Atlanta Workshop Players
Performing Arts Camp Instructors

WENDY FARAONE

Director for DISNEY & NICKELODEON television. Wendy started as a network favorite onset Acting Coach, working with some of the biggest stars on shows including: BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER, LIV & MADDIE , A.N.T. FARM, I’M WITH THE BAND, SONNY WITH A CHANCE, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, HANNAH MONTANA. NOW she is a popular Television Director of hits such as: DISNEY’S LIV & MADDIE, WALK THE PRANK, and NICKELODEON’S KNIGHT SQUAD!!!

CHRIS CHALK

Chris is currently starring as ‘Lucius Fox’ on FOX’s drama series ‘GOTHAM’. Recent film credits include: DETROIT, COME AND FIND ME, and 12 YEARS A SLAVE. TV credits include: HOMELAND, UNDERGROUND, THE GOOD WIFE…the list goes on! He has also been in countless Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including ‘FENCES’ starring opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

DEAN CUDWORTH

Dean has worked with DISNEY and UNIVERSAL STUDIOS on multiple live Stunt Shows in Los Angeles. Dean created Hollywood Stunt camp for kids in LA and now brings his expertise to Atlanta. Dean’s on camera credits include: THE GOLDBERGS, NASHVILLE, SCANDAL, SCORPION and MANY more!

SUSAN G. REID

Susan is an experienced Talent Agent, formerly Vice President of the TV/Film Division of AMT, Casting Director with FOX Casting, Currently Director for stage and screen and University Professor with over 15 years as an entertainment industry pro!

MELISSA STRAIN

Dancer, actress, and aerialist based in NYC. Melissa is currently performing with the internationally known Dance Company, Pilobolus and is the Assistant Director of Commercial Dance Intensive.

MAMA YEYE

Iya Olori Oriyomi is best known and loved by all her students as MAMA YEYE. She continues to fulfill her destiny one movement at a time, providing education with Dance, Sekere (sha-ka-ray) workshops and classes. She LOVES sharing African dance, movement, culture, music, and theatre while inspiring Youth to be triple threats on stage.

ZACK HOSSEINI

A Two-Time Emmy award-winning television writer and director. He founded Chaos Theory Entertainment in 2011. Work ranges from commercials to branded web series, to music videos and short films. He’ll graduate USC School of Cinematic Arts with Honors this December. Most importantly, this will be Zack’s fourth year at camp, and he can’t wait!

CARRIE ANNE HUNT

Carrie Anne Hunt is an actress and filmmaker best known for THE BEACH HOUSE (Hallmark), LIVING THE DREAM (Sky 1 – UK), MAGIC MIKE XXL (Warner Brothers), SLEEPY HOLLOW (FOX), EDGAR ALLEN POE’s Mystery Theatre (PBS) and DROP DEAD DIVA (Lifetime).Carrie Anne is also the Founder of Faerie Path Productions, where she is actively creating her own content. She is thrilled to be back at AWP’s VIP movie camp for the 4th Summer in a row!

ASHLYN STALLINGS

Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Writer, Producer. Ashlyn toured with the Atlanta Workshop Players as a swing for all female roles in social-issues musicals for many years. She moved into TV/Film & is the graduate of a New York based Film Acting Conservatory & is now working in the Atlanta Film scene. She can also be seen on BET’s ‘The Quad’.

KELLEY YOUNG

Kelley made her theatrical debut in the Fox Theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. From then on she continued performing in professional theatre productions and working with the likes of Kenny Leon, Patdro Harris, and Tyler Perry. She is an award winning choreographer, and actor. She is the creator, producer, and director of an upcoming web-series, and will be directing her first full length production in the Fall.

KRISTIN WEBER

Kristin Weber studied piano, voice, accordion, musical theater, and comedy for more than 15 years in both Dallas and Los Angeles where she has received awards for comedic performances. Kristin lives in Atlanta and does private voice and audition coaching. She also travels the country as a speaker and stand-up comic.

LYNN STALLINGS

Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players – is a Producer, DirectorCasting Consultant, On-Set Acting Coach, Published Playwright & experienced Talent Manager in TV/Film who has been instrumental in launching careers in Film, Television & on Broadway. She’s performed in over 30 musicals & 100 commercials.

DON STALLINGS

TV/Film Actor, Filmmaker, Director, Published Playwright, On-Set Acting Coach & Stage Combat Choreographer who has performed to critical acclaim nationwide. His recent guest appearances in TV series include “STAN AGAINST EVIL”, “KILLING REAGAN”, ”ZOE EVER AFTER”, “TURN”, & “GAME OF SILENCE”, “SALVAGE” and a secret undisclosed Netflix movie!

MARIA WILLATHGAMUWA

Classical Singer & Vocal Coach. Maria has performed in over 40 operas in seven languages. In addition to singing opera, she has performed as Alto Soloist in concerts of major oratorio works with symphony orchestras and churches throughout the Southeast; including the Atlanta Symphony.

KC GIARANO

(AWP Alum) Former Radio City Rockette. KC is a “Triple Threat” with a vast & varied career on stage & screen. Credits include TV commercials, being a news anchor for CNN/TBS Real News for Kids, Movies: Muppets From Space, Deadly Relations & Ethan’s Tuesday. Theatre: Leads in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Little Shop Of Horrors as well as touring with AWP’s professional company for 7 years.

JERRY BOWMAN

Actor, Writer, Mime Artist & Casting Consultant. Jerry has been teaching at AWP camps for 24 years. He is honored to share his talents in Improv, mime, physical comedy, sketch comedy & filmmaking. He has just finished a series of training films and has performed in over fifty commercials & appeared in national TV shows.

KEN FEINBERG

Award-winning Director, Writer & Actor on stage & screen performing in movies, hit TV series & major theater projects in LA, New York, Florida & Atlanta. He has won numerous awards in more than 100 productions.

CLAY NEAL

Clay ‘Claylicious’ is an actress, comedienne, event emcee, and radio host. She has acted in movies, plays, skits, short films, and commercials. Some credits include: Evilena in ‘The Wiz’, The Five Heart Beats, and Lean on Me!

JAMES THOMAS

James is an ultra-cool hip hop dancer and a Georgia native, who spent several years in New York honing his acting craft, under the instruction of Steve Pearlmutter. With several short films and commercials under his belt, James has been a part of the Atlanta Workshop Players for over a decade.

BLAKE BABBITT

Blake comes to AWP direct from the New York Film Academy, where he is on staff. Additionally, Blake is the founder of 383 Productions, an independent film production company headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

JOSH RUBEN

An award-winning actor, improvisor and teaching artist for over 30 years. Josh has performed all over the US and Canada in everything from Shakespeare to Improv Comedy to Musical Theatre.