Peter Kors

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Peter Kors is an actor, director and master teaching artist. He currently serves as Conservatory Director for Pacific Resident Theatre Youth Conservatory, and is on the artist roster of Los Angeles Opera, the Music Center Education Division, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Peter co-founded Dell’Arte International, a school for physical theatre studies in Northern California and teaches mask, movement, and acting workshops in Los Angeles and New York City. Acting credits include, among others, performances at the Mark Taper Forum, “The West Wing,” and “Bram and Alice.”

Yule Caise

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Yule Caise is an award winning Writer, Director and Producer of Film, Television and New Media. He is currently engaged as the writer of a limited series about James Baldwin in Paris for Red Arrow Studios International. Recently he was a Writer-Producer on BET’s “Tales,” a scripted Hip Hop anthology series. Previously, Caise participated in the WGA West TV Writers Access Project, and was the overall winner of the Fox Writers Intensive, earning him a development deal at FX Networks, in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox Television. He is also a Film Independent Fellow, having participated in the FIND Screenwriters Lab with his screenplay Snail Trails.

His prior work and contributions to the NBC hit television show HEROES won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience. Caise also wrote and directed the show’s first live action web series, Heroes: Going Postal. As writer and director, his award-winning short films Shoes and Boys’ Night Out have played festivals worldwide. Other writing credits include Showtime’s Free Of Eden starring Sidney Poitier and the award-winning film Way Past Cool, Executive Produced by Milos Forman and Norman Lear.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Caise graduated from Harvard College and earned his MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television.

Scott Conte

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Scott Conte is the founder and director of The Scott Conte Acting Studio a studio that offers an inspired and artistic approach to acting. Through 25 years of professional acting experience and a distinguished teaching career, Scott has developed a unique way of teaching that helps each student find and cultivate the artist within himself.

Scott’s education and training as an actor aligns with a lineage of teachers and artists who saw acting as a legitimate art form and, as such, demanded a high level of discipline, commitment, and courage. That lineage includes the Group Theatre, America’s “new school” of socially relevant and behaviorally true theater and acting — from Sanford Meisner to William Esper, and from William Esper to Scott. His training has also included other wonderful teachers and directors, such as Maggie Flanagan (a top Meisner teacher in New York City), Marilyn Fox (Artistic Director of Pacific Resident Theatre), Don Gordon (the veteran film actor), Eli Rill (Actor’s Studio lifetime member), Pierre Lefevre (renowned French teacher specializing in maskwork), Leonard Petit (Michael Chekhov master teacher), Loyd Williamson (founder of the Williamson Technique and one of the top teachers of movement for the actor), Harold Scott (acclaimed director and Shakespeare teacher), and Master Yan Yuanhua (advanced Wu Style Tai Chi master). Scott’s unique qualities as an actor and teacher evolved further during his close apprenticeship and teacher training with the late Gar Campbell, founding member of Los Angeles’ legendary Company Theatre, and long-time actor, director and teacher at Pacific Resident Theatre. It was through his work with Campbell that Scott discovered and cultivated his talent as a teacher of students who want to learn authentic, truthful acting.

Scott has an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and has been a long-time member of Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles’ premier theatre company, where he has starred in many plays spanning two decades. His television credits include Seinfeld, Criminal Minds, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue, Monk, Joan of Arcadia, Anytime with Bob Kushell, and a recurring role on The Haunted Hathaways. Film credits include Never Say Macbeth, Swishbucklers, The Court, Chavez Cage of Glory, and the soon-to-be-released, Dead Women Walking. Scott has taught at Rutgers University, Cal State University Northridge, US Performing Arts, Pacific Resident Theatre, and several acting studios in Los Angeles. Scott also taught as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA for 8 years before opening his own studio.
While Scott’s primary focus is teaching, he continues to act professionally, not only for his own artistic expression but also for the opportunities to improve his teaching.

Donna DuBain

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Donna Du Bain has spent most of her life on stage. In San Francisco, she was a lead actress with the prestigious Circus theatrical family that did west coast premiere’s of many successful productions such as Tom Paine and Futz. After over 25 productions on the San Francisco stage, she moved to LA to begin her notorious career as a “serial” improvisational actor. She is a founding member of The Groundlings and then later found her Improv home with The Spolin Players. She has written comedy vignettes for television and was the director of the award winning, original play Loveable Blonde Seeking. While at the prestigious American Film Institute, she was instrumental in implementing The Academy Internship Program, The Independent Filmmaker Program and the Directing Workshop for Women. She has also produced an award winning Independent film, David Lynch presents… I Don’t Know Jack. Her love of the craft of acting and compassionate support of the artists has culminated in being a guest artist for The Virginia Avenue Project which helps “at-risk” children through creative exploring. She says her experience of working under the tutelage of Viola Spolin and the wonderful creative support of the Spolin Players has positively influenced every part of her professional and personal life. She loves Shakespeare, and will recite it at any given moment—don’t get her started.

Ava Himmel

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Ava Himmel has a serious passion for commercials!!! It probably started around the age of 3 when she would force family members to watch her perform shampoo commercials with her juice-boxes. And while her mother didn’t appreciate having to wash cherry juice out of her hair, it was pretty obvious Ava’s course was set. Since then, she has spent over 15 years working in front and behind the camera, learning everything she can about how commercials are made.

Hailing originally from Canada, Ava found success as a classically trained actress – appearing on numerous television shows and independent features. But soon she found her love of comedy and her home in the improv community a stronger pull, becoming a Conservatory Grad at the Second City – Toronto.
It was also around this time that Ava got her first taste of the casting world. Working as a Casting Assistant to many theatrical and commercial Casting Directors, she was able to peek behind the curtain and understand how the casting process truly works, and see what actors booking the jobs were doing differently from everyone else.

Nine years ago she transitioned to directing auditions herself as one of the first female Commercial Session Directors in LA. In that time she has been involved in 10,000+ audition situations and, needless to say, has seen it all!

As an actor Ava has performed in many commercial campaigns including for: AT&T, UPS, McDonalds, KFC, Samsung, etc. She continues to work as a Session Director at nearly every casting studio in town and for most of the Commercial Casting Directors.

Throughout the years, Ava’s passion for commercials has only intensified, as has the passion for helping her fellow actors. She is so excited to pass her knowledge on to the next generation of actors in the hopes they will find a love of commercials too!

Abigail Marks

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ABIGAIL MARKS – is one of the most versatile actors and teachers working in LA today. A jack of all trades, Abigail has been privately coaching actors for over a dozen years, and teaches workshops in everything from Shakespeare and Dialects, to On Camera Acting and Interview Skills. Selected theatre credits include: South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Studio Theatre, LA Theatre Works, A Noise Within, Coeurage Theatre Company, and the Echo. As a member of the prestigious Antaeus Theatre Company (where she is currently appearing as as “Diana” in “Diana of Dobson’s”), her work has been praised by critics and audiences alike, in shows such as, As You Like It, Cloud 9 (Stage Raw nomination for Best Supporting Actress, winner of eight LA Drama Critics Circle Awards), and Top Girls (Ovation Nomination Best Supporting Actress, winner of Backstage and Sage Awards for Best Supporting Actress). Abigail’s film and television credits include Bordertown (Netflix), Glee (FOX), People at a Party (BBC), The Dream (Lulu Wang, Bruce Dern), and commercial campaigns for Barclay’s Bank and “We Card” Anti-Smoking Program (Dir. Tony Scott). Abigail holds an MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and a BA from The George Washington University.

Ellen Schulze

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Ellen Schulze began her theatre training as a mime, but her interest was captured by miniature performers that can speak and move only when she helps them.  These magical performers are puppets.  Since 1986, Schulze has worked exclusively in puppet theatre.  Her experience reflects almost every variety of puppets that can be imagined, including hand puppets, mask and rod puppets, Bunraku, shadow puppets and marionettes.  Her work with the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre of Phoenix included performances in both solo and company puppet shows, as well as conducting workshops in the design, construction, scripting, and performance techniques of puppet theatre.

She has performed at schools, festivals, preschools, and private parties. Schulze studied at University of Nevada/Las Vegas with an emphasis in Special Education, and trained professionally at Chabot University of Mime,Hayward, California.  She studied privately at the Mime and Mask Theater under mime artist Richmond Shepard, and has worked professionally as a mimesince 1978.  She has conducted workshops funded by the Arizona Arts in Education program and for Arizona Commission on the Arts.  She has created and performed puppet shows fororganizations as disparate as the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona and city water departments throughout the state.  Ellen came to California at the special request of Jim Gamble, who was Artistic Director and Founder of The Art of Puppets and Marionettes.  She has been leading classes for the company since 1992.