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.
Clay Adams: Clay Adams has worked in television for over 25 years. As an actor, he’s appeared in prime time (ONE TREE HILL, VAMPIRE DIARIES), daytime (recurring roles on ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and AS THE WORLD TURNS), cartoons (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: FAST FORWARD, YU-GI-OH GX), and numerous commercials. An award-winning screenwriter, Clay holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. His stage plays have been produced in New York and Atlanta,one of which (“Friends – Or, The Plot to Kidnap David Schwimmer”) received a workshop with Emmy nominee Anthony King (artistic director, Upright Citizen’s Brigade; staff writer, NBC’s BFF). In 2000, Clay co-founded a development program at TriBeCa’s Access Theater, where he mentored writers who later went on to write for LOST (ABC), SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC) and CHAPPELLE’S SHOW (Comedy Central). Additionally, he has directed and taught acting at the prestigious Stella Adler Conservatory in New York. His current projects include a TV pilot, a feature script, and a graphic novel co-written with frequent collaborator Alexandre O. Philippe (director, THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS).
Anthony (Tony) Galde: Anthony was born in Prescott, Arizona and grew up in the military. His father served almost 25 years in the Air Force and that meant that his family lived literally all over the world. He spent his childhood and young adult life training and performing across the country and overseas as well. At the age of 17, Anthony left home for the bright lights of Broadway and was thrilled to be cast in the first Broadway production that he auditioned for. The show was Starlight Express and the year was 1986. Fast-forward 25 years and you’ll find Anthony, living in Atlanta Georgia after leaving behind his career on Broadway. His last Broadway job was performing in the mega-hit musicalWicked. Mr. Galde was a cast member of the Broadway production for seven and a half years and is a co-creator of Wicked’s hugely successful behind the scenes tour, Behind the Emerald Curtain. His decision to move into the next chapter of his life was a difficult one, but his passion for teaching, coaching and motivational speaking had surpassed his need to be on the stage. Anthony’s desire to use his life lessons in order to challenge other people to rise up to their fullest potential has been his calling card for years but now it has become his life’s work.
Erik Lingvall: Currently the owner of The Acting Camp in California, Erik brings with him over a decade of experience working in the acting industry in Los Angeles. Early in his career, Erik was a SAG actor starring in a variety of commercials and independent films. More recently he has worked on the other side of the camera, producing a variety of tv/film based events, establishing relationships with hundreds of agents, managers and casting directors. Currently Erik is dedicated to developing on-camera actors, consulting parents, and producing events throughout the country. For more info about Erik go to www.eriklingvall.com.
Chris Hall: Chris Hall has been a professional actor, instructor and director for the last 15 years. He attended Shorter University receiving a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York earning a professional certificate in Acting and Musical Theatre. His New York, National Tour and regional performance credits include Miss Saigon, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Forever Plaid, Showboat, Hey Mr. Producer and a host of other acting credits. Chris has been a musical theatre and acting clinician throughout the US in several high schools, colleges and private studios. Before coming to work with AWP he was Director of Theatre at Harrison High school in Kennesaw, GA. Chris is a past member of the Georgia Thespians board of directors and has been instrumental in planning and operating the Georgia Thespian Conference each year for over 4,000 students.
Tatom Pender: About the Instructor: At the ripe old age of six years old, Tatom knew what she wanted to do when she performed for the first time in front of a crowd. After performing in numerous productions from childhood to college, she later graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. Throughout her life she has worked with children– as a lead teacher with a private Pre-K program and as a substitute teacher in the private school system. By combining her love of the industry and her knowledge of child/human development, she has found a form of “teaching” she loves. She has a unique, encouraging way of “teaching” others to find their own way of working–and to have a blast doing it! Tatom Pender can be seen in the all new BET series “Being Mary Jane” as recurring co-star Tracy opposite Gabrielle Union, Richard Roundtree, and Margaret “Shug” Avery. You can also catch her in the 2014 thriller “No Good Deed” opposite Idris Elba.
Amy Dean Kennedy: Movie executive and screenwriter Amy Dean Kennedy is a native of Atlanta and spent her childhood dancing and performing around the world. A member of Georgia’s own Atlanta Workshop Players touring company throughout her childhood, Amy enjoyed performing locally in schools around Atlanta and in the summers on the stages at Callaway Gardens and Lake Lanier Islands. She has performed in commercials and industrials and in places like Royal Albert Hall in London, England and in the Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, as well as competing in dance competitions all over the United States.
Jillian Hanes-Murray: Jillian Hanes-Murray, a native of New York, is an accomplished performer, choreographer and teacher. She has studied dance, vocal, and drama extensively across the country. Her performance credits include Star Search, Fiesta Texas, Opryland USA, Opryland Hotel, The General Jackson Showboat, as well as numerous music videos, television pilots, commercials and industrials. A published journalist, Jillian has also written a column in Dancer Magazine. She has choreographed shows such as “The Wiz”, “A Chorus Line”, “West Side Story”, “Grease”, “Footloose” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. She has been a choreographer and teacher in the Atlanta area for 17 years and her love of dance and musical theatre has inspired her to implement it into both studio and school curriculums. The art of storytelling through song and movement is something that Jillian enthusiastically hopes to share with both her students and her audiences. She most recently was the Artistic Director of the AWPlayers Company for the past 2 years. Her passion for the arts along with current teen social issues in the media inspired her to write, direct & choreograph a new musical revue for teens titled “Generation.net.” It’s thought provoking message addresses important challenges that today’s generation faces everyday: dating, the cyber world, stereotypes and bullying. The show was met with rave reviews and is a labor of love for Jillian, who hopes to inspire the next generation to stand up and make a difference.
Lexi Klupchak: Lexi Klupchak started acting at 6 months of age! She was classically trained in Austria and Russia. She continued Stanislavsky based theatrical training with a social justice lens at Marquette University
and has directed over 20 shows. Lexi has continued her studies including Meisner training with Larry Silverberg, Mask Work with Phyllis Ravel, and is currently training in Augusto Boal Theatre of the Opressed techniques through workshops at the Forum Theatre in NYC. She holds an MA in Education and is pursuing a MSW from Smith University. She loves working with kids to help them realize their potential as performers and as human beings and was drawn to teach and direct at AWP by the mission of “Kids Making a Difference One Audience at a Time.” Lexi plans to use her MSW to do therapeutic work with children, veterans and children who have suffered war related trauma.