JASON WEISS

      Executive Director

      Jason Weiss is a highly regarded actor, director and educator with over 20 years of professional experience. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performance from the University of Miami. He came to Theatre of Arts in November of 2011 as a faculty member, and between then and September 2015, taught Acting, Theatre History, Industry Preparation, and directed the Summer Film Intensive. He was appointed Executive Director of Theatre of Arts in October of 2015.
      Mr. Weiss was born in Princeton, NJ and grew up in East Greenwich, RI where he attended The Moses Brown School. The majority of his professional career was spent in New York City as an actor and director, where his work was seen on some of the city’s most respected and influential stages, including: THE FORD CENTER, THE CORT THEATRE, 2ND STAGE, THE GREENWICH STREET PLAYHOUSE, THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE, THE MINETTA LANE THEATRE, LA MAMA ETC., THE ABINGDON THEATRE, 29TH STREET REP., and THE LOOKING GLASS THEATRE. He has worked regionally at the HIPPODROME, THE VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE, and PRINCETON REP. Film and television work includes work on ABC, NBC, DISCOVERY, OXYGEN, MTV, MULTIPLE FILM FESTIVALS and over a DOZEN COMMERCIALS.
      Mr. Weiss co-wrote (with TOA alumnus Siegfried Tieber) and directed the original play Magiko, which made its world premier at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play received rave reviews, played to sold out audiences and won the coveted SICKEST OF THE FRINGE award.
      Throughout his theatrical career, Mr. Weiss has had the privilege to work with such theatrical luminaries as HAROLD PINTER, JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, FRANK GALATI, AUGUSTO BOAL, JERRY HERMAN, CHARLES STROUSE, TERRY SCHREIBER, WILLIAM ESPER, and MICHAEL HOWARD to name but a few. These writers, directors, and teachers, along with the thousands of others with whom Mr. Weiss has had the pleasure to work over the years, have helped him forge a unique and trail blazing view on actor training. This vision for the future of acting lays the foundation for the Theatre of Arts program and is the driving force that makes it the most progressive and forward thinking acting school in Los Angels.
      Mr. Weiss continues to be one of the most in-demand acting teachers and coaches in Los Angeles. His clients and students can regularly be seen on all major television networks, the big screen, and on stages around the world. He is the Founder and CEO of THE JASON WEISS STUDIO, and the Top Dog at DOG HOUSE FILMS, LLC., a thriving independent Film, Television and Theatrical production company. He is a member of two of the most highly acclaimed and successful theatre companies in Hollywood, THE BLANK THEATRE COMPANY and the CELEBRATION THEATRE COMPANY, and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA & AEA.

       

          Michael Jury

          Manager of Enrollment Services

          Michael Jury studied Communications with an emphasis on Film at San Diego State University. A highlight of his educational career at SDSU occurred when he shot and produced a documentary about oversees migrant workers in the Philippines. After returning to Los Angeles in 2008 he began working at The Art Institute of Los Angeles where he began his Admissions experience meeting potential candidates for the school and preparing them for their education to assist them in creative career fields. In 2012 he moved to Charter College where his skills as an Admissions Representative were greatly needed. Michael then made the transition to Theater of Arts in 2015 and accepted the role of Manager of Enrollment Services. Michael understands the difficulties of choosing the right college and is very involved with making sure each candidate is prepared to be as successful as they can while going through the admissions process. Michael often relays personal stories about his own college experience when speaking to students, “ I lived in Los Angeles, a town that makes movies, I moved to a town that did not make movies, and learned from people who did not make movies. When I see a potential student trying to find the best place for themselves, I know what that was like and I want to be that person to help find the best place for them and their career goals.”

              CHAD BORDEN

              Movement

              Chad Borden is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech & Theatre, and was an inaugural member of NU’s Musical Theatre Certificate Program. Some of Chad’s L.A. theatre credits include Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman – The Musical (Ovation and LADCC Award nominations for Lead Actor) and Alvin in The Story of My Life (Ovation nomination for Lead Actor), both for Havok Theatre Company. Chad has performed at South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre, La Mirada Theatre, South Bay CLO, Reprise!, Hollywood Bowl, Sacramento Music Circus, Musical Theatre West, Cabrillo Music Theatre, San Diego Music Theatre, Santa Barbara CLO, AMT of San Jose, and Elephant Theatre — where his favorite roles include Bobby in A Chorus Line, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and Larry in Burn This.

               

                  Christian Meoli

                  Theatre Manager

                  Christian Meoli is a Los Angeles based actor, writer, producer, director, and promoter and is honored to be associated with the prestigious Theatre of Arts school. His play, Octomom The Musical, ran for 10 sold-out weeks at The Fake Gallery. Mr. Meoli has had major roles in the films LOOKING FOR JIMMY directed by Julie Delpy, PERSONS UNKNOWN with Naomi Watts, THE LOW LIFE opposite Rory Cochrane and Ron Livingston and made his screen debut in ALIVE directed by Frank Marshall. Since then, Mr. Meoli has guest starred on over fifty episodic television shows including: DOLLHOUSE, ELI STONE, LIFE, COLD CASE, WITHOUT A TRACE, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS and for four seasons played the role of Boz Bishop opposite Cheech Marin and Don Johnson on NASH BRIDGES. Mr. Meoli began the production company Cabaret Voltaire, which held residence at The Steve Allen Theater for three years and has continued to produce over 100 live events, featuring the best of LA’s performers over the past six years.

                   

                      ALEX FELDMAN

                      On-Camera Acting, Industry Preparation, Script Analysis

                      Alex Feldman was born in Kiev, Ukraine and grew up in New York. He is a graduate of The New York Conservatory For The Dramatic Arts. Alex also studied with the great Anthony Abeson in NY for several years before moving to Los Angeles. As an actor, Feldman has been a presence in Film, Theater and Television for over a decade. He has made Guest-Star appearances on such hit shows as LAW & ORDER, COLD CASE, WITHOUT A TRACE, LAW & ORDER: SVU, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, CSI: MIAMI, and IN PLAIN SIGHT. Film credits include CHERNOBYL DIARIES (prod. Oren Peli), REPO CHICK (Dir. Alex Cox), and THE BLING RING (Dir. Michael Lebmeck). In 2006 Feldman began his writing/directing career with SENT a film based on the music of Tom Waits. Since then he has directed numerous short films as well as the hit web-series Floored And Lifted. Feldman is currently writing and directing a new Science Fiction series ETERNITY HILL in which he also stars. Alex Feldman is the CEO and founder of For Actors By Actors, a successful acting network based in Los Angeles, CA.

                       

                          Dan Diaz

                          International Student Affairs

                          Dan Diaz graduated from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA with degrees in International Studies and Music. Before joining Campus Hollywood, Mr. Diaz worked as a paralegal for various law offices specializing in Immigration, Civil Law, Worker’s Compensation, and Real Estate. He is also a graduate of The Musicians Institute and has been a professional touring musician, playing with Grammy Award Winning artists Bobby McFarin, The Emotions, Deniece Williams, and others.

                           

                              Daren Bevill

                              Influential Cinema

                              Bio and Photo Coming Soon

                                  David Connolly

                                  Improvisation, Stand Up Comedy

                                  David trained as an actor at Mountview Theatre School in London after graduating in performing arts at De Montfort University, Leicester and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. As an actor David appeared on London’s West End in A Passionate Woman and Under the Doctor. In the UK David co-starred in the TV show MENACE alongside Steven Moyer (TRUE BLOOD) and starred in the feature film, MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS which he also produced, co-wrote and co-directed with his wife, Hannah Davis. As a partnership they were nominated for The Golden Hitchcock Award for Direction, and have received a Silver Lei for Excellence in Film Making from The Honolulu International Film Festival and a Cinemonde Award from New York for Excellence in Direction. Their feature films have opened at the Cannes Film Festival before playing at film festivals worldwide. Their movie, THE UNDERSTUDY, which won numerous awards appeared at festivals around the world before being released theatrically, then playing on Showtime and Starz. It is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and DVD. David is a member of BAFTA (British Film and Television Academy) and is attached to direct the feature film LEMMINGS. in 2016. David has also written narration for numerous concerts with actors and orchestras which have played The Royal Albert Hall- London, Carnegie Hall – New York and Sydney Opera House. As a writer, David writes for film and television and has re-written screenplays for studios.
                                  As a comedian, David has performed over much of the U.S.including Stand Up NY in New York City, Zanies in Chicago, The Joke Joint in Minneapolis, The Comedy Spot in Scottsdale, the Las Vegas comedy club in Las Vegas, and The Comedy Underground in Seattle. In Los Angeles he can often be seen at The Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, Flappers, and the Ice House in Pasadena. David was selected as one of the top ten headline comedians in L.A and has performed in Rant LA’s record streaming of stand up. For five years running, David has been selected in the top 100 comics of North America in the World Series of Comedy and was also selected to compete in the 34th Seattle International Comedy Competition. He recorded Stand Up & Deliver for Nuvo TV in Cabo St Lucia and was the MC at the World Marbles Competition. David was host of the spoof news show Hindsight News, which can still be found on YouTube and is currently the co-host of the weekly podcast Narcissistic News. Kaiser Permanente members may recognize David as the FLU EXPERT.
                                  Websites: www.mansionpicturesny.com & www.davidconollystandup.com

                                      Matthew Gudernatch

                                      On-Camera Acting

                                      Matthew Gudernatch graduated with a degree in English and Journalism from Stonehill College in 2007. After escaping the corporate trappings of his American Eagle summer job, Matt started a freelance writing career, writing and producing everything from commercials to short films to music videos. In 2010, a short film he wrote, BLOODSUCKERS, won best comedy at a New York short film festival, and he was voted Best Actor. Matt moved out to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, appearing in multiple national commercials and writing for 20th Century Fox. He launched his own boutique production company in 2012.

                                          Jim Irvine

                                          Acting

                                          Jamie has worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand and Los Angeles as an Actor, Acting coach, Director and Voice Artist. On screen, Jamie is best known as narrator Ben Charlton in UNDERBELLY NZ: LAND OF THE LONG GREEN CLOUD. He has appeared in TV shows WESTSIDE, ANZAC GIRLS, OUT OF THE BLUE, HOME AND AWAY, and SHORTLAND ST. as well as short film’s BLUE BIRD, THE SHED, NIGHTSTORM, ALL BLACKS DON’T CRY, VINYL, WINNERS AND LOSERS, and Feature film CRUSHED which will premiere in 2015. Jamie’s theatre credits include Dog’s Barking (Sydney Fringe, 2012), Sydney Ghost Stories (Old Fitzroy, 2009), Colder (Griffin, 2008), Soldier and the Thief.(Old Fitzroy,2008), Class Enemy (NIDA, 2007), Kikia the Poa (Producer,Actor, Old Fitzroy, 2006), 7 Blowjobs (Belvoir, 2006) and various NIDA productions, and toured New Zealand as part of the cast of Blood Brothers in 2001. He has voiced hundreds of TV and radio commercials for New Zealand and Australia. Jamie co-founded the Really Really Serious Theatre Company and in 2009, and Picture This Productions, a collaboration of five local artists responsible for Sydney Ghost Stories. In 2009 he was awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship to train in New York with Susan Batson and at the Stella Adler Studio. Jamie has a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting) from NIDA and a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Film) from Victoria University of Wellington.

                                              Claire Jacobs

                                              Acting, Directing

                                              Over the past 25 years Claire Jacobs has taught, directed, and choreographed at various educational institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including the Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire (University of Surrey), The Academy (London), Drama UK, British American Studio of Performing Arts (BASPA), and currently as an acting instructor for Theatre of Arts. Claire is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and teaches privately, coaching many students who have gone on to become international stars in both television and film. After a break to raise her young family, Claire recently returned to television, guest starring in FLASHFORWARD & FORGOTTEN, and in recurring roles in OUTSOURCED, MAD MEN, EAGLEHEART and RAISING HOPE. Other TV credits include, ER, HOUSE OF ELLIOTT, GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART, MURDER ONE, and NATURAL LIES. Theatre credits included leading roles in I’m Not Rappaport with the late Paul Scofield and Howard Rollins, Cider With Rosie and Coming Apart. Other theatre credits include Snake In The Grass, Sunset Song, Boeing Boeing, Murder For The Asking, Jesus Christ Superstar, Caberet, and the Wizard Of Oz.

                                                  Henry Layton

                                                  Combat, Movement

                                                  Henry began his stunt career almost 20 years ago when he attended the International Stunt School with the United Stuntman’s Association. While training there, he learned how to become a utility stuntman and mastered the art of high falls, body burns (set on fire over 350 times), precision driving, wire work, stair falls, bar room brawls, and repelling. As a weapons specialist, he fights everyday in the art of broadsword, kitana, kali double sticks, rapier & dagger, sword & shield, staff, bull whip, knife, black powder weapons, tomahawk & knife, etc.  He has spread this knowledge while working/fighting with such actors as Orlando Bloom, Andy Samberg, Vin Diesel and Hulk Hogan to name a few.
                                                  As one of the foremost performers in the motion capture industry, Henry works as the stunt coordinator and lead “mo-cap” stunt performer for Sony Motion Picture Film Studios, Walt Disney Studios (Jungle Book), and Universal Studios (Chronicles of Riddick). He is also the Producing Director for Motion Capture Performance at Motion Analysis Studios in Hollywood, CA. Some of his work can be seen in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed television series FALLING SKIES on TNT, and Golden Globe winning TV show BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. Mr. Layton works in the United States and Europe making video games, you can enjoy his performances in such video games as: THE ORDER: 1886, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, SAINTS ROW, SAINTS ROW 2, SAINTS ROW THE THIRD, SAINTS ROW 4, THE PUNISHER, ENCLAVE, and KNIGHTS OF THE TEMPLE.
                                                  In his free time, he works in the Digital Media Division for the National Football League, watching football games and serving as commissioner for NFL Fantasy Football.

                                                      Leslie Miller

                                                      Acting, On-Camera Acting

                                                      Bio and Photo Coming Soon

                                                          Nicolette Chaffey-Murray

                                                          Voice

                                                          Prior to training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Nicolette Chaffey studied Speech and Voice at the Guild Hall of Speech and Drama. She has worked in film, theatre and television across England, starring in HICKORY HOUSE, a long-running children’s television series, the National Theatre’s As You Like It tour of North America, and the Australian soap CERTAIN WOMEN. She and her partner Jeff Murray created THEATER/THEATRE in Los Angeles, which continues to present award winning plays throughout the year. As a vocal coach, Nicolette teaches privately and has worked on such films as Disney’s THE PARENT TRAP.

                                                              Rob Nagle

                                                              Acting, Directing

                                                              Rob Nagle studied theatre and philosophy at Northwestern University, graduating in 1992. Though he spent time in Chicago and New York, he has made Los Angeles his home since 1997. Rob is a proud member of the Antaeus Company, as well as Pacific Stages. His regional theatre credits include productions at Denver Center Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Old Globe, Goodman Theatre, Center Stage, San Jose Repertory, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. In Los Angeles, he has worked with the Troubadour Theater Company, Green Beetle Productions, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Road Theatre Company, Open Fist Theatre Company, Black Dahlia Theatre, Lost Angels Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works, Circle X Theatre Company, Falcon Theatre, Theatre East, and Shakespeare Festival/LA. Rob’s film credits include NEW YEAR’S EVE, FISHING NAKED, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, THE SOLOIST, FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, CELLULAR, and AMERICAN WEDDING. His television credits include recurring roles on LINCOLN HEIGHTS, ELI STONE, and DAWSON’S CREEK, as well as appearances on MAD MEN, THE MIDDLEMAN, COLD CASE, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, WITHOUT A TRACE, EVERWOOD, THE GUARDIAN, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

                                                                  Annette Romano

                                                                  Acting, Script Analysis, Theatre History

                                                                  Annette hails from Seattle, Washington, a town famous for quality theatre, where she grew up listening to and singing along with her dad’s collection of soundtracks from musicals and eventually performing in a few herself. Educated at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Washington, Annette performed a wide variety of roles including 40+ theatrical productions, largely in Seattle. She’s currently an audiobook narrator, and has been a featured actor and spokesperson in over 100 local, regional, national, and international commercials in the form of TV, radio, print, and industrials. She taught on-camera acting for 7 years in Seattle and LA, before she discovered her true passion in directing. As a director and teacher, she’s worked with middle school, high school, and college performers, including creation of the Juvenile Voices Theatre Project at King County Juvenile Detention in Seattle, WA. Favorite directing experiences include This is Our Youth, Into the Woods, Animal Farm (the musical!), In the Blood, The Talking Dog, Bitter Sauce, Magic Time, and Cut.

                                                                      Dan Shaner

                                                                      Industry Preparation

                                                                      Dan Shaner has been a Casting Director for over 25 years in film, television and new media.Film. His credits include LATTER DAYS starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jacqueline Bisset, which won several awards including the Outfest Audience Award, BUDDY BOY, starring Aidan Gillen, directed by Roman Polanski protégée Mark Hanlon, LOVE AND SEX starring Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau and EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER starring Radha Mitchell and Megan Mullally, directed by Marc Forster which were both in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in the same year. Additional films have featured Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams, Academy Award Nominee Julie Delpy, TWILIGHT star Peter Facinelli, Justin Theroux, Amanda Peet and Jane Lynch. Television credits include pilots starring Rob Lowe, Amy Adams, Minnie Driver, Michael Chiklis, Maggie Q and Austin Butler, among others. Series television credits include, COLD CASE, (including future Academy Award winning guest stars Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa Leo, as well as up- and- coming stars Darren Criss, Shalene Woodley, Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Tyler Blackburn and Cassidy Freeman). ROSWELL, MOONLIGHT, CHASE, RINGER, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, and Hollywood Heights on Nick At Night. Mr. Shaner has also cast over 75 movies for television, garnering an Artios Award nomination and a Cable Ace Award nomination, and featuring such stars as William H. Macy, Marg Helgenberger, Brittany Murphy, Cicely Tyson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Virginia Madsen, among many others.
                                                                      Mr. Shaner has been teaching Audition technique and The Business of Acting for years, most recently at USC, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), Theatre of Arts (TOA), and The Art of Acting Studio (AOA). He grew up in Los Angeles in a show business family.

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                          Sarah Spilane

                                                                          Directing, Film Studies, Writing

                                                                          Sarah Spillane is a multi-award winning writer and director. Sarah grew up in Sydney, Australia and relocated to Los Angeles in 2009. In 2007 Sarah won the Fortissimo Films Award for Emerging Talent and in 2013 her debut feature film AROUND THE BLOCK (starring Christina Ricci, Ruby Rose, Jack Thompson) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sarah won several awards for AROUND THE BLOCK including an Australian Director’s Guild Award, and the Outstanding Achievement in Direction Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2014. Sarah’s films have screened at International Festivals including Berlin, New York, Clermont, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne. THIS LIFE, starring Danny Glover, won Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Women’s Film Festival in 2009. In 2008, Sarah wrote and directed the documentary THE APOLOGY, which screened at the United Nations in 2009 and premiered on ABC television the same year. Sarah has directed hours of television for Australia’s National Indigenous Television Network and multiple television commercials in Australia and the USA. Sarah currently has three feature films in development; TRUE SPIRIT for Paramount Pictures AU and Sunstar Entertainment, ABE starring Finn Wittrock with producers Alan Glazer and Deborah Del Prete, and THE WHIP based on the multi-award winning best-selling novel by Karen Kondazian. Sarah has also written and created the one-hour television drama series REBEL, produced by Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures, and will direct the pilot for the series in 2016. REBEL has been adapted into a graphic novel to be released at the 2016 Comic Con

                                                                              Leif Steinert

                                                                              Acting

                                                                              Bio and Photo Coming Soon

                                                                                  Kevin Stidham

                                                                                  Acting, Directing

                                                                                  Kevin Stidham hails from Bolton, England and has been acting and teaching professionally in the United States for over 10 years. He has appeared in many award-winning stage and screen productions across the country, from NYC to Los Angeles. Theatre credits include productions with Fringe NYC, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival, A Noise Within, The Blank Theatre, The Porters of Hellsgate and Theatre Banshee (Company Member). TV and Film credits include BONES, ONE TREE HILL, SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE and THE BINDING.
                                                                                  As a private acting coach and teacher, many of his students have found success in film and television (Disney/ABC/NBC) and on stage (Broadway/Regional). He received his MFA in Acting from Regent University, and his BS Ed. in Theatre and Speech from Southwest Baptist University. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.

                                                                                    Richard Tatum

                                                                                    Acting, Voice Over

                                                                                    Richard Tatum began directing while at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center. Once in Los Angeles, he found his way to venerable Theatre West, where he directed experimental projects such as Rock Song and The Unusual Prospects. He was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the Ark Theatre Company, where he directed critically acclaimed productions of The Country Wife, The London Cuckolds, On the Verge, Good, Hazard County, and world premieres of The Big Ever After, Sounds of Silence, Gaining Ground and the one-act Barrage. Also around Los Angeles he’s directed May 39th, The Insidious Impact of Anton, and The Girl Who Would Be King with the multiple-award nominated Absolute Theatre, where he is the Artistic Director, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Lyric Theater, Group: A Musical with the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, and staged readings at the prestigious Slamdance on Stage and Blank Theatre Company, where he is also a frequent director for the Young Playwrights Festival. In other media, he directed the shorts SOCK PUPPET, HEALTH & DISORDER (Official Selection, Los Angeles Cinema of Hollywood Film Festival and Shorties Festival), RENT CONTROL, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DESK (Official Selection, Trinity International Film Festival and Village of Brewster International Film Festival), episodes of the web series BECKY & KATE: WORKS IN PROGRESS, SUPPORT GROUP, THE N.U.T. SYSTEM, THE STALKER CHRONICLES, plus the comedy CD BUSHWA!, as well as several radio commercials and plays for radio. Richard is also a multi-award nominated actor, whose 30-year career spans stage, film, TV, and commercials. As a voiceover artist he’s been heard on a wide variety of projects, from the cartoons GRUNGY MCGEE (Disney), STATIC SHOCK (Warners), and AS TOLD BY GINGER (Nick) to a galaxy of interactive games including DISNEY INFINITY 3.0, CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS, GRAND THEFT AUTO V, OCEAN STAR V, SAINTS ROW 2, DESTROY ALL HUMANS 2, SPYRO: YEAR OF THE DRAGON, and is the Skylander named Countdown. He is a frequent guest instructor at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University and the vocal coach for the Shoutcasting team at Riot Games. He is a proud graduate of Oberlin College, Directors Lab West ’11, The Second City’s directing program, and is a member of the SDC, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors Equity.

                                                                                      Mario Vernazza

                                                                                      Movement

                                                                                      Bio and Photo Coming Soon

                                                                                          PAUL WAGAR

                                                                                          Acting, Voice

                                                                                          Paul Wagar has leant his talents as a voice coach, speech instructor, and dialect coach to such institutions as UCLA, British American Drama Academy, Incubator Television, Legendary Pictures, Warner Speciality Productions, and NBC Television. He has taught acting and directed productions for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre, the University of Pennsylvania, Delaware Technical College, and Walnut Street Theatre, as well as counseling underprivileged inner-city youth. Paul has worked closely with Cicely Berry and Joe Olivieri, and has written several adaptations of works by Shakespeare and Henrik Ibsen. He has also acted in film and on stage ensembles with Justin Ritter, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Maggie Smith, and Jeremy Irons. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and Vivian Matalon in London.

                                                                                              James Warwick

                                                                                              Professor Emeritus, Acting, Directing

                                                                                              James Warwick trained at London University/Central School of Speech and Drama and spent much of his early career in English regional theatre learning his craft. Subsequently, he played many leading roles in London’s West End theatre. Mr. Warwick starred in many filmed series for BBC Television and PBS Masterpiece Theatre including PARTNERS IN CRIME, LILLIE, EDWARD VII, THE BELL, ROCK FOLLIES, DR. WHO, and THE NIGHTMARE MAN. In 1995, Mr. Warwick toured America as Arthur in Camelot, followed by Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband on Broadway. James’ American TV credits include, ALIAS, MURDER SHE WROTE, BABYLON 5, HART TO HART, CIVIL WARS, in addition to many character commercials and radio plays. He then started directing on a freelance basis; now over 30 productions in US regional theatres. He was associate artistic director at both the Chester Theatre Company and the Berkshire Theatre Festival in MA, and artistic director of the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. In 2003, Mr. Warwick began his association with The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, directing dozens of productions for the Academy Company, and between 2007/2008 served as Interim President of the Los Angeles Campus. In October 2009, Mr. Warwick was appointed President of Theatre of Arts, College for the Contemporary Actor. In October 2013, James retired from academia and returned to his freelance work. His recent assignments have been to redirect the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker for their US tour and to present the Animal Planet’s Christmas special for Cable TV. In 2014, he directed Madagascar for the Chester Theatre Company, which was awarded one of the top ten productions in New England. In 2014 James was named one of the top four directors in the region. He is delighted to return to TOA to direct these young actors at the start of their promising careers.