Our Esteemed AWP Instructors 2013-2014
Lynn Stallings: Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players - Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant 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.
Don 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 starring in television series such as “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.
Dacia James: 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 Cherie: AWP is thrilled to welcome 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 AWP’s day camps, AWPlayers’ Company pieces for the musical review, and teaching Musical Theatre Dance Technique for the 2014-2015 session. Welcome back KC!!!
Maria McDaniel: 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!
Meet Our 2014 Camp Instructors:
Jerry Bowman: Jerry is a mesmerizing improv artist, mime, and filmmaker. He is a master teacher who has performed in commercials, television, and film
KC Cherie: KC is a “Triple Threat” (dancer/actor/singer) with a vast and varied career in the entertainment industry on stage and screen. KC has 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.
Ryan Darst: Ryan is a filmmaker with over 10 years experience directing narrative, commercials, music videos and new media. Graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television with a concentration in Screenwriting.
Susie Duff: Susie has appeared on Broadway, TV/Film and is the commercial Queen of LA. She is the creator of a powerful program titled “Locked Up In Malibu,” making an impact through Improv in California’s kid prisons
Alexander Gillies: Alexander is skilled in numerous areas of film. He has worked on projects in areas such as narrative cinematography, editing and videography, screenwriting, and has a great deal of teaching experience!
Dacia James: Dacia hit the Grammy stage with Kanye West, then saturated 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.
Rex Knowles: Rex is an actor, writer, producer, teacher, improv junkie – has done about everything that needs to be done to put up a show on stage, television, and film. His productions have garnered dozens of awards.
Zach Laliberte: Zach is a wildly versatile performing artist and songwriter living in sunny Los Angeles. He is a mime, clown, theatrical, tv, and film actor, musician, and screenwriter.
Sherry Landrum: Sherry has directed over one hundred stage productions and has won two “best director” awards from Los Angeles Drama Critics. She co-founded, directs, and performs with the award-winning improv comedy group Chattanoodle.
Beth Leopard: Beth has been teaching dance since she was 16, winning numerous choreography awards and is a certified member of Dance Masters of America, Carolina Dance Masters, and Dance Educators of America
Summer Mitchell: Summer is an instructor of voice, piano, and guitar for all ages. She is furthering her training at Belmont University where she is studying music production and song writing.
Jameson Moss: Jameson Moss: Jameson is an actor/musician currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. With such credits as a national Six Flags commercial, Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb, and Easy A.
Ashlyn Stallings: Ashlyn is a working actor and dancer who resides in New York City, she studied at a TV/Film Conservatory and has been in many short films and independent films.
Don Stallings: Don has performed “stand-up” to critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the Southeast. He is a popular commercial talent and has enjoyed guest starring in television series.
Lynn Stallings: Lynn is the Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players – Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant and experienced talent manager in television and film. She has performed in dozens of commercials
Mary McBain: Mary McBain grew up in England. She is passionate about creating your own work & finding what you stand for. Mary studied acting for TV/Film in New York City. She has written & produced her own webseries “How To Be a Brit in America,” as well as written and produced two shows in New York and Atlanta. She now resides in Los Angeles, California
Maria McDaniel: Maria is a member of the renowned Atlanta Opera Chorus and has performed in leading, supporting, and chorus roles in over 40 operas in seven languages ranging from Mozart to Verdi to contemporary Chinese composers.
Lysandra Petersson: Lysandra is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a B.A. in creative writing, she has directed and edited short films and music videos, worked on a number of feature films and has written nine screenplays and a novel.
Mama Yeye: Mama Yeye is a dancer, choreographer, playwright and teacher who specializes in West African and Caribbean dance; Sharing culture and philosophy in each class.