Our Esteemed AWP Instructors 2014-2015
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.
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 is screening Sunday, August 3rd at the Gwinnett International Film Festival at 5pm. Feinberg is known for memorable characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Enterprises, Charmed, Alias, and the District.
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 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!
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Carrie 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 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.Carrie Anne is thrilled to be part of the amazing and talented AWP family and is ready to help everyone around her SHINE!
Tom Thon: Tom has had a rich and varied career as a professional actor. He played Doc Kensington in ‘Quarantine’, worked with jack Nicholson in ‘Prizi’s Honor’, worked with Meryl Streep in ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, and worked with Robert Duvall and Bill Murray in ‘Get Low’. In addition to acting for film and television, Tom has had numerous stage roles including having multiple parts in Terence McNally’s ‘Some Men’ at the Actor’s Express. He has worked at the Alliance Theater, Horizon Theater, and Theater in the Square.
Tiffany Denise Mitchenor: Tiffany has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California – Los Angeles. Teaching the craft of acting and working in the theater are by far her greatest passions in life. During her first 2 years of residency in Atlanta she’s had the privilege of working with Georgia Shakespeare, Actors Express, Theater Emory and Essential Theater. As of fall 2014 she will also serves at the Voice and Movement instructor at Clayton State University.
Katy Beth Barber: KB is a Communications major at Oglethorpe University with a minor in Theatre and Nonprofit Management. She has a passion for kids and teaching that goes beyond the classroom and into the world. KB is a member of AWP’s Professional Musical Theatre Company, Step Team, and Make a Movie Make a Difference. She is driven and passionate about pursuing her dreams and is dedicated to excellence. She is excited about changing the world, one audience at a time with AWP!
Meet Our 2015 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 currently moved back to Atlanta from New York City where 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 Willathgamuwa: 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.