliant audiobook performances . . .  full bio

                                           

GRETCHEN HALL  * MFA NYU * BA Fordham University

 

Gretchen is an accomplished actress, teacher & acting coach, with a wide range of work including the title role in Major Barbara at A.C.T & Theater Calgary, Nora in A Doll's House at The Old Globe, Imogen in Cymbeline and Isabella in Measure for Measure at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trouble in Mind at Arena Stage, Kate in Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Santa Cruz . . .  full bio

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Jennifer Rodriguez-De Castroverde is a professional vocal and acting coach. A Registered Rodenburg Teacher (RRT), Jennifer is the only RRT fluent in both English and Spanish. She currently works out of Michael Howard Studios in NYC, where she taught in the Patsy Rodenburg Master Teacher Certification program. She is also currently certifying . . .  full bio

 * MFA UCSD 

JENNIFER DE CASTROVERDE

Andrew W. Smith is a professional Actor, Director, Teacher, and Producer whose work has been seen throughout New York City, regionally, and internationally. He is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of award-winning Project Y Theatre Company in New York City. With Project Y, he has served as Producer and/or Director for 5 Women in Theatre Festivals, 2 New Playwright Festivals . . .  full bio

                                         

* MFA UCSD​ * BA Middlebury College 

ANDREW SMITH 

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Victoria's an accomplished actress, director and teacher, currently Professor of Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. Professional directing includes Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The Lacy Project and Sophie Scholl: The Last Days in New York City; educational credits include Constellations, Sense and Sensibility, Steel Magnolias . . .  full bio

VICTORIA MACK *

MFA NYU *

 BA Barnard College 

 

Brian is a physical, dynamic actor, teacher & coach that has worked for over a decade on both coasts. Since graduating UCSD's MFA Acting program, Brian's booked work for every platform, but his primary focus has been on theater that "moves the social conversation forward" - stage credits include: The Lifespan of a Fact (St. Louis Rep),  Angels in America . . .  full bio

* MFA UCSD * BFA Univ. of Wyoming

BRIAN SLATEN

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LAUREN MORRIS 

* MFA Cal State Long Beach *

BA Indiana State University

                                 

Lauren is an Atlanta-based theatre director, teacher and coach. After receiving her BA in theatre from Indiana State University, she worked as a theatre artist in Indianapolis before attending graduate school

at Cal State Long Beach for her MBA/MFA. Lauren works with several theatre companies in Atlanta, including Horizon Theatre Company as the Co-Director of the Apprentice Program . . .  full bio

                                 

Tia has been seen on Broadway, in The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst Theater), and regionally in Richard III (Allentown Shakespeare) Loving and Loving (Stella Adler Studios), Much Ado About Nothing (Two River Theater), The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale at The Public Theater in New York's renowned "Shakespeare in the Park" summer series . . .  full bio

TIA JAMES

MFA NYU *

 BFA Virginia Commonwealth University

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Liz Elkins Newcomer brings a wide and varied background in music, art, theatre and spirituality in her current role as an Educator and Director at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, and owner of Art of the Enneagram as a Certified Enneagram Teacher. Liz has a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU and the Atlantic School, and an MFA from USCD where she performed in . . .  full bio

 

LIZ ELKINS NEWCOMER 

* MFA UCSD *

BFA NYU (Atlantic School)

STACEY LINNARTZ * MFA NYU (Gerald and Iris Cantor Fellowship); Wheaton College, MA: Theatre & Dramatic Literature, Lillian Hellman Award

     

Stacey Linnartz is a New York City-based actor, director, producer, and teacher of acting. She is currently the Advanced Acting professor for the BFA programs at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and for the New York State Summer School of the Arts . . .  full bio

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KIMIYE CORWIN * MFA Brown/Trinity * BFA Juilliard (Dance) 

Kimiye's an actor, dancer & choreographer working out of Brooklyn, and a lifelong director, teacher & collaborator. Prior to her acting career, she danced professionally with the Jose Limon Dance Company for five years; her New York stage appearances as an actress include productions with Red Bull, Ma-Yi Theater & NAATCO; regional credits include . . .  full bio

AMANDA CREIGHTON * MFA New York University * BFA Univ. of Utah

A versatile actor, director and educator, Amanda's career spans screen, television, and stage. As a director, credits include Romeo and Juliet, the world premiere of Creighton James’s Dirt (Red Herring Prods), Two Gentleman of Verona (Jebby Awards winner). Other directing includes an originally conceived production of Heinrich Hoffman’s Struwwelpeter, and an all-female staging of MacBeth . . .  full bio           

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