Professional Program in Acting for the Camera
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Professional Program in Acting for the Camera, the only non-degree acting program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Acting Program faculty and receive:
• A world-class acting education in three quarters
• An intimate learning environment with a maximum of 16 students per workshop
• Access to casting decision makers throughout the third quarter
Gain knowledge from successful professionals in the industry. Recent guests have included: Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Zootopia), Chelsea Handler, James Ponsoldt (Director The Spectacular Now), Sacha Gervasi (Director Hitchcock), Dan Harmon (Showrunner Community), Jeffrey Reiner (Director The Affair), Adam Chase (TV EP Mom), April Webster (Casting Director Star Wars), Grace Wu (EVP Casting NBC), Kate Adler (EVP Comedy CBS), Tony Sepulveda (Senior VP Casting WB), Anya Colloff (Casting Director Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, iZombie), Richard Schiff (West Wing, Ballers, House of Lies), Alfred Molina (Angie Tribeca, Matador), Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple, Reno 911!, The State), Eric Balfour (Haven, 24, Valemont), Garrett Dillahunt (The Mindy Project, Justified, Raising Hope), Lucas Bryant (Haven, M.V.P.), Michael O'Neil (Rectify, Extant, Dallas Buyers Club), Colin Ferguson (The Vampire Diaries, Eureka), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), The cast of MTV’s Awkward, Bonnie Zane (Casting Director), Aaron Lipstadt (Director Elementary, Grimm, Medium), Maggie Haskins (Principato Young), John Carrabinno (Manager) and more.
Apply today for this life-changing program.
The Professional Program in Acting for the Camera takes place over three academic quarters at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
In our Scene Study workshops, students use film and television scene work to deepen their ability to consistently deliver honest, fully present performances.
In our Acting for the Camera workshops, student learn the acting techniques, set etiquette, and personal strategies necessary to secure work and perform in film and on television.
In our Career Development workshop, special industry guests focus on topics like agents and managers, casting directors, branding, networking, SAG AFTRA, social media, original digital content creation and evolving distribution strategies.
The 2017-2018 schedule is as follows:
Focus will be on acting and audition techniques for film and one-hour television drama.
Students attend classes two times per week for 10 weeks, and attend one Master Class with a well known actor or director.
Scene Study - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
Acting for the Camera - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
Master Class - One Friday night or one Saturday afternoon per quarter
Focus will be on career development, as well as acting and audition techniques for film and single and multi-camera television comedy.
Students attend classes three times per week, and attend one Master Class with a well known actor or director.
Scene Study - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
Acting for the Camera - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
Career Development - Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm
Master Class - One Friday night or one Saturday afternoon per quarter
The final Scene Study workshop will be designed to meet the needs of the individual students.
In the Acting for the Camera course, students will work on acting and audition techniques directly each week with instructors and/or distinguished guest directors, casting directors and producers from the film and television industry.
Students attend classes two nights per week for 10 weeks, and attend one Master Class with a well known actor or director.
Scene Study - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
Acting for the Camera - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm
Master Class - One Friday night or one Saturday afternoon per quarter
Students who successfully finish the program will receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Program Details, Deadlines and Application Procedures
Course Dates: October 2, 2017 through June 7, 2018
Class Size: There will be two workshops, limited to 16 students each
Application Deadline for International Students: Saturday, Monday, June 5, 2017
Application Deadline for U.S. Students: Monday, August 28, 2017
LATE Applications: It is possible that late applications may be considered after the posted deadlines, but only if a spot is still available in the program. Please call the Professional Programs office at 310.825.6124 if you would like to submit an application after the posted deadlines. Do not submit a late application without calling us first.
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA APPLICATION PROCEDURE
The Professional Program in Acting for the Camera features a selection process based on supporting application materials as well as a live callback. Applicants must be at least 21 years old at the start of the program.
Completed applications must be sent via email in pdf format.
If we have received your application, you will receive a confirmation, usually within one business day, that it had been received. If you do not receive confirmation, please check your spam folder.
Please note that hotmail and MSN frequently send our email responses to your spam folder. It is in your best interest to use a gmail email address when sending your application.
Applicants are notified via email if they have been invited to a live callback for consideration.
In addition to the application, the following five items must also be submitted in one pdf. The pdf file title should have your last name, first name and 2017-2018. For example: (LawrenceJennifer2017-2018.pdf). The pdf file should not exceed 27 MB, or our email server won't accept it. Please check your file size before sending.
• Acting Resume
Previous credits in theater, film, television and digital content, as well as previous industry-related education and any union affiliations should be included.
Please include your most recent headshot.
• Acting Reel
Students are required to submit a link to an acting reel of their work. Reels should convey range and the applicant's ability to intimately connect with another actor. Please do not email a reel as an attachment. We will not open it. Instead, please upload it to a public or private youtube, Vimeo or personal web page and include the password information we will need to view it in the proper spot on your application form.
Applicants can still be considered for the program even if a professional reel cannot be provided. Instead, please send a few short scenes with different partners. No monologues. Recording on an iPhone is fine but please make sure the sound quality is strong. Upload the video to a public or private youtube, Vimeo or personal web page and include the information needed to view it in the proper spot on your application form.
• Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose is simply a short essay in which we'd like you to tell us a little about yourself and your acting goals. Your Statement of Purpose should be one full page in length, single or double-spaced.
• Signed and Dated Copy of the Professional Programs Policies
After a successful callback, students may be invited to attend the program. At that point, a deposit payment for the program will be requested. The balance of the tuition must be paid in full before the program begins. Exact payment dates are listed on the application form. Tuition may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Discover. Students may also pay by cashier's check or money orders made out to UC Regents. We do not accept personal checks.
IMPORTANT: There is no application fee for our programs. If an applicant is not admitted, the applicant will not be charged.
At this time, financial aid is not available for any of our courses. However, some banks offer private loans specifically for non-degree programs and will send the money to you upon verification of enrollment. Applicants interested in a private loan must first be enrolled in one of our programs and make their tuition payments directly to the Professional Programs office as described above. Do not apply for a loan that requires the lender to send the money to the university. Once payments are made to the Professional Programs office, the lending bank will request proof of enrollment and/or a receipt. We can provide those items for you.
Please be advised that Sallie Mae loans are not available for the Professional Programs. If you have questions about this, please call (310) 825-6124.
REFUND POLICY AND SCHEDULE
Applicants who would like to withdraw from any of our courses must do so in writing. Students may simply email us at email@example.com.
The refund schedule is indicated on the application form. If you have questions about this policy, please call (310) 825-6124.
International applicants must be at least 21 years old by the start of the program.
If you are a non-native English-speaking student, please be advised that our professional programs are intensive and that all work must be practiced in English. A sufficient command of the English language is necessary to participate in our courses. A TOEFL score of 560 (paperbased) or 87 (internet based iBT) will be necessary to participate in this course.
The only visas approved by the U.S. government and UCLA for the Professional Programs are the F-1 or J-1 visas. No other visas will be accepted.
If you are enrolled in the Professional Programs and need a F-1 or J-1 visa, you will first need to apply for a UCLA I-20 (F-1) or UCLA DS2019 (J-1). The I-20 or DS2019 is the document that you will bring to your local American consulate in order to obtain your visa. First, apply for the UCLA Professional Program of your choice per the admission instructions. If you are admitted, you may request an I-20 or DS2019 application from us. At that point, you will need to complete the I-20 or DS 2019 application and provide a number of supporting financial documents, as well as a copy of the photo page from your passport. (J-1 applicants will also need a letter from a non-personal sponsor stating that they will be covering at least 51% of your expenses while you are enrolled in your UCLA Professional Program.) We will send you instructions in an email.
Participation in TFT Professional Programs is prohibited under the B1/B2 visas/ESTA visa waiver program (WT/WB).
To allow enough time to obtain a visa, you must apply to our programs by the posted International Student Application Deadline. International students are encouraged to apply for the Professional Program as early as possible. The longer the wait, the less likely it will be that you will have enough time to secure your visa before the course begins. There is no discount for international students who arrive late to the program.
Please be advised that there is a non-refundable $340 I-20 or DS2019 processing fee payable to UCLA. You will be charged this fee once your I-20 or DS2019 is processed. In addition, please be aware that students entering the United States on a F-1 or J-1 visa must first pay a $180 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith Moreland (Program Co-Creator) teaches acting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She is a seasoned actress who has performed both on and Off-Broadway and has worked with many theater companies including the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theater Los Angeles and Shakespeare Festival/LA. Additionally, she was a company member of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater for many years. Ms. Moreland won an Ovation Award for her performance in the Fountain Theater’s production of Miss Julie and a Bay Area Theater Critics Award for her performance in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Miss Evers’ Boys. Her film and television credits include “Dark Skies,” “Eagle Eye,” “Blackish”, “Parenthood,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parks and Recreation,” “General Hospital”, “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Mentalist” and “Castle.” She has taught at Stanford University, American Conservatory Theater, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Oxford University for the British American Drama Academy.
Andrea Bendewald is a graduate of the acclaimed Drama Department at LaGuardia High School of the Arts in New York City, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. A professional actress for the past twenty years, Andrea has appeared in over thirty television shows and films, including such favorites as ENTOURAGE, CSI MIAMI, WITHOUT A TRACE, GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, ELLEN, SEINFELD, FRIENDS, SUDDENLY SUSAN and TWO AND A HALF MEN. She was nominated for an Ovation Award for her performance in GIRLS TALK, which premiered in LA at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and was selected to perform her one-woman show, ABOVE AND BEYOND, at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival. Andrea is currently a sought-after acting coach, working with notable actors at the height of their film and television careers. Her clients are currently starring in television series and movies on NBC, LIFETIME, CBS, USA and FOX. Andrea is Founder of The Art of Circling: a spiritual program that deepens the relationship to the authentic self through circle work, ceremony and self empowerment techniques. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor/writer/director Mitch Rouse, and their two children, Tennessee and Strummer.
DAVID DEAN BOTTRELL is a veteran character actor whose television work includes many guest and recurring roles on such shows as “Justified,” “Mad Men,” “True Blood,” “Modern Family” “Longmire,” “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Castle,” “Boston Legal” and “Days of Our Lives” to name just a few. Since 2009, He’s taught a popular L.A. camera acting class as well as teaching frequent workshops for the SAG Conservatory, SAG-AFTRA’s continuing education department and the Actors Link. Since 2012, he has taught acting and camera technique for both the New York and the Los Angeles Campuses of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition, he has an extensive theatre background and has also written screenplays for many of the major studios in Hollywood.
Daniel Buran is an actor, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor Of Fine Arts degree in acting from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and studied at The Stella Adler Academy Of Acting in Hollywood. Daniel is a twenty year veteran of the film industry, working both behind and in front of the camera, in which he's proudly carved out a career as a character actor in film and television. He has recurred on numerous television series including “True Blood”, “Nashville”, “Justified” and “Major Crimes”. And he has guest starred on many more, including “Dexter”, “CSI:NY”, “Criminal Minds”, “Second Chance” and “Southland”. He also played the lead character in CSI creator Anthony Zuiker’s three part, digital-horror-novel-series “Level 26”. When not acting, Daniel dedicates his time to writing and painting on canvass at his home studio in Venice Beach.
Alicia Coppola is currently recurring on Showtime's Shameless and is starring in the soon to be released Feature film A Cowgirl's Story opposite Baliee Madison. Alicia is also recurring on CBS's NCIS LA and recently co-starred opposite Zac Efron in Max Joseph's Feature film We Are Your Friends. She has recently appeared on TruTv's Those Who Can't, FX's Sons Of Anarchy, CBS's Criminal Minds and as the Iconic role of Talia Hale on MTV's Teen Wolf. During Alicia's career, she is known for the role of Lorna Devon on NBC's long running soap opera Another World, has starred in television series such as CBS's Jericho, TNT's Bull, NBC's Cold Feet, and Trinity, to name a few. She has recurred on ABC FAMILY's Nine Lives Of Chloe King and USA's Common Law, and is highly recognizable for her roles in CBS's CSI and Two And A Half Men, NBC's Law And Order; Criminal Intent, Crossing Jordan, USA's SUITS and theFeature film National Treasure 2, Book Of Secrets.
You might also know Alicia's voice as she has an extensive voice over career, as the tag voice of Acura, the voice of Kikkoman, Publix, the trailer of Pedro Almodovar's Volver, and "She Hulk" in the Iron Man games to name just a few.
Alicia is a published author. Her book Gracefully Gone was launched June 2013 in time for Father's Day on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Gracefully Gone is a decade long dialogue between her father Matt, and Alicia as he lay dying from brain cancer while she struggled to grow up within that murky shadow. It is a fusion of two journals; her father's writings from his 1980 diagnosis until his 1983 remission and Alicia's journal from 1989-1991 as she cared for him until his passing. There is more writing to come from Alicia, as she is currently working on new material influenced by her other career as a wife and mother to her three daughters. This material is being "showcased" in the form of Standup, which Alicia had the balls to attempt. So far so good…she has had a few bookings…Flappers and The Comedy Store in LA and just recently had her first headlining gig at Caroline's Comedy Club in her hometown of NY. Who knew…
Alicia is from Long Island, NY and holds a Bachelors Degree from NYU in Political Anthropology and Philosophy. She currently lives in California with her husband and their three daughters.
Born in a small town in South Georgia, Nikki Deloach always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. She started dancing at the age of three which led to singing, modeling, and, eventually, acting. All of her hard work paid off and at the young age of 12, DeLoach became a member of The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling. After the show, DeLoach spent several years in Los Angeles pursuing acting where she starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Bill Paxton in the movie The Traveller, and played Anthony LaPaglia's daughter in The Jimmy V Story, and TV series like Misery Loves Company. Soon after, she was offered the opportunity to venture into the music industry. She signed to RCA and BMG records, and became a part of the 90's girl group Innosense. Since then, DeLoach has gone on to enjoy a successful and diverse career as an actress in Hollywood.
DeLoach can currently be seen on MTV's #1 scripted and critically acclaimed show, Awkward. She is considered one of television's "hottest moms" with her portrayal of Lacey Hamilton, the young and well-meaning mother of Jenna, the show's focus. The series has been praised by fans and critics alike, and has appeared on numerous "Best of TV Lists" including TV Guide's Hot List, Variety, USA Today, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Time Magazine, to name just a few. The series along with the cast was recently nominated for a Young Hollywood Award for Bingeworthy Television Show, as well as for a People's Choice Award for Best Cable TV Comedy. The show returned for the highly anticipated Season 5, which premiered in late August 2015.
Though she is perhaps best known for her role on Awkward. and The Mickey Mouse Club, DeLoach is no stranger to television and film. DeLoach has recently been seen guest starring on hit shows Grey's Anatomy, Castle, The Exes, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. She was also a series regular on the popular show North Shore. Other credits include guest roles on CSI, CSI: NY, Ringer, Major Crimes, Sirens, Cold Case, Mad Men and Without A Trace, to name just a few. Some of DeLoach's most recent films include A Kind of Magic, Love & Other Drugs where she starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Flying Lessons opposite Maggie Grace and Hal Holbrook, and the French comedy Hollywoo.
Outside of acting, DeLoach is dedicated to sharing her passions and idea with others. She started a blog with SheKnows.com that is a platform for women all over the world to come together through common experiences. She is also very well-versed in current events and enjoys sharing her views on politics and pop-culture as a guest panelist with The Young Turks Network and Dr. Drew On Call. DeLoach shares her love for acting by coaching at the renowned Warner Loughlin Studios. She also co-founded an organization called "iWe" (Industry that Works for Everyone), that fights for gender equality in the entertainment industry.
With such a busy schedule, DeLoach works hard to find a happy balance between work and her personal life. It has been almost two years since she was blessed with a son, and a brand new role to tackle. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and watching football.
Marilyn Fox has taught acting classes in Los Angeles for over 25 years and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television since 2002. She has been the Artistic Director of Pacific Resident Theatre since 1995. Under her watch, Pacific Resident Theatre has produced 65 mainstage productions which have garnered over 150 awards for excellence including: 25 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, 20 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Nominations, 36 Garland Awards, 7 Ovation Awards, and 2 Outstanding Season Awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. She most recently co-directed the multi-award nominated 2013 production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge (Huffington Post Best Plays of 2013, LA Times Critics Choice). She directed The Browning Version (Top Ten Plays in California 2009, Charles McNulty, LA Times), (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (LADCC) Best Direction). As an actress at PRT, she played Lady Torrance in Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending (Best Performance, LADCC Award). Other roles include Bessie Berger in Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! at PRT and the Odyssey Theatre (LADCC Award, Best Performance). She played Bessie Berger again in Awake and Sing! at The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and in a series of staged readings with Eli Wallach, Josh Brolin, Ed Asner and Alec Baldwin in New York at Primary Stages and the Daryl Roth Theatres. She played Esther Franz in Arthur Miller's The Price (Robbie Award, Performance) at Laguna Playhouse. Also at PRT: Molnar's The Swan (LADCC nomination, Best Performance, Garland Award), Sarah in Chekhov's Ivanov directed by Gar Campbell, Ludmilla in The Quick Change Room (Best Performance, LADCC and Garland Awards.) As a director at PRT, Marilyn with Gar Campbell was nominated for Best Direction by the LADCC for both Golden Boy and The Playboy of the Western World. In 2008, she directed Fata Morgana (LADCC nomination, Best Revival) at PRT. Ms. Fox directed The Seagull at the Powerhouse Theater, The Glass Menagerie (with Tom Jane and Sherry North) at Laguna Playhouse, The Swan Play at the Odyssey Theatre and Giraudoux's Ondine (LADCC Award, Best Direction) at PRT. Ms. Fox is a 3-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Performance by an Actor. She was recently honored by the LA Weekly with their prestigious Career Achievement Award.
Randee Heller made her New York debut in Godspell and then soon joined the Broadway cast of Grease as Rizzo. A television series written by Joan Rivers brought her to Los Angeles as a series regular. In LA, she soon became a regular in the groundbreaking series, Soap, playing the very first lesbian on network television. More recently, Randee has appeared as a guest star on The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Nip/Tuck, ER, Modern Family and numerous other dramas and comedies. Currently, she's had recurring roles on Wilfred, In Plain Sight, Judging Amy and Popular. Adept at both comedy and drama, she considers herself fortunate to have played two iconic roles in contemporary American entertainment: Lucille LaRusso, Ralph Macchio's mother in The Karate Kid and Ida Blankenship, Don Draper's secretary in Mad Men , for which she received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Suzanne Jacobs studied at The Actors’ Center in New York and The Audition Studio in Chicago, before receiving her MFA in Acting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, she can be seen in numerous commercials and industrials, and in television and film such as Passions and Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic. In addition to her work at The Odyssey Theatre, The Long Beach Playhouse, and Whodunnit (where she toured all over the Northern Hemisphere), Suzanne is a member of Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang and most recently appeared as Titania in their summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She also received an Honorable Mention Garland Award from Backstage West for her performance as Marquise de Merteuil in the Ark Theater’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Suzanne has been on faculty in the theatre departments at numerous local colleges and universities and has taught Acting, Audition Techniques, Improvisation, Playwrighting, and Acting for the Camera. She is also a director with a wide range of experience from Shakespeare to televised Improvisational shows.
Spencer Kramber is a working actor, audition technique teacher and session director for many commercial casting directors in Los Angeles. With an M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Spencer has taught his on-camera audition technique class, C.A.S. - Commercial Audition Simulator, at UCLA, East L.A. College, Minnesota State University - Mankato, and Heidelberg University. As an actor he has performed with many theater companies including Shakespeare in the Park - Minneapolis, the Boston Chamber Theater, the National Theatre for Children, the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble and at the Samuel Beckett Theater, Dublin, Ireland. Spencer received part of an Ovation "Best Ensemble" Award nomination for his performance in the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble's "The War Cycle: Gospel According to First Squad". His television credits include "Criminal Minds", "The Young & the Restless" and many commercial credits. While working in the casting world the past 13 years Spencer has helped cast over a thousand commercials and estimates he's auditioned over a 100,000 actors for commercials, film and voice over work.
Megan McNulty is a working actor, educator, producer and writer. She holds her Master of Teaching and BA in Theatre from the University of Virginia. Upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Megan moved to New York where she worked in film, commercials, daytime drama, and on stage, both regionally and within the city. She then moved to Los Angeles and quickly started to accrue network, cable and pilot credits. Megan has guest starred on CBS, ABC, NBC, TNT, Showtime, Lifetime and Nickelodeon. Favorite credits include Huff, Heartbeat, How I Met Your Mother, Zoey 101, Friends With Better Lives, and General Hospital, opposite James Franco. On stage, she has originated numerous roles, including world premieres at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Abingdon Theatre Company, and the LA premiere of Dog Sees God (ensemble nominations -LADCC, LA Weekly & GLAAD Awards).
As a certified educational specialist with 18 years in the field, Megan has managed a successful tutoring business, throughout NYC and LA, utilizing creative instructional methods to help her students master concepts and gain confidence. Megan has been most thrilled however, to combine her passions for acting and education in her work at Warner Loughlin Studios in Hollywood. Here she serves as a Studio Director of both the Young Actors and Foundation Programs, as well as an in demand staff teacher and audition coach. She loves to mentor students of all ages in the classroom, and on set, and enjoys watching her clients star across feature films, cable, and network television. Known for her experience with curriculum, individualized instruction, and varied teaching strategies, Megan always brings her commitment to meet the specific needs of her actors and help them grow.
As a producer, Megan’s first project, ½ hour comedy “Lick It”, with writer/creator Bert Royal (“Easy A”) sold to a major cable network. She has developed projects and scripts for MTV, Origin Entertainment, Imperative, and has been an ATX Television Festival finalist. She now has several TV projects in development, including an hour family drama and a true crime limited series with EP/Dir Scott Winant, and writing partner, Nikki DeLoach. Megan lives in Burbank with her husband, talent executive, Stuart Ambrose, their daughter, Mackenzie, and their son, Huck.
Stephanie Nash has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and for over 15 years she has been an Associate Professor Adjunct at the Art Center College of Design where she teaches graduate Film Directors (with emphasis on how to get great performances from actors.) She taught Acting & Comedy at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Acting & "Expressive Movement" at USC, On-Camera Commercial classes at many studios in LA, and she works a lot as an audition coach - in addition to continuing to privately coach film directors as well as actors. Stephanie has performed on stage at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway and was in the original Broadway Tour of Barnum. In Los Angeles, Stephanie has had several critically acclaimed leading performances at the Odyssey Theatre – in addition to her solo show, A White Woman on the Red Road (about her vision quest – 4 days with no food or water), which will soon be published in book form and has been optioned for a film. On TV, Steph has a recurring role on the new hit Fresh Off the Boat, and has recently guest-starred on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Castle, and Criminal Minds, with past appearances on: Parenthood, Intelligence, Ghost Whisperer, The Closer, and Weeds (among others.) Stephanie has also starred in dozens of national commercials – and usually has 2-3 running at any given time. Stephanie has a BA from Duke University (in Psychology & Drama) and currently teaches a Body Language class at UCLArts & Healing, and teaches Presentation & Communication Skills for the UCLArts & Healing Social-Emotional Arts (SEA) Certificate Program. Stephanie is also a respected Mindfulness Meditation Coach who recently designed and taught a mindfulness program for a Harvard Medical School brain study, and she also recorded 3 meditation apps for a Carnegie Mellon Mindfulness Stress Reduction Study last fall. (Those apps will be available on iTunes after the study is concluded.) Her non-profit, Mindfulness Arts, is committed to bringing mindfulness into the performing process to help foster more creativity, ease, and efficacy.
Elizabeth Payne has been a working actor and acting teacher for over 20 years. She got her start at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where she served as both an acting company member and faculty member. While in the Bay Area, Elizabeth appeared in numerous productions from the classics to contemporary pieces at theater companies including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage, and the Marin Shakespeare Company. As a teacher, Elizabeth worked at A.C.T., the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the American Musical Theater of San Jose among others. Since moving to L.A. she has worked extensively in film and television as well as being seen and heard in more commercials than she can count. She has had recurring roles on Law & Order: Los Angeles, Ugly Betty and ALIAS as well as numerous guest spots on shows like The Office, Scandal and Murder in the First to name a few. As a scene study teacher, Elizabeth has worked for well-known, character actor, Jeffrey Tambor, at his acting workshop in Santa Monica. She has also been a private audition coach for many years. Elizabeth has a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.
Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Movement Director and Acting Coach, has taught the Alexander Technique for 35 years and is a pioneer in its application to theater and film. His unique approach to movement education and to improving actors' performance through character movement choreography has garnered international recognition. Most recently Jean-Louis coached Matt Bomer in Larry Kramer's "THE NORMAL HEART" for HBO and "THE NICE GUYS", Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in "LOVE AND MERCY" and Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer in "PAWN SACRIFICE." Previously he coached Leonardo DiCaprio for his acclaimed performance in "J. EDGAR" and collaborated with director Ang Lee and screenwriter David Magee in the development of the tiger movement for the Academy Award–winning "LIFE OF PI." Jean-Louis also coached Scott Speedman in the award-winning"BARNEY'S VERSION", "CITIZEN GANGSTER"and the ABC series, "LAST RESORT." Other films for which he has coached performers include "W"with Josh Brolin, "HUMAN NATURE" with Patricia Arquette, "PASSION FISH" with Mary MacDonnell, "THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE" with Hilary Swank, "THE CAT'S MEOW"with Kirsten Dunst, "SEABISCUIT"with Elizabeth Banks and "BEE SEASON" with Juliette Binoche. He also has worked with Sir Ian McKellen, Forest Whitaker, Luke Kirby, Martha Argerich, Herb Alpert, Helena Bonham Carter, Keanu Reeves, Tate Donovan, Julia Sweeney, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Joely Richardson, Sally Kellerman, Courtney Thorne-Smith and JoBeth Williams. In theater, Jean-Louis received a fellowship grant from the Montalvo Arts Center to develop and direct an adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's bestselling novel "THE READER." Most recently, he worked with Larry Moss on "HOLDING THE MAN" for the Australian Theatre Company, Chris Pine in "THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE" at the Mark Taper Forum and with Rita Maffei and Larry Moss in an Italian production of Pamela Gien's "THE SYRINGA TREE"at the Teatro Stabile di Innovazione in Udine and at Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy. For her performance, Maffei won the Gold Medal from the president of the Italian Republic. He also worked with the original production in the Obie award–winning production of Pamela Gien's "THE SYRINGA TREE" directed by Larry Moss at Playhouse 91 in N.Y. In addition, Jean-Louis coached the cast of "THE BACCHAE"at the Getty Villa and the circus artists of Cirque du Soleil's "KA" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He collaborated with director Joanna Settle and Heather Raffo in Raffo's acclaimed play "NINE PARTS OF DESIRE" at the Geffen Playhouse and with Larry Moss on Daisy White's "SUGAR." He also coached actors in Bo Eason's "RUNT OF THE LITTER" at the 37 Arts Theater, N.Y. , as well as actors at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Pasadena Playhouse, and on Broadway. He worked with artists of Cirque du Soleil in "LA NOUVELLE EXPERIENCE" to improve their performance and prevent injury. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Jean-Louis began training as an actor in 1967 with Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio in N.Y. In 1970, he received a full scholarship to the Advanced Training Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he discovered the Alexander Technique. He spent three more years training as an Alexander teacher with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, also in San Francisco. He founded the Alexander program for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, where he taught young musicians and conductors for six years. From 1998 to 2005, he taught at the Verbier Festival and Academy, a music and theater festival in the Swiss Alps. He is currently on the faculty of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Televisionandthe Howard Fine Studio in Hollywood and in Melbourne, Australia.
Emily Rose received her B.A. in Theatrical Arts from Vanguard University and continued her studies at UCLA where she received her MFA in Acting from the School of Theater Film & Television. Rose most recently led five seasons of SyFy’s hit supernatural Stephen King drama series “Haven” playing FBI Agent Audrey Parker. Rose’s other TV series roles include "Graceland”, “E.R.”, “Brothers & Sisters”, “Jericho”, and David Milch’s HBO series “John From Cincinnati”. Additionally she has guest starred in “Private Practice,” “Two and A Half Men,” “Without a Trace” and “Cold Case.” Rose also has a cult following for her role in the popular video game franchise “Uncharted” for which she voices and portrays the game’s heroine, Elena Fisher. While at UCLA, Emily was an active participant in Arts Bridge America, a program that fights to keep arts education in public schools, and also taught at the UCLA summer Youth Performance Conservatory. Theatrical roles include Sylvia in I Gelosi, Dorine in Tartuffe, and Beth in Wounded with the Los Angeles Theater Ensemble. Emily currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, son and miniature schnauzer.
Troy Ruptash has been an actor for over twenty five years and has appeared in dozens of television shows including The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist, Murder in the First, Longmire, Training Day and Justified, to name but a few. Troy had recurring roles on Prison Break and David E Kelley’s Boston Public, played the ‘real’ Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men and played Marc Maron’s brother, Josh on his show for IFC Maron. Troy played David Tannistone on the HBO Series The Young Pope and can be seen in the upcoming Films Dig Two Graves with Ted Levine and Maven Pictures Wildling with Liv Tyler and Bel Powley. Troy has taught Foundations of Script Analysis/Scene Study as well as Advanced Script Analysis/Scene Study at the Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood since 2013. Troy is currently featured on the CNN Special The History Of Comedy.
Elizabeth Sampson is an actor, director and playwright. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at The American Conservatory Theatre, and is also an adjunct Professor of acting at Pepperdine University in addition to her private coaching. While at A.C.T. she was asked to join the prestigious resident acting company where she performed in the west coast premiere of 1918, as well as Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night. Her NYC credits include Bringing’ Home the Girl (Here Space as co-writer and actor) as King of the Moon (Present Company, director). As a Los Angeles based actor she has been seen in Melissa Arctic, That Good Night, As White As O at The Road Theatre Company and in Detachments with the Loretta Theatre Company (Beth Henley and Amy Madigan producers) with Glenn Headley. She is a founding company member of A Noise Within where she did The Way of the World. Other L.A. Theater credits include the Memorandum, The Dearest of Friends, Mr. Happiness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (all with the Ashbury Actor’s Group) and Measure for Measure directed by Tina Packer for the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Elizabeth has also studied and performed at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. Other D.C. credits include, Ten Little Indians, Killing Real Estate Women. Her film and television work includes the film ‘Last Rampage’ (with Heather Graham), ‘Leaving Barstow’, ‘As Easy as Pie’, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Sundance), ‘Disfigured’, ‘Modern Vampires’ (with Rod Steiger). TV includes ‘Aquarius’, ‘Rizzoli and Isles’, ‘Law and Order: Los Angeles’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Private Practice’, ‘Without a Trace’, ‘E.R.’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Strong Medicine’, ‘The Unit’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Pretender’, ‘Medical Mystery Investigation’ and a long recurring on ‘The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire’. She has been performing her short stories in the heralded Spark Off Rose (recorded for radio), Melt In Your Mouth and Tree People (also recorded for radio) spoken word events in Los Angeles for the last 13 years. As a playwright her plays The Petoskey Stones has been performed at The Road Theatre Company and The Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis, MD (chosen for the New Women’s Voices in Theatre Festival Washington DC 2015). Her short play trilogy Irish Coffee was presented in succession at the Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival 2013 with Kathy Baker and Perry King. It Was The Lark 2014 with Michael O’Neill. The Lighthouse in 2015. In 2016 her festival play Hell Is Empty was performed. In 2017 her adaptation of The Petoskey Stones will be filmed in northern Michigan. As a director she has directed Finish and Trim at the Road Theatre, Spring Dance (Pepperdine University), King of the Moon (The Groundlings) and has worked with playwright Craig Wright on several of his plays including Lady, The Unseen, Melissa Arctic. She has also worked with playwrights Lucy Thurber (Bottom of the World) Theresa Rebeck (The Family of Mann) and Kate Robin (ANON, The Thai Girl). Her additional training includes the inaugural class of the The Actor’s Center in NYC with Ron Van Lieu, Joanna Merlin, Bob Krakauer, The Atlantic Theatre Company, Impro Theatre. She trained with the Washington Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, and Stella Mann's School of Dance in London. She is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative and Women in Film.
Alicia Sedwick has taught Acting, Improvisation, Voice and Movement at The Old Globe, and the Art Institute. She was a NYC-based actress for over a decade, from Off-Broadway (Lady Macbeth) to regional theatres including The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre (where she was a company member), and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She has made numerous national commercials and voiceovers, and television credits include Law and Order and LA Dragnet. She won an Indie award in 2014 for her performance in Good People, at the Ensemble Theatre, Santa Barbara. She also produces the nationally syndicated radio show Experience Talks, and co-produces Spark Off Rose, a live monthly storytelling event in Los Angeles. Alicia received her M.F.A. in Acting from The American Conservatory Theatre.
April Shawhan is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television department. She has brought her teaching talents to the Trinity Rep Conservatory, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the New York Playwright’s Horizons. Miss Shawhan has directed and acted in countless plays on Broadway, Off Broadway, and Regional Theaters playing such roles as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Desiree in A Little Night Music. Miss Shawhan is a prominent Los Angeles audition and acting coach.
Scott Alan Smith serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Road Theatre Company and has been the Summer Playwrights Festival Director since it began in 2010. At The Road he has directed Melissa Arctic by Craig Wright (LA Times Critic’s Pick), Sovereign Body (world premiere) , That Good Night (world premiere) and Lady by Craig Wright (4 Ovation nominations and 5 LA Weekly Award nominations with 2 wins) Scott also directed New York Mets (ADA nominated) and So Nice to See You (1 Dramalogue award), and The Petoskey Stones. At Pepperdine he has directed Three Days of Rain, Bus Stop, Proof (with Michael O’Neill), The Roads to Home. Other directing credits include: Bus Stop (at Spokane's Interplayers Theater - People’s Choice Award), Tabak (The Met), Lynette at 3AM, Mr. Happiness, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Elizabeth Sampson’s play Bringin' Home the Girl. He has assistant-directed Mother Courage, Light (Theater@Boston Court ) and True West (Deaf West Theater). Scott is co-author of King of the Moon which ran Off-Off Broadway, in Los Angeles at the Groundlings Theater and HBO Workspace and was made into a film for FOX Searchlab that premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. He directed Ed Harris for the L.A. Philharmonic's 2005 Season Opening Gala at Disney Hall, and Heart...Beat for the Boston Court’s Music at the Court series. As an Associate Artist at the New American Theatre he directed The Adding Machine. As an actor, Scott's L.A. theatre credits include The Dinosaur Within (Theatre@Boston Court - Stage Scene L.A. Award), Apollo (Taper Too), Richard III (with Alfred Molina), King of the Moon, Kindertransport, Detachments, The Memorandum, The Water Engine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Rose Tattoo. Scott has also appeared regionally at the Studio Theater, Scena and the Source Theater, as well as in New York at the Present Company where his two-man show, King of the Moon, ran to sold-out houses. His over 100 appearances in television and film include playing Kate Walsh’s therapist on 'Private Practice' appearing in 21 episodes. Other TV credits include ‘The Fosters’, ‘State of Affairs’ ‘Revenge’ 'Newsroom' (with Jeff Daniels), ‘Rizzoli and Isles’, ‘Murder in the First’, 'Hung', 'CSI: Miami', 'CSI:NY', 'CSI', 'Medium', 'NCIS', 'NCIS:LA', 'Cold Case', 'Without a Trace', 'Next', 'Rules of Engagement', 'Bones', 'Three Rivers', 'True Blood', 'House', 'Chuck', 'The Closer', 'Veronica Mars', 'Big Love', 'Entourage', 'Justice', 'Philly' (recurring), 'NYPD: Blue', 'Boston Legal', 'Six Feet Under', '24', 'JAG', 'Alias', a recurring role as Dr. Jack Gannon on 'The Young and the Restless', and others. Scott's film credits include “ A Matter of Faith”, “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty”, "Stargate", "Mousehunt", "D.C.9/11", "Magnolia", "Déjà Vu", "Bewitched", "The Ring", "X-Files: The Movie", and "Bounce". He is also featured in the documentary, No Net about making intimate theater in Los Angeles. Scott trained at Arena Stage and the Studio Theater before earning his MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, SDC and the Actor's Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, and is also a proud alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab West (Gold Medal Class of '05). He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University.