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.”

 

Yiouli Archontaki

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Yiouli Archontaki is a physical theatre performer, dancer, choreographer, musician and architect. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble – Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, a B.A. Hons and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, an IDB1 Flamenco & Spanish Dance teaching degree and years of experience on stage. Yiouli is an associate member of the Actors’ Gang and has studied Clown with Ronlin Foreman, Jeff Raz, Paola Coletto and Stefan Haves.

Yiouli has collaborated and performed as a dancer/choreographer, actor, clown, puppeteer and commedia performer with companies such as the Dell’Arte Company, San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Rogue Ensemble, Unbound Productions, Fiasco! Physical Theatre, Intrepid Dance Company and Danza Flamenca Grupo.

Yiouli is the founder and artistic director of St Sophia Foundation’s Theatre Class which is designed to provide the tools necessary for second and third generation Greek American students to learn the Greek language through theatre. As a teaching artist, Yiouli has collaborated with Theatre of Hearts-Youth First (Artist-In-Residence), Mayfield Senior School Conservatory for the Arts and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

 

Bryan Chesters

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(SAG-AFTRA-AEA-AGVA) –  grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.  He has performed on stage and screen in Chicago, NYC and Los Angeles. He received both his BA (Music) and MFA (Theater) from UCLA (Magna cum laude).   He has taught acting at UCLA, YPS Studio, LA School of the Arts, Arts Camp & LAUSD.  Some of his private coaching’s include Nathan Kress ( iCarly), Chad Broskey; Skye Townsend (Lucifer); Laura Long (TURN); and Lexi Ainsworth(Congract role & Emmy Winner on General Hospital).

He interned at UDK Casting for two years and served as both an audition reader as well as running camera for auditions.  He has studied with some of the best acting teachers in the country including:  Bobby Lewis (Founder of the Actor’s Studio & original member of the Group Theatre), Mel Shapiro, Salome Jens, Ellen Geer, Gil Cates, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Larry Moss,Terry Schreiber, Ken Lerner, Tom Irwin, Jeff Perry, Shannon Cochran, Gar Campbell, Marilyn Fox.  He is the recipient of several acting awards including scholarships from Carol Burnett, George Burns and Laura Pels; LA MOVIE Awards Best Actor for his performance in FORERUNNER.

Recent TV/Film acting credits include:  LESS THAN ZERO (Pilot); WAR DOGS; MAD MEN (Dir. Jon Hamm), MODERN FAMILY, ANGER MANAGEMENT, Grey’s Anatomy (Dir. Jeannot Szwarc), A Lesson in Love (Starring Kristy Swanson) & Jet Set (Starring Eric Roberts).

He currently resides in LA where he’s a company member of Pacific Resident Theater in Venice, CA; Theater includes plays by Shakespeare (Hamlet), Williams (The Glass Menagerie) and Chekov (The Cherry Orchard) to name but a few.  Some of his favorite roles include:  Eddie (Hurly Burly), Charles (The Clean House), Oed (Big Love) and Millet/Binky (Fuddy Meers).  A true triple threat he has played the Gene Kelly role in Singin’ in the Rain at two different regional theaters. (Art Park-NY, Glendale Theater, CA).  Broadway Tours include: 1st National Sunset Boulevard (Dir. Trevor Nunn)  and 42nd Street-European (Dir. Jon Engstrom).  As a director he worked alongside Mel Shapiro and assisted him on ANGELS IN AMERICA: Parts One and Two. He also adapted, produced and directed the 25th Anniversary Production of ST. ELMO’S FIRE  at the Flight Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

 

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.

 

Suzanne Hunt

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Suzanne Hunt grew up in Los Angeles and since her teens, she has worked professionally in theatre, film and television both here and in New York. Suzanne has served as an Artistic Coordinator of the Classical Theatre Lab, a resident theatre company in West Hollywood since 2011. At CTL Suzanne produces and co-produces all lab presentations, directs staged readings and productions and coordinates the Tuesday night lab workshop with directors including Rob Nagle, Michael Arabian, Elizabeth Swain, Louis Fantasia, Peter Kors, Michael Murray, Nike Doukas, Rod Menzies to name just a few. Suzanne also serves as a liaison to the City of West Hollywood.
Suzanne is also a company member of the Road Theatre in North Hollywood where she has directed and produced several award-winning shows. Her direction of the new play Finding Fossils by Ty DeMartino earned Scenie Awards for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production and Best Performance by a Featured Actor.

As an actor, Suzanne has appeared in recurring roles on several network television shows and soap operas. Theatre credits include lead roles in many award-winning productions including the long- running comedy, “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will” by Del Shores.
Suzanne is a graduate of UCLA’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, and holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from California State University Long Beach, and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies from California State University Northridge. Suzanne is on the theatre faculty at CSUN, Pasadena City College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, teaching a variety of acting and theatre classes and directing student productions.

 

Mark Royston

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Mark Royston is an actor, puppeteer, and designer. Mark is currently an Ensemble member of Rogue Artists Ensemble and a board member of the LA Guild of Puppetry. Mark is an alumni of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he premiered his first full-length puppetry show, “Devised Puppetry Project”, with a subsequent run at Pacific Resident Theater. Mark has performed his original puppetry pieces at puppet slams and other LA Guild of Puppetry events, he has also performed his work at the Skirball Puppet Festival. With Rogue Artists Ensemble, Mark has puppeteered at the Pasadena Playhouse, Garry Marshall Theater, and the Puppeteers of America National Festival.

 

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.

 

Carolee Shoemaker

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Carolee has worked as a stage director and teacher for over three decades. She has a love for classical theater as well as for introducing classical theater to students. She was a long-time member of the National American Shakespeare Company at the Knightsbridge Theater in Los Angeles where she directed many shows including The Misanthrope, Hamlet, Medea, and The Tempest for which she received a Roman Award for directing. She directed The School for Scandal which was presented at the Jane Austen Society’s National Convention in Los Angeles. She worked at Culver City Theatre-in-the-Park where she directed The Birds by Aristophanes, King Stag, and Le Cid.

She was on the Board of Directors at the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica where she directed many shows including the award-winning Cyrano deBergerac and Much Ado About Nothing. She has taught in the Saugus Union School District for over thirty years.

She was the founding director of West Creek Players in Valencia at her current home, West Creek Academy. Here she adapted classical plays for production by students. Some of the student productions were Twelfth Night, King Arthur, and A Christmas Carol. As part of the school’s arts integration program, she currently teaches Performing Poetry where students interpret poems through movement and perform a showcase before an audience. As a classroom teacher she has mounted productions that were designed, run and performed by students. Some of these productions were adaptations of Plautus’s Pot of Gold, The Ramayana, and The Dragon King. Carolee has received the Teacher of the Year award, and was nominated for the Bravo Award in Arts Education by the Los Angeles Music Center.