Our Esteemed AWP Instructors 2015-2016

acting classes atlanta lynn stallings awpLynn Stallings:  Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players – Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant, on set acting coach and experienced talent manager in television and film.  She has performed in over 30 musicals and hundreds of commercials, voice overs, radio dramas, and talk shows. Lynn and her husband Don are published playwrights, writing for Stage and Television.

Lynn began as a professional dancer, studying with Luigi and the Martha Graham Company in New York City.  She also studied with Rowland Dupree in Los Angeles and the Dance Theatre Workshop in Chattanooga.  She was a featured dancer in the Bicentennial Ballet Company and performed in numerous concerts, musicals and revues.  Her theatrical training includes the University Theatre Program, the Academy Theatre, Theatre Atlanta and the Alliance Theatre School.  Lynn has taught at the University of Mississippi, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Alliance Theatre and is the founder and executive director of THE ATLANTA WORKSHOP PLAYERS professional theatre company. She is a published playwright and has written and produced 23 successful, family musicals.   Lynn is an acting coach and master teacher, as well as being a television, theatrical, commercial, and voice over talent.  She has performed in over 100 commercials, television shows, radio dramas and enjoyed the thrill of performing with elephants. She is an experienced Talent Manager and has been instrumental in launching many careers in film, television, and on Broadway.  Lynn is also a casting director and has directed and choreographed television commercials.  

don-and-kellyDon Stallings:  Don has performed to critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the Southeast.  He is a popular commercial talent and has enjoyed guest appearances in television series such as”Zoe Ever After”, “Turn”, “Game of Silence”, “Savannah”, “In The Heat Of The Night”, and “Perfect Strangers”. He was the regular host of a children’s educational game show, entitled “Zoo Q” for public television.  Don performed nationally as a stand up comedian, including performing with Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon.  He has done leading roles in numerous plays and musicals throughout the Southeast.  Don is an experienced stage combat choreographer who received his training with the Society Of American Fight Directors.  He is also a  theatre instructor, producer, director and editor who writes, directs, shoots and edits independent and corporate projects each year.  He is a published playwright and has co-written educational video projects that are distributed in schools throughout the United States.  Don and his wife, Lynn direct The Atlanta Workshop Players Theatre,  Film School and Performing Arts Camp.



Ken Feinberg: For almost ten years, Feinberg has been casting, producing, and training actors in Atlanta. In 2013, he was honored by the Georgia Industry and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry in Georgia. He has directed over 100 films, including the brand new “Santa’s Bootcamp” which won him the Golden Directors award at the Family Film Festival in L.A.  Feinberg is known for memorable characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Enterprises, Charmed, Alias, and the District.


Dacia2-ByAnaOchoaPhoto-PrintDacia James-Lewis: Choreographer/Artist Development
Dacia‘s dance career took off when she hit the Grammy stage with Kanye West in the performance of a lifetime. She began to saturate the dance scene in music award shows and commercials, working with multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists like Usher, Stevie Wonder, Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Ashanti, Jaime Foxx, Cee Lo Green and more.  Dacia made multiple appearances on shows like VH1 Hip Hop Honors, Soul Train Awards, Fashion Rocks, MTV Awards, and Dancing with the Stars. She emerged on the big screen in feature films such as  Footloose,  Dreamgirls,  Stomp the Yard2,  Homecoming,  Diary of a Tired Black Man,  and many episodes of the hit Nickelodeon television show Fresh Beat Band. Dacia was assistant choreographer on American Idol,  X-factor,  BET Honors,  El Networks,  Rossi & Michelle Show, and  Stompin’. She has also inspired the commercial campaign stage with her work on Pantene Pro-V’s Dare to Compare campaign and the 2012 national Weight Watchers Campaign Commercials featuring the Academy Award winning Jennifer Hudson.
From early morning shows like Good Morning America to the Late Show with David Letterman, Dacia’s choreography is captivating this country performance after performance. Her work has also been seen on the CBS Early Show, BET’s 106 & Park, Essence Music Festival, NAACP Image Awards, as well as MTV’s Rob & Big. She continues to make her mark across the globe and is now sharing her expertise with The Atlanta Workshop Players.  Welcome Dacia!


kc-cherieKC Cherie-Girrano: AWP is thrilled to have former Radio City Rockette, and AWP Alumni, KC Cherie to our staff. KC is a “Triple Threat” (dancer/actor/singer)  with a vast and varied career in the entertainment industry on stage and screen.  Credits include television commercials, being a news anchor for CNN/TBS Real News for Kids, Movies: Muppets From Space, Deadly Relations and Ethan’s Tuesday.  Theatre: Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors as well as touring with AWP’s professional company for 7 years.  KC has had extensive training in all areas of dance – from world-renowned instructors such as Melita Brock Warner, Tommy Sutton, Joan Lather, Barry Lather, Patsy Bromley, Pavel Rotaru, and Gary Harrison. KC has over 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages and all levels of dance and will be choreographing during AWP’s camps and for the Company.



MariaMaria McDaniel Willathgamuwa: Maria has performed in leading, supporting, and chorus roles in over 40 operas in seven languages ranging from Mozart to Verdi to contemporary Chinese composers.  In addition to singing opera, she has performed as Alto Soloist in concerts of major oratorio works with local symphony orchestras and churches throughout the Southeast; including the Atlanta Symphony. Maria specializes in developing voices with a strong, healthy classical technique that will allow each students’ natural instrument, musicianship, confidence and enjoyment increase to their highest potential. She trains students in audition preparation and stage presence, as well as musical proficiency through music theory, sight-singing and ear training.  We are so excited to have Maria as a part of the AWP family!                          

For private instructions, contact her at mcdaniel.mezzo@gmail.com. 



CarrieAnneCarrie Anne Hunt: Originally from Columbia, SC, Carrie Anne started her career on stage. Her classical training has built a strong foundation for her current work in film and television. Carrie Anne is a proud member of both the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Actor’s Equity Association. Most recently, she was seen in Magic Mike XXL, Otherworld, Mistreated and as the witch, Jer, on FOX’s hit series SLEEPY HOLLOW. Previous to that, Carrie Anne can be seen on Season 3 of Lifetime’s DROP DEAD DIVA as Summer. Favorite stage roles include: Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT, Miranda in THE TEMPEST, and Beth in Sam Shepard’s A LIE OF THE MIND. She is also an active film producer. Carrie Anne is thrilled to be part of the amazing and talented AWP family and is ready to help everyone around her SHINE!




Ashlyn Stallings: has been performing the majority of her life, a shy young thing, she used to only perform if nobody was looking.Ashlyn-5  Her first live cabaret at age 5 she made the entire audience close their eyes during her performance! She is the graduate of a New York basedFilm Acting Conservatory and is an actor and dancer. Ashlyn is the proud daughter of two of the most creative, kind and talented human beings. Ashlyn believes she can do magic and is still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts. She is a lover of the arts, animals and fruit tarts.