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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.