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BFA COACHES - 2021 SEASON *

STACEY SARGEANT  *  BFA Syracuse * Drama Desk, Drama League & Lortel nominee

                                                           

A "luminous" actress on both stage and screen, Stacey's a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music & the Performing Arts & received her BFA in Acting (Musical Theater) from Syracuse University.  She recently received lead actress Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel nominations for her work in the NY Times Critic's Pick, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future at Ars Nova . . .  full bio 

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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)

LINDSAY NICOLE CHAMBERS BFA Otterbein, Musical Theater & Dance

Lindsay went from her hometown of Columbus, Ohio to the bright lights of Broadway in short order, appearing in Lysistrata Jones, Legally  Blonde, and Hairspray, along with hit national tours of Kinky Boots (as Lauren), Elf and Hairspray, smash productions of Forbidden Broadway, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Clue . . .  full bio

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TOM WOJTUNIK  * BFA MMC (Acting & Directing) * Director (NY IT Award nominee) 

                                                 

Tom is a celebrated stage director, casting director & former Artistic Director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC, 2008-2014), where he directed NY IT award-winning revivals of Allegro and Children of Eden. Additional at APAC includes Blood Brothers, The Secret Garden, Love Trapezoid (new musical workshop), The Human Comedy, The Pillowman, Ragtime and Proof . . .  full bio

STACEY LINNARTZ * MFA NYU (Gerald and Iris Cantor Fellowship); BA 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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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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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 

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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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

                                           

  

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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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

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GINIFER KING

 BFA Western Michigan University * Broadway & TV, Musicals, Comedy

Ginifer is a charismatic, successful stage and screen actress with a love for mentoring and coaching people to be their best in the room --  whether they're auditioning, on set, or interviewing for an agent. She made her Broadway debut right out of college in Sam Mendes’ revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, playing the title role of Gypsy Rose Lee on numerous occasions. Other Broadway credits include . . .  full bio

BEN TOLPIN *

BFA Marymount Manhattan *

On-Camera Commercial & Comedy Pro

Ben's been a successful actor & prolific on-camera commercial performer for nearly 25 years, having appeared in more than 90 national campaigns including Super Bowl spots (Anheuser-Busch, Fed Ex, Motorola, Samsung) and a stretch as the national spokesperson for TGIFridays.  With his natural chops for comedy, improv & the camera, Ben's also booked numerous film & TV appearances . . .  full bio

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DAN BITTNER * BFA MMC * Broadway, TV, VO, Audie Award winner

 

Dan is a prolific NY actor, appearing in TV series including Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Law & Order, Bored to Death, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and The Leftovers; along with films Brittany Runs a Marathon, The Post, Marshall, The Wolf of Wall Street and Adventureland.  On stage, Dan appeared on Broadway in The Vertical Hour, directed by Sam Mendes . . .  full bio

 

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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BIANCA AMATO * University of Cape Town * Emery Battis Award, Elliot Norton Award, Helen Hayes & Irene nominee, Audie & Earphones multi-award winner 

Bianca's distinguished career began in her home country of South Africa, before moving to NYC, appearing in celebrated Broadway productions including Tom Stoppard's Tony award-winning Coast of Utopia trilogy, Arcadia and MacbethThe Importance of Being Earnest at BAM, Top Girls, Pride & Prejudice, As You Like It and Pygmalion at the Guthrie, King Lear . . .  full bio

JEREMY O'KEEFE *

Casting Director & Filmmaker

BFA UNC Chapel Hill * BADA

Jeremy is an accomplished casting director, writer, director and producer. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Jeremy began his career in the arts at the Wilmington Drama League. At 16, he had his first internship on Broadway shadowing director Mike Ockrent on "A Christmas Carol" at Madison Square Garden. Jeremy studied with Fiona Shaw at the British-American Drama Academy . . .  full bio

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