Jerry Bowman: Jerry Bowman is a Director of Mime and Mask Performance and has worked as a teaching artist for the past 12 years in Chicago, Atlanta, and Chattanooga. Jerry specializes in teaching improvisational acting and mime and is a founding member of Skwalking Heads Productions.
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!!!
Ryan Darst: Ryan Darst graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV in 2000, with an emphasis in screenwriting. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles as an independent filmmaker, usually very involved in the shooting and editing of his projects. And when he’s not on the set, he can be found in the kitchen, cooking for friends and family.
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. Dacia appeared on VH1 Hip Hop Honors, Soul Train Awards, Fashion Rocks, MTV Awards, and Dancing with the Stars. Feature films include Footloose, Dreamgirls, Stomp the Yard2, Homecoming, Diary of a Tired Black Man, & many episodes of Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band. Dacia was assistant choreographer on American Idol, X-factor, BET Honors, El Networks, Rossi & Michelle Show, and Stompin’. She also choreographed for the Academy Award winning Jennifer Hudson. Dacia’s choreography is captivating audiences on Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, 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. Dacia will be teaching at AWP’s Advanced Musical Theatre Camp, choreographing the Music Video at AWP’s Movie Camp and Choreographing AWPlayers’ Company musical review and IN THE HEIGHTS during the 2014-15 season. Welcome Dacia!
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. He is Executive Director of the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His productions have garnered numerous Los Angeles Drama Critic’s awards (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, LA Reader, LA Weekly), including awards for best production, best director, best actor, and best ensemble. In the Fall of 2008, he produced That Other Woman’s Child for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Zach Laliberte: Zach Laliberte is a multi-faceted artist living in the sunny city of Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, where he attended a performing arts high school before making his venture north to Chicago. He earned his Bachelors degree in theatre at Columbia College Chicago in 2003.
In the years since, he has gone on a national clown tour, attended the International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre (INFANT) in Novi Sad Serbia, and worked to create the Tonkawa Theatre Tribe (TTT) and The Chicago Physical Theatre Institute (CPTI). He released an independently produced live album, Skeletons of Songs, in 2007, with the help of his good friend, filmmaker Joe Burke. Zach has made many friends around the world studying under Keith Johnstone at the Loose Moose Theater Co. in Calgary, performing at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and collaborating with some of his favorite artists in Chicago such as the Neo-Futurists and Kapoot Clown Theater. Mr. Zach also worked as an artist-in-residence in collaboration with The Vittum Theater teaching Art, Music, Theatre, and Improvisation in Chicago public schools. He also is an artist-in-residence for the Atlanta Workshop Players every summer, teaching Mask, Clown, Breakdancing, Physical Theatre, and the Art of Play. Since moving to L.A., Zach has co-founded the Los Angeles Center for Creative Arts with filmmaker Lysandra Petersson, with whom he also produced the bimonthly live performance event Art Bazaar. In 2010, he released the music video for “Daydream”
(Skeletons of Songs), and music videos for two more songs are on the way in 2011. He has performed his music at the Viper Room, House of Blues, Rainbow Room, and many more venues. Whether making music, making masks, writing scripts, or improvising, Zach Laliberte continues to strive to create new and innovative works of art while collaborating globally.
Sherry Landrum: Artistic Director of the Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre and the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has won two “best director” awards from Los Angeles Drama Critics and a “best director” award from the Tennessee Theatre Association. Regionally, she has directed for the Oxford Shakespeare Festival is Mississippi, the Garage Theatre in New Jersey, the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, the Pioneer Square Theatre in Seattle, Stephens College in Missouri, the Cumberland County Playhouse in Tennessee, and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Shows have included, Cheatin’ (world premiere), Daddy’s Dyin’-Who’s Got the Will? (world premiere), Sordid Lives, Rosemary Leaves, The Secret Garden, The Robber Bridegroom, Sweeney Todd, The Boy Friend, Cinderella, The Woolgatherer, The Cherry Orchard, among others.
She co-founded, directs, and performs with the award-winning improv comedy group Chattanoodle. While living in Los Angeles, Sherry appeared in numerous commercials, movies, and television shows, including hosting her own show on CBS. Sherry has written two musicals with George S. Clinton. Smoky Mountain Suite was presented in Los Angeles, Crossville, and New York, and aired on PBS and the Gene Autry Radio Theatre. A workshop production of That Other Woman’s Child ran for six months in Los Angeles and was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times as a show that “successfully weds country music with the American Musical Theatre.” That Other Woman’s Child was presented at the Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre. Local critic, Ruth Cartlidge wrote the following: “…the most original piece of musical theatre to hit Tennessee stages in a very long time. Don’t miss this show. Its beautifully staged, well performed, and a great time.” She has written one musical yet to be produced, Paradise Court.
For ten years, Sherry served on the faculty of the New Actors Workshop, a two-year professional actor training program founded by George Morrison, Mike Nichols and Paul Sills where she taught Acting Technique and Improvisation and chaired the Masters Degree Program. Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts from Antioch University. She is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, SDC and the Dramatists Guild.
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 was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on January 17, 1991. Due to his dad’s profession, Jameson was able to live in many places. After living in Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut, and Ohio, his family settled in Atlanta, Georgia where Jameson found his passion for acting. He attended Atlanta Workshop Players as a full time student and at AWP’s summer Camp Destiny. After performing for his elementary and middle school, Jameson attended North Springs High School’s Performing Arts Magnet program in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2006 Jameson, along with his brother and others from North Springs High School performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. During a trip to Los Angeles with AWP’s Hollywood Bound program, Jameson was invited to work in Los Angeles. Jameson also is a member of the band, Jameson Moss and the Thrillers. When not performing Jameson takes classes in music at Santa Monica College. 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 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..
Lynn Stallings: 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.
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 playwight 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.
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
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.