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The Studio's Artistic Members

 

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Barbara Acker

Barbara Acker - Actor, Director

Dr. Barbara Acker has a Ph.D. in Theatre from Wayne State University and has taught acting and voice in universities including Miami University in Ohio and Arizona State University, from which she retired and is now Professor Emeritus.

Her directorial work in the Valley includes Medea's Ghost, Father Christmas and the Snow Queen, the Great Playwright Series (Arthur Miller) and New Summer Shorts for the Theatre Artists Studio; John Loves Mary (Hale); Dancing at Lughnasa (ASU); Ramona (Teatro Bravo); and The Mighty Vandals and Amexica: War Along the Borderline (New Carpa Theater).

Some of her favorite plays include Pinter's The Caretaker and The Birthday Party; Arms and the Man, The Price, She Stoops to Conquer, Terra Nova, Butley, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men, and Rashomon. As a member of the Hilberry Repertory Theatre in Detroit, Barbara played such roles as Miss Marple in Murder at the Vicarage, Mary Queen of Scots in Vivat! Vivat Regina! and Gloria in Shaw's You Never Can Tell. In the Valley she has appeared in Arizona Jewish Theatre's Bluish, Phoenix Theatre's You Can't Take it With You, and won an ariZoni Award for her roles in Teatro Bravo's production of 14. Her favorite parts include Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Anne Winemiller in Summer and Smoke, and Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker

At The Studio she has appeared as Mrs. Matisse in Twist of the Magi and Melanie Klein in Mrs. Klein.


Brad Allen

allenBrad Allen - Actor, Director

Brad has had a long and varied life in the theatre and has worn many hats, including actor, voiceover artist, director, choreographer, playwright, producer, and composer/lyricist. He came to Phoenix in 2012, moving from New York City where he lived for 18 years. In addition to working in Manhattan, he has worked all over the country--with national tours and extended gigs in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Mississippi, and the last 15 years in New York City.

A few of his favorite roles as an actor include the Baker in Into the Woods, Mozart in Amadeus, Charlie in The Foreigner, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Paul in A Chorus Line, Tom in The Glass Menagerie and the Emcee in Cabaret. Directing highlights include Into The Woods, Agnes of God, City of Angels, The Chairs, The Pajama Game, and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean.

As a writer, he composed the music for Choosing Helen, and continues developing his master work: Celestina: A Tragic Musical Comedy, that began as the basis for his Masters Degree in Spanish at the University of Wyoming. The piece is a musical adaptation of the 500-year-old Spanish classic work, "La Celestina" by Fernando de Rojas. Brad wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the piece, which has had several readings in Manhattan, as well as a performance Off-Off Broadway. It continues to evolve as does Brad, and hopefully both will find the Valley of the Sun to be fertile ground for growth and opportunity.


Alan Austin

Alan Austin
austin bigAlan Austin - Actor, Writer

 

In addition to being a professional actor, Alan has written, produced and directed numerous plays including the award-winning musical drama Percival.

While in Singapore, he was also well known for his original British Pantomimes (referred to as pantos, these plays have nothing to do with French theatre artists or "mimes" but are take-offs of fairy tales produced in England each holiday season). One of his pantos, Father Christmas and The Snow Queen, was produced at Theatre Artists Studio in 2009 and 2010.

He has been seen at The Studio in Accomplice and New Summer Shorts and his original play Podski's Hole was produced at The Studio in June of 2011.

In addition to stage plays, he has published poetry and written several interactive murder mysteries for his wife's company, Murder Ink Productions.

Alan was born in England and lived in Asia for over 12 years, where he was cultural advisor to the Singapore government.


Marney Austin

Marney Austin
maustin bigMarney Austin - Actor, Director, Producer

 

Marney is an award-winning actress from Texas, where she won Houston's Best Actress Award.

After being involved in theatre in Texas for over 10 years, she moved to Australia and then Singapore. In both countries she performed, directed and produced shows. She also set up a company in Singapore to provide corporate and private entertainment while performing on stage.

Marney moved back to the U.S. in 1992 and since then has opened two companies - Arizona Performing Arts and Murder Ink Productions - to provide corporate and private entertainment to companies in the Southwestern U.S.

She has also performed on stage in Phoenix as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and at The Studio as Phoebe in sudZ, the Musical, as the Snow Queen in Father Christmas and the Snow Queen and as Sarah Jane in Help, I'm Down as part of the 2010 New Summer Shorts program.


Skye Ayers

Skye Ayers
ayers bigSkye Ayers - Actor

 

Skye has performed in theaters throughout the Valley, including Theatre Artists Studio, Fountain Hills Theater, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, Theater Works, Space 55, Ghostlight Theatre, Desert Stages, Arizona Women's Theatre Company, Matlin Studio for the Arts, Chryo's Voice Theatre, and Central Community Theater.

She has also appeared in productions for the Improbable Theatre Company, New Carpa Theater, New Edge Play Festival, MasterPeace Productions and Tempest Productions.

Skye has been behind the scenes as stage manager, crew, lighting and sound tech at The Studio. She has also acted in student films.


Sue Back

Sue Back
suebackSue Back - Actor, Singer, Director

 

Susan's love of acting and directing began in her home state of Michigan, where she appeared in plays such as Our Town, The Music Man and Annie.

Susan brought her love of musical theatre with her when she moved to Arizona and has appeared in Friends - A Class Act, Chicken Soup for Lunch, Risque Business, Holidazed, With Friends Like These, and Rock of Aging at Herberger Lunch Time Theater, as well as sudZ, the Musical and Ladies of Tin Pan Alley at Theatre Artists Studio. Sue also served as production coordinator for The Unexpected Man and revived her earlier directing chops by directing Carrie & Hairy, part of the 2012 New Summer Shorts program, and Crazy Love in 2013 both here at The Studio. Susan works as a psychotherapist in private practice.


Alaina Beauloye

Alaina Beauloye
AlainaBHeadshotAlaina Beauloye - Actor, Director

Alaina is originally from NYC and has worked on Broadway and in film as well as appearing in national TV shows and commercials. She recently starred in the Discovery ID series, Love The Way You Lie, and the upcoming feature film Witch Child. Upcoming stage roles: Veronica’s Room (Woman) at iTheatre Collaborative and the 2016-2017 season opener, Love, Loss, and What I Wore at Theatre Artists Studio. Recent stage roles: 39 Steps, Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey-ariZoni Award nomination), The King and I (Anna-ariZoni Award nomination), and Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett). She is a two time ariZoni Award recipient for the roles of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Alaina received the Videographer Award of Excellence for her work as the host of Maricopa Now TV show in AZ.

She's also had the wonderful opportunity to direct some of the Valley’s best actors in Lend Me a Tenor, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Heaven Can Wait, and Snow White at Hale Centre Theatre.

Alaina is a proud member of AEA and is honored to be part of The Theatre Artists Studio. Thank you Tom and Sydney!


Al Benneian

Al Benneian
AlBenneianAl Benneian - Actor

Al retired from Vanguard in 2015 and promptly returned to the stage after a most regrettable 17 year absence. He first appeared after his return playing George Aaronow in his favorite play, Glengarry Glen Ross, at Desert Stages Theatre. Al made his Theatre Artists Studio debut in 2016 playing Ian in The Herd. Prior to his extended hiatus, Al co-founded the Arizona Shakespeare Festival which later morphed into the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Favorite roles over the years include Father Rivard in The Runner Stumbles, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, Bobby Gould in Speed-the-Plow, and Cleante in Tartuffe. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Rockford University and an MFA in Theatre from Western Illinois University. Al is delighted to be associated with the Studio’s many talented and accomplished performers.


Deb Boehm

Deb Boehm
Deb Boehm - Architect

 

No biography is currently available.


Joe Bousard

Joe Bousard
bousard bigJoe Bousard - Actor, Director, Musician

 

Joe has worked professionally in music and theatre for over 40 years. Since 1962 he has been a teacher and coach of voice, acting and Musical Theatre. He received his BA degree in Speech Arts and Theatre from San Diego State College. In New York City he continued his work in piano and voice while directing choral groups and producing his own musical theatre productions.

Joe has won awards for Children's Television and is a grant recipient and member of ASCAP and Actor's Equity. He has taught at many colleges and schools in the US and Japan. Since his return to Phoenix in 1994, he has appeared on stage in A Christmas Carol (twice), All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, The King of the Kosher Grocers and the musical revue Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance for Paradise Valley Community College, for which he was also Musical Director and Arranger. He played and arranged the "live" musical underscore to Arizona Jewish Theatre's Brighton Beach Memoirs, and coordinated and arranged the live music for AJTC's Teibele and Her Demon. He co-produced and musically arranged the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence in 1995 and 1997. He completed a successful run of Triple Play, a cabaret musical that he helped to create.

In 2000, Joe won the ariZoni Award for best musical direction for his work in A Musical Cabaret for a company co-founded by his daughter, Shana, and her husband, Dominik Rebilas, which is now called TML ARTS. Joe is also the founding Director of Puma Jazz, the 'big band' at Paradise Valley Community College. Joe and his wife Lorraine have appeared together in various musicals. Their daughter, Shana, is a busy actress and singer and has also performed with her parents. Joe continues to teach and coach and has many talented students.


Tom Brady

Tom Brady
Tom Brady - Box Office Manager

Tom supports The Studio's artistic mission through his volunteerism as the theater's box office manager. He heads a committee of dedicated volunteers that manage ticketing at all performances and greet our patrons in a friendly and professional manner.

Tom comes to us having had an extensive career as a court administrator. He has worked at the executive level with both the City of Scottsdale and the City of Tempe's municipal courts. Earlier in his career he also worked for the Tucson public schools as a teacher and as a faculty associate with Pima Community College.

Tom holds a Master's degree in Business Education from the University of Arizona.


Kathleen Buckstaff

Kathleen Buckstaff
buckstaff bigKathleen Buckstaff - Writer

Kathleen is a writer, performance artist and photographer. As a photographer, she loves her macro lenses. They allow her to see beauty close up. One day she wrote in her photo notebook these words: "When I am photographing, I am in a perfect state of grace. I have one eye open looking for beauty, light and love and the other eye is closed, looking inward and listening to my own proddings and the voice of God."

It is Kathleen's intention to bring this same awareness to her work as a performance artist. She loves a good story, hearing one or telling one. She likes stories that give goose bumps, or belly laughs—stories that let us know we're not alone, ones that make us cry knowing that life, even in its pain, is beautiful. Kathleen's one-woman show, Avoiding Calamities and Other Attempts at Life, is a collection of such stories.

For several years, Kathleen worked as a humor columnist for The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Republic. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford, a MA in Journalism from Stanford and a Certificate of Theological Studies from The Pacific School of Religion. Kathleen is married and the mother of three children.


Mary Clare Coleman

Mary Clare Coleman
Mary Clare Coleman - Actor, Writer


Sydney Davis

Sydney Davis
davis bigSydney Davis - Actor, Producer, Singer

Sydney came to Arizona to practice law, but her real love has always been theater. She joined the Theatre Artists Studio several years ago and has been active in Studio productions.

She performed in Ira Gershwin: His Own Words, Ladies of Tin Pan Alley and New Summer Shorts of 2009. She appeared in sudZ, the Musical at Theatre Artists Studio and at the Herberger Theater Center. Other productions at the Herberger include Friends, A Class Act, Risque Business, Chicken Soup for Lunch, and Roll Out the Carol.

Sydney also appeared in the role of Mrs. Millennium in the Paradise Valley Community College production of Urinetown, The Musical.

Along with other Studio members, she is a member of 16 Bars Cabaret, a group that performs throughout the Valley.


Maureen Dias

Maureen Dias
dias bMaureen Dias - Actor, Director, Instructor

Maureen is proud to have been a member of The Studio since its inception. She performed in Last Lists of My Mad Mother, The Studio's inaugural production, Voices of Evil: A Workshop Macbeth, Eleemosynary and Maple & Vine.

Maureen studied theatre at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She has worked with AWTC in productions of Tongue of a Bird and Talking With. Other favorite roles include Anne in And Then They Came For Me with Childsplay and Trudy in In The Valley of the Sun for Canyon Moon Theatre Company.

Maureen is Artistic Director for Scottsdale Community Players and Greasepaint Youtheatre.


Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards
gedwards bigGus Edwards - Writer, Director

Gus Edwards is a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He studied playwriting and theatre arts at Lehman College in New York City; Iona College in New Rochelle, NY; Bloomfield College in New Jersey and Carolina School of the Arts.

Gus is currently a Professor in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, where he teaches film theory. A celebrated playwright, Edwards is the author of many plays and several books about black theatre and its history.

 


Judith Eisenberg

Judith Eisenberg
Judith Eisenberg - Actor


Alexandra Erario

Alexandra Erario - Actor


Mitch Etter

Mitch Etter
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No biography currently available.


Heather Fallon

Heather Fallon
HeatherFallon   Heather Fallon - Actor

Heather is delighted to work with such accomplished artists in her first production at The Studio! Previous productions in the Valley include City of Angels (Angel City Six), Follies (Stella), and Ragtime (Ensemble/Kathleen) at Theater Works, Lucky Stiff (Dominique Du Monaco) at ABT, The Sound of Music (Sister Berte) and Damn Yankees (Meg, ariZoni nom) at Hale, and Company (Joanne) at DFCT. Love and thanks to Tony.


Steven Fajardo

Steven Fajardo
fajardo bigStephen Fajardo - Actor

Steven Fajardo, a native of the southwest, was born in New Mexico. In addition to Phoenix, he has lived in Northern and Southern California as well as Las Vegas.

Having his first experiences as an actor during adolescence, he is again pursuing his passion for acting. He has appeared in staged readings for the Pandora Festival as well as locally produced short films, and studies with Verve Studios for almost two years. At The Studio, he has appeared in The Shadow Box and Twist of the Magi.


Ashley Faulkner

Ashley Faulkner
faulknerAshley Faulkner - Actor

Ashley Faulkner is an Arizona native with a strong passion for acting and music. Working in many mediums, Ashley will always find her way to a film set or stage.

A recent graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Phoenix, Ashley is now completing her BA in Film Studies and Theatre at Arizona State University. Ashley is quickly building her resume in theatre and film working on short films with Valley filmmakers. Most recently she worked with director Judy Rollings in Steel Magnolias as Annelle and on the short film Deflated with director Susan K. Brigham.

Ashley continues to study with Amanda Melby at Verve Studios and has had the privilege of studying with Elayne Stein, Barbara Acker, and Dee Rich.


Michael Fleck

Michael Fleck
fleck bigMichael Fleck - Writer, Actor, Director, Producer

Michael has been an actor for 45 years, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA for 38 of those years. He has performed in more than 100 productions on stage, radio, television and film in venues across the United States.

Michael's original musical, A LITTLE BEGINNING, premiered at Saint Cloud State University and was later produced at The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. He received an ITVA "Vidie" Award for Best Public Service Video as writer and director of "HospiceCare Is For Living," and his screenplay, Unintended Consequences was nominated for an award at the Arizona Film Festival. Michael is the recipient of two Prizm Awards and two ariZoni Award nominations for "Best Actor" for his performances as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind and the Stage Manager in Our Town.

For the last 20 years, Michael has directed his own communications design business, working as a writer, graphic artist, web designer, trainer and marketing consultant.

Michael joined the Studio in 2012 and has appeared in Arthur Miller's Elegy for a LadyTwist of the Magi, Over the River and Through the Woods, Stalking Pollyanna, The Last Romance and On Golden Pond. Two of his own plays, Casting Pearls and One Night Only, have been produced on The Studio stage.  He currently serves on the Studio's board of directors as Marketing Director.


Dorothy Wilmot Gaynor

Dorothy Wilmot Gaynor
gaynor bigDorothy Wilmot Gaynor - Singer

Dorothy Wilmot Gaynor is a newcomer to the world of performing arts. Though she studied piano as a kid, she did not return to the arts until recently when she discovered a love of singing through involvement in a local choir.

Since that awakening, Dorothy has been involved in three theatre productions: Babe, an original play reading at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and The Ladies of Tin Pan Alley and Cabaret at Theatre Artists Studio. She has also sung in religious choirs, solo performed in various religious services, and at a friend's wedding.

Dorothy is a CPA and also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She spent many years working in the field of real estate finance, but most of her time has been devoted to her husband and three children.


Debra Rich Gettleman

Debra Rich Gettleman
gettelman bigDebra Rich Gettleman - Writer, Actor, Producer

Debra is a writer, actor and theatre producer. She produced and acted in the highly acclaimed Pearls: Motherhood Unstrung. She wrote, produced and starred in several shows at the Herberger Lunch Time Theater including The Happiest Place on Earth and ...And the Chihuahua.

Many of Debra's short plays have been produced in one-act festivals across Arizona. Her holiday musical Twist of the Magi, received rave reviews for its World Premiere in 2012 at The Studio.

Studio acting credits include: Ellen in Maple and Vine, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, and Lillian in Mama and Jack Carew. She played Dinah in Theater Work's hit production of The Dixie Swim Club.

Past theatre credits include Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles at Tracy Roberts Theatre in L.A., Diana in Lend Me a Tenor at Michigan Ensemble Theatre, and Toby in the Chicago National Jewish Theatre's production of The Wizards of Quiz.

Debra currently writes for Arizona Jewish Life Magazine. Visit her blog at www.unmotherlyinsights.com.


Carol Gibson

Carol Gibson
CarolGibsonCarol Gibson - Actor, Writer

Carol’s interest in acting began when she portrayed Mrs. Crachett in a third grade rendition of A Christmas Carol. Her love of the stage continued through high school and college, (minoring in Theater at ASU) but acting was put on hold by a career teaching high school English (which she loved!). She’s dabbled in writing since she was a child and has had work published in professional journals and creative writing periodicals. Having her play read at The Studio was a thrill that re-kindled her love of writing.

When she retired from the classroom, she decided to take another stab at acting and has appeared in independent films, commercials and industrials as well as stage productions and voice over work around the Valley. Favorite roles include Mother Superior in Nunsense, Mickey in The Odd Couple, Female Version, and Gin in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. Her goal is to someday actually earn more money than she spends on acting!

Carol served on the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Board from 2005-2009, and as secretary from 2007 to 2009, and continues as an adjudicator. She is currently retired (maybe for real this time) and working on improving her acting skills in pursuit of more paying gigs! Carol also serves as the Children’s Education Director for the Phoenix Film Festival in charge of “Kids’ Day” at the festival.


Mark Gluckman

Mark Gluckman
gluckman bigMark Gluckman - Photographer

Mark has been with the Theatre Artists Studio since 2008. He has been involved as an actor with the New Summer Shorts Festival as well as Lenin's Embalmers (voted the worst 2011 show in Phoenix, for which he is proud), staged readings and the 2011 Great Playwrights Series: Tennessee Williams.

He also serves as the The Studio's photographer, capturing the publicity and production photographs for all of our productions.

Mark is Screen Actors Guild eligible and represented by the Leighton Agency. His film and television credits include leads in Nuclear Secrets, Redemption, Vicious Circle, Mountain Man and Lydia Pinkum. He has also been a guest star on America's Most Wanted and served as Chris Cooper's double in the film Interstate 60.

He can be seen in many industrial films and commercials, including those for Wells Fargo, Casino Arizona, Salt River Project and the Ryan White Foundation.

Mark holds a B.A. in drama from California State University and has trained at UCLA, the Pasadena Playhouse and with Stella Adler in New York City.


Dolores D'Amore Goldsmith

Dolores D'Amore Goldsmith
goldsmith bigDolores D'Amore Goldsmith - Director, Actor, Producer

Dolores has been working in theater for over 35 years. She has performed, written, directed and produced plays in Europe, Asia and the United States.

She is co-founding director of the American Theater Company in Geneva, Switzerland; the Hong Kong Rep Theater and The Arizona Women's Theater Company in Scottsdale.

Locally, Delores has appeared on the stages of ASU, Phoenix College, Scottsdale Community College, The Art Renaissance Foundation, The Arizona Women's Theater Company, Southwest Shakespeare and AJTC.


Heidi Haggerty

Heidi Haggerty
haggerty bigHeidi Haggerty - Actor

Heidi is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her most recent performances have been A Midsummer Night's Dream at Brelby Theatre and Great Falls right here at Theatre Artists Studio. She would like to thank Carol MacLeod for this opportunity and just for being. She also thanks Mary Robinson and Kent for all their work and support. Thanks to all who had a hand in this play. Thanks to family and friends and thank YOU for coming - without you, there is no show.


Richard Powers Hardt

Richard Powers Hardt
hardtRichard Powers Hardt - Actor, Writer, Designer, Director

Richard has a BA in Theatre Arts from Northern Arizona University and has been acting, designing, writing and directing theatre in Arizona for over 35 years. Before moving back to Phoenix, Richard directed the comedy improvisation group, "Local Motion" in Flagstaff.

Recent theatrical credits include directing the Arizona premieres of Maple and Vine for Theatre Artists Studio, and All Through the Night for Theater Works. Other favorites through the years include the Actor's Equity Project, Extremities at the old Planet Earth Theater, King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing for The Shakespeare Theatre and The Importance of Being Earnest for Mesa Little Theatre.

As a writer, he has had several plays produced including the current adaptation of A Christmas Carol which has run for three winters at Theater Works. Some of his favorite acting roles include Charlie Fox in David Mamet's, Speed the Plow, Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and King Sextimus in the musical, Once Upon a Mattress.

Richard was a co-founder of The Shakespeare Theatre and Off-Center Productions. He has worked with numerous theatres around the Valley and has received ariZoni Award nominations for both directing and design. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Theater Works and is their Artistic Committee chair.


David Heap

David Heap
DavidHeapDavid Heap - Actor, Singer, Writer, Attorney

David has appeared in Valley productions of Sweeney Todd, The Follies, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oliver, Annie Get Your Gun, Damn Yankees, Big River, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Christmas Carol, Our Town, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sparrow, Pride and Prejudice, and Calamity Jane. He has trained at Megaw Studio and the Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre. David practices law as his day job. He was married to the late Carol Busath Heap for almost 37 years, and they have four children and two grandchildren.


Hilary Hirsch

Hilary Hirsch
hirsch bigHilary Hirsch - Actor

Hilary is trained in ballet, having studied at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, and earning her BFA in Ballet at the United States International University. She has danced professionally with the Performing Tree Company in Southern California.

Her first role in Phoenix was as 'Girl' in A Soldiers Tale at Phoenix Little Theatre. In 1978, she choreographed Annie Get Your Gun for Phoenix Little Theatre. She then enrolled in the Herberger Theatre's STAGES Actor Training Programs and learned her craft under Judy Rollings' instruction. Since then she has been cast in supporting and leading roles in musicals, comedies and dramas.

She has received three ariZoni Award Nominations (choreographer of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Best Supporting Actress in The Nerd as 'Clelia Waldgrave' and Best Leading Actress in Enchanted April as "Lottie Wilton.") Hilary continues to instruct students in tap, ballet, musical theatre and jazz.

Theatre credits: Steel Magnolias, M'Lynn; George M, Nellie Cohan; Into The Woods, Jack's Mother; Oklahoma, Aunt Eller; Necessary Targets, Jelena; Buzzard Ball, Evie; Gypsy, Tessie Tura; Tomfoolery, Bronte, Tribute, Mothers Day Present, Waiting for the Parade, Haiku, Approximating Mother, Company, Broadway Based on... 2, 3 & 4. Ballet Performances: Giselle – Peasant Pas de Deux & Lead Willis; Les Sylphides; Swan Lake, ACT II-Pas de Trois. Choreographer: Into The Woods, Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, Jesus Christ Super Star, Hello Dolly, The Music Man, Once Upon A Mattress, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Tomfoolery, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie Get You Gun, Anything Goes, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Fiddler On The Roof, The Fantastics, Bye Bye Birdie, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Training: Herberger Theatre's STAGES Actor Training Programs; Utah Shakespearian Festival Education Program, Stage Combat, Voice, Movement, Musical Theater/Tap, Ballet , The Royal Ballet School, London, U.S. International University, School of Performing Arts, San Diego, CA, BFA - Ballet.


Patti Hurtado

Patti Hurtado
  Patti Hurtado - Actor

 


Jason Isaak

Jason Isaak
JasonIsaakHeadshotJason Isaak - Actor

Jason began acting in Tucson and studied with the Tom Thumb Players, directed by Lester Netzky.  There he appeared in a variety of productions including The Sound of Music, Oliver Twist, The Music Man, and Pinnochio.  After a long hiatus from any formal acting, his first appearance back on stage was with Theatre Artists Studio in the 2016 New Summer Shorts where he appeared in Home Invasion alongside Mark Gluckman and directed by Steven Fujardo.

In addition to theatre, Jason has had the opportunity to appear in short films, commercials, print media, and to do voice work. He is represented by Dani’s Agency, and is honored to be part of Theatre Artists Studio.


Nina Koch

Nina Koch
Nina Koch - Producer, Actor, Writer

A New York City native, Nina completed her degrees at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont and Teachers College of Columbia University in Manhattan. She pursued careers in education, sales and for the last 17 years in career coaching, where she was most recently a Vice President, Senior Campaign Director at an executive career management and recruiting firm serving the US and Canada.

Nina. has a life-long love of the theatre and is delighted to be a member of Theatre Artists Studio. She has performed in community theatre where some of her favorite roles include the model in Fifth Season; Crystal in Outrageous Fortune; Rutka in The Wall and The Mother in Plaza Suite.

Nina has always enjoyed writing and is thrilled that her one act play, Rotten Apples was part of the 2008 New Summer Shorts Festival. Her sequel, Sour Grapes, was presented as part of the Herberger's Lunchtime Theatre production of From Here To Insanity.


Tom Koelbel

Tom Koelbel
koelbelTom Koelbel - Actor

Tom caught the acting bug later in life than most but was fortunate to have the wonderful women at D & D & Co. to guide him through the early years. He has since had the good fortune to play on many stages throughout the Valley from The Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert, where he most recently played George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, all the way to Theater Works in Peoria, where he was Dan Hilliard in The Desperate Hours. He's also worked with Stray Cat Theater (Stop Kiss), iTheatre Collaborative (The Fish Must Die and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) and Black Theatre Troupe (A Lesson Before Dying) among others, earning a pair of ariZoni nominations along the way.

Tom was a founding member of Early Bird Special, a comedy troupe specializing in sketch and improv. He has also appeared in several films, commercials and industrials. He is represented by Dani's Agency.

Tom is honored to be a part of The Theatre Artists Studio. Thanks, Debra.


Judy Lebeau

Judy Lebeau
lebeau bigJudy Lebeau - Actor

Judy Lebeau is a twice nominated ariZoni actress who is proud to be a founding member of The Studio. She has appeared on our stage in Edward Albee's Marriage Play (Jillian), Eleemosynary (Dorothea), Munched, Riding to Bethlehem, The Temporary Queen, SudzThe Road to Mecca (Helen) and The Last Romance (Carol).

Judy has worked with several local theatres including Actor's Theatre of Phoenix: A Lesson from Aloes (Gladys), The Immigrant (Ima), Yesterday's Hero (Leslie), A Shot in the Dark (Dominique), Accomplice (Janet/Erica), Nuts (Lavinsky), A Shayna Maidel (Luisa), and Middle Ages (Myra); Arizona Jewish Theatre: Twilight of the Golds (Phyllis) and Phoenix Theatre: Two for the Seesaw (Gittel) and Beyond Therapy (Prudence).

Her film and television credits include Disney's Not Quite Human and Match Point, NBC's Unsolved Mysteries and Search for Tomorrow, Mel Brooks' The Vagrant, Cannon Films' Ninja III, CBS' Rescue 911, Columbia Pictures' The Child Stealers, and Out of Focus. She has been a member of SAG-AFTRA and EQUITY and has been cast in dozens of national commercials including Tide, Ford, Delta Airlines, American Psychiatric Association and Gatorade.

With a strong commitment to community service, Judy has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Conference of Community & Justice, Samaritan Health Services, City of Phoenix Motion Picture Task Force, Jewish Community Center and the Children's Cancer Center, where she successfully led an effort to endow Camp Rainbow ... a summer camp for children with cancer.


Julie Lee

Julie Lee
leeJulie Lee - Actor, Director, Producer

Julie began performing in children's theater at the age of 10 and kept going. For The Studio, she has played Beverly in The Shadow Box, The Snow Queen in Father Christmas and the Snow Queen, the Stage Manager in Twist of the Magi, Chick in Crimes of the Heart and numerous roles in Love, Loss and What I Wore. She has also appeared in several of the New Summer Shorts programs and A Life in the Theatre, The Studio's May 2014 shorts presentation for the Lunch Time Theater program at the Herberger Theater Center.

Other favorite roles include two appearances in Harvey, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jill in Equus, Essie in You Can't Take it With You, Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?, Dominique in A Shot in the Dark and several roles in Footloose.

She also plays on the tech side. Julie has produced three shows for The Studio and directed Hats for the 2013 New Summer Shorts and You'll Never Find the Body for the 2014 New Summer Shorts. She is the Executive Producer and Co-Owner of DYNAMIC! Productions, a live event, video and television production company, alongside her wonderful husband, Don. She served on The Studio's Board of Directors and also volunteered as its Publicity Director for nine years. She currently volunteers as The Studio's Newsletter Editor and website administrator.


Les Leiter

Les Leiter
leiter bigLes Leiter - Writer

A member of the Studio's Writer's Circle, Les Leiter has written four full-length plays and several shorter ones.

His one-act play The Dimple won a $500 first prize in a playwrighting contest in Florida last year and his short Decker & Ducker was featured in the Studio's 2010 New Summer Shorts Festival.

Les is retired from a 33-year career teaching English and writing in the public schools.


Angee Lewandowski

Angee Lewandowski
AngeeLAngee Lewandowski - Actor


Carol MacLeod

Carol MacLeod
macleod bigCarol MacLeod - Producer, Actor, Instructor

Carol is a founder and President of the Theatre Artists Studio Board and has been a theatre professional for over 50 years. She began her career in New York as a stage and television actress but then extended her love of theatre into the areas of producing, directing and teaching as well.

As a Valley resident, Carol was one of the founders of the Actors Theatre of Phoenix and served as its first Artistic and Managing Director. She also served as the Director of the Arizona Theatre Company's Encompass (Outreach) Program and was an original member of the Phoenix Arts Commission.

Teaching has always been an important part of Carol's career. She taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and in Phoenix for the Phoenix Center for the Performing Arts, The Arizona Theatre Company, The Actors Theatre and The Herberger Theater Center's "Stages" Program.

Prior to her return to Phoenix in 2000, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame for seven years both in the Department of Theatre and the Department of English. Locally, she was the Fine Arts Coordinator at Xavier College Preparatory for six years, developing staff and curriculum for their Fine Arts Program. At present she is teaching and producing at The Studio.


Eileen Mager

Eileen Mager
mager bigEileen Mager - Actor, Singer, Director

Cleveland-born concert and recording artist Eileen Mager made her debut as a recitalist in Chicago, and has been performing concerts in the Phoenix area for more than 20 years.

In June of 2009, she sang Haydn arias and a work by Louise Lincoln Kerr for the Haydn Festival at the Konzert Haus in Vienna, Austria. She has appeared as featured soloist with the Four Seasons Orchestra, The Singers of Cantemus, the Harp Consortium, Desert Foothills Choral Foundation, and for many Valley churches, and was a featured soloist for Yavapai College's recent performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah. She is Staff Soloist for Christ Anglican Church in Carefree.

Ms. Mager has been the Artistic Director for several of the Arizona Vivaldi Festivals, and a featured performer in many of the Festival concerts and the American premieres of two of Vivaldi's operas. A few years ago, she sang the world premiere of eight songs by French composer Germain Desbonnet for Phoenix's French Week.

Her repertoire is very broad — everything from opera to jazz, Broadway to folk, classical religious works to spirituals and gospel. Her performances have included works of more than 80 composers, and she has sung in 16 languages. Her seven CDs — "Christmas Treasures," "Classic French Songs," "Vivaldi a Due Voce," "Broadway: Love & Laughter," "Operatic Vivaldi: Passion, Intrigue, Revenge, & Joy," "Jazzin' Around," and "Songs of Life" — have won her an enthusiastic following among audiences and reviewers alike.


Andrea Markowitz

Andrea Markowitz
AndreaHeadShotAndrea Markowitz - Playwright
Playwright Andrea Markowitz became hooked on theatre at age seven, when she saw her first Broadway show. She earned degrees in English literature, musicology and psychology, and landed jobs as an advertising copywriter, human resources generalist, assistant professor, and writer/editor of nonfiction books and articles before she authored her first play, “Feeding the Furies.” A New Jersey native, Andrea also lived in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maryland before she moved to Arizona in 2002, where she resides in the Sonoran Desert foothills. She credits being surrounded by untamed scenery and wild critters, as well as her wonderful husband Pat O’Brien and adorable rescue dogs Chipper and Coco, for much of her inspiration.


Steven Mastroieni

Steven Mastroieni
mastroeini bigSteven Mastroieni - Actor, Director

 

Steven has performed in major roles in numerous stage, film, television and radio productions.

Marshal Mason, founder and former "Artistic Director of the Circle Repertory Theatre company NYC, reviewed Steven as King Beringer in Ionesco's Exit the King saying, "Best of all is Steven Mastroieni as the King. He acts with a keen economy.  . . . sets a high standard for accomplishment for professional theatre in the Valley."

Mr. Mastroieni performed as The Author-Paul Parskey in Jasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man produced by Theatre Artists Studo. The play was critically named as one of the Ten Best Productions of 2012.  Steven is a founding member of the Theatre Artists Studio and is proud to serve on its Board as Vice President.

One of his favorite film roles was playing Nick in Desert Bloom, produced by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute..

Steven has worked as a guest artist in a dozen Arizona State University faculty and student productions.  The opportunity to play in such a variety of works, made possible by the University's academic mission, is a remarkable opportunity and a constant source of refinement of his craft.  From Lord Foppington in the Restoration Comedy The Relapse to recently an "exploded" version of Pinter's The Homecoming as Max..

Steven received a BA in Theatre from ASU and has trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, as well as the Drama Studio London at Berkley.  While living in Iran, Steven worked with an improvisational theatre group, performing in The Seven Parables of Barsiesa Abed, performing in both Tehran and in the ruins of Persopolis.

Steven has performed locally with Actors Theatre Phoenix, Theatre Phoenix (PLT), In Mixed Company, The Stagebrush Theatre, Southwest Ensemble Theatre and ASU. He also served on the boards of Theatre Phoenix (PLT) and Actors Theatre Phoenix.

Steven is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA.


Amanda Melby

Amanda Melby
melby big2Amanda Melby - Actor, Instructor, Musician, Producer

Amanda Melby, a native Minnesotan, made her way to Phoenix via Southern California, Washington, DC and Cleveland. She has worked as a professional actress for over 24 years and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Amanda can be seen in the films Jake's Corner, Netherbeast Incorporated, The Majestic, Ouroborous, Covet, Cult Status, Small Happys, The Fencestitite, and Cocktail Wizard, among others. Her television credits include S.I.S. (Spike TV), Boston Public (Fox), The Young and the Restless (CBS), and Screen Wars (AZTV).

Her Los Angeles theatrical credits include understudying for Peri Gilpin as Gwendolyn in Frasier Gone Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest at the Mark Taper Forum, and starring as Sonia in the LA premiere of Life X 3. Regional theatrical credits include the Cleveland Play House, Porthouse Theatre, Dobama Theatre and Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

Locally, she has appeared at Actors Theatre of Phoenix in Body Awareness, Phoenix Theatre in Players in the Game and at Theatre Artists Studio in Shakespeare's Friends, Riding to Bethlehem, Kissing, Collected Stories, Medea's Ghost and The Shadow Box.

She also works in commercials, industrials, voice over and print, having shot her 25th commercial, a national spot for Courtyard by Marriott, and appearing on the cover of a Pier One ad.

She has studied with Howard Fine in his Master Class in LA. Amanda is an accomplished cellist and holds a BA in theatre and English from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. She is represented by the Leighton Agency (Arizona), and Artist Management Agency (California). www.AmandaMelby.com.


Amy O'Loughlin

Amy O'Loughlin
oloughlin bigAmy O'Loughlin - Accountant

Amy is a Senior Tax Associate with the firm CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory Services. She joined the firm in 2001 and has five years of experience in public accounting.

She is responsible for a a variety of tax compliance and research matters for tax-exempt entities. Her duties include the preparation and review of tax-exempt organization returns.

Amy has worked with a wide array of clients with various types of tax-exempt structures. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA).

She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a Certificate in Accounting from Arizona State University.


Walt Pedano

Walt Pedano
pedano bigWalt Pedano - Actor

 

Walt joined the Studio in 2012. He was nominated for a Zoni award for his portrayal of Sarge in Happy Birthday Katie Valentine at the Desert Foothills Theater.

He has acted in productions at many of the Valley's theaters including Fountain Hills, Desert Stages, Mesa Encore, Theaterworks and iTheatre Collaborative.

Prior to coming to Arizona, Walt performed with the Gallery Circle Theater in New Orleans and the Rochester Playhouse. He is also a sportsman and trained facilitator.


Dan Peitzmeyer

Dan Peitzmeyer
peitz bigDan Peitzmeyer - Producer, Actor

 

Dan developed an interest in theatre in his native Cleveland, where he attended productions at Cleveland Playhouse, Cain Park and Karamu and the experimental black boxes that permeated the local universities.

After moving to Arizona he studied acting at Phoenix Theatre (then PLT) and later in the STAGES program at the Herberger Theater Center. His favorite roles include 'Ruben' in Aaron Sorkins's Hidden in This Picture by Untapped Theatre and 'Monty' in James Garcia's Chuy by Colores Actors-Writers Workshop.

Dan serves on The Studio Board with a primary focus on audience development. He is represented by the Leighton Agency.


Layne Racowsky

Layne Racowsky - Actor, Director


Jesse Ramlawi

Jesse Ramlawi
ramlawi bigJesse Ramlawi - Actor

 

Hailing originally from Miami, Florida, Jesse joined the Theatre Artists Studio in 2008. He has been featured in Medea's Ghost, Light Up the Sky and most recently in Twist of the Magi.

He has also appeared in several Summer Shorts Festivals and the 2011 Holiday Music and Musings. He is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and has credits in Three Kings with George Clooney as well as several independent films.

He works for Charles Schwab as a financial advisor by day and admits that he first took up acting and the theater to meet girls. He is now happily married and father to a horse and puppy dog.

 


Dominik Rebilas

Dominik Rebilas
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Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson
robinson bigMary Robinson - Director, Actor, Writer, Technical

 

 

Mary is an Arizona native who has been involved in theatre for nearly 35 years; high school, college, community theatre, lots of backstage mom hours and is now a proud artistic and board member of the Theatre Artists Studio.

Favorite roles on stage have been Zanita Shin in The Music Man and Mother Gilbreth in Cheaper by the Dozen. Through the years Mary has costumed, lighted, directed, and stage managed many shows.

Mary has stage managed many of the shows at the Studio and most recently joined the cast of The Shadow Box, her first official acting role since 1982. Mary also had an original piece featured in The Studio's 2011 Holiday Music and Musings.

She has directed two plays for the Summer Shorts Festivals and also directed two different Studio productions for The Herberger Lunch Time Theater.

Mary holds both a BA in Public Programs and a BA in Education from Arizona State University. She continued her education with a M.ED from Chapman University and taught school for 15 years.

Mary is currently employed as the Arts Education & Outreach Associate at the Herberger Theater Center. She is married to a talented musician and has two wonderful kids.


Judy Rollings

Judy Rollings
rollings bigJudy Rollings - Director, Actor

Judy was a founding member of Actors Theatre of Phoenix and served as the Artistic Director for 8 ½ years. During her tenure, Actors Theatre won the Critics Circle Award for Innovative Programming – Brown Bag Theater and the New Times Award for the Best Professional Theater.

Judy is also recipient of the Phoenix Gazette's award for Best Director of a Drama. Nuts, Orphans, Traveler in the Dark, and They Dance Real Slow in Jackon, Baby Dance and Park Your Car in Harvard Yard are among her many directing credits for Actors Theatre. Her most recent acting credits include Theda in It Had to Be You, Ada in Criminal Hearts and Dean Catherine Kenney in Spinning into Butter.

A member of Actors Equity Association, Judy has served on the Maricopa Community Colleges Arts Day Speaker's Panel, Arizona State University Theater Advisory Board, Arizona Theater Conference Audition Workshop Panel and Design/Director Panel, ariZoni Awards Organization Executive Committee and Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Roster Panel.

She ran a very successful comprehensive Actor Training Program for the Herberger Theater Center and is presently the Director of the Lunch Time Theater Program, where she performed her own one-woman show in August of 2005. In 1995, Judy won the ariZoni Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theater in Phoenix.


Micki Shelton

Micki Shelton
shelton bigMicki Shelton - Writer

Micki is delighted to be back in Arizona (having graduated from Arcadia High School) and to be a member of Theatre Artists Studio.

From 1992–1994, she was a member of South Coast Repertory's Professional Conservatory, where she studied playwriting with Literary Manager John Glore and had four short plays produced during SCR's summer series. In 1994, her first full-length play, Circles, was included in Ashland, Oregon's, New Plays Festival. Since then, she has written four new full-length plays and has two more in development. Theatre Artists Studio, City Lights Theatre Company, Arizona Classical Theatre, and The Elks Opera House have produced her full-lengths, and her short plays have been produced by The@trics, Theatre Artists Studio, and the Phoenix Fringe Festival, among others.

Micki is co-founder of Tomorrow's Theatre Tonight, featuring works-in-progress by Arizona playwrights read by rehearsed actors and followed by audience feedback.

Micki (aka S. Michele McFadden) is proud mom of two: Phoenicians may've seen son Colin as Joey in Actors Theatre's '07 production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Daughter Molly received her B.A. in Television and Film from Chapman University in 2012 and currently lives and works in West Hollywood, California.

When Micki can't be found in town, she's either home working on a new play or writing or editing textbooks, novels, and spiritual books to pay the bills. Visit her at www.mickishelton.com.


Kirt Shineman

Kirt Shineman
shinemanKirt Shineman - Writer

 

Kirt Shineman is a Phoenix-based playwright and Professor of Communication. Kirt has been a playwright at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Hormel New Works Fest, and DC Black Theatre Conference. His topics range from the personal (Allie Opp’s Last Fantastic Day – Emerging Artists Theater, Off-Broadway) to the political (Forbidden Glass- O’Neill semi-finalist, Chicago Pride Films & Plays). His play, Germs and Viruses, (NNPN finalist & O’Neill semi-finalist) had its premiere at Arizona State University Mainstage Theater in 2015. He has degrees from Arizona State University (MFA-Dramatic Writing), Emerson College (MA-Communication), and Colorado State Un. (Rhetoric & Theater).


Susan Sindelar

Susan Sindelar
sindelarSusan Sindelar - Actor

Susan has worked extensively in various markets across the country, and here in the Valley on stage, in radio, TV, commercials, and film. She won an ariZoni Award for her stage role in Actors Theatre's The Immigrant, and two International Cinema in Industry Awards for writing and producing her SkillsForKids children's videos.

Susan's writing credits include 13 original scripts for stage and video. Three of her one-act comedies were produced by Actors Theatre, and Shifting Gears and Tox Rat Tango kicked off the 2010-2011 New Play Series at Theatre Artists Studio. She is currently completing another script for stage.

Some of her favorite local roles include: Tess in Childsplay's production of Montana Molly and the Peppermint Kid, Leah in Actors Theatre production of The Immigrant, Mama in Arizona Jewish Theatre's production of Dreams in the Golden Country, Mother Goose in Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Co. production of Mother Goose, and Sharee in Theater Works production of The Dixie Swim Club. At Theatre Artists Studio, Susan performed as MODO in Father Christmas and the Snow Queen two years in a row, as well as originating several roles in the Studio's New Summer Shorts series.

Susan is a proud member of The Studio and holds a Theatre Arts degree from Rollins College.


Pamela Sterling

Pamela Sterling
PamSterlingPamela Sterling - Actor, Director

PAMELA STERLING is an Associate Professor in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre. She has a BFA degree from the Professional Actor Training Program and an MFA in Child Drama from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has acted and directed for Equity theatres across the United States and has been the Artistic Director for The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri; Honolulu Theatre for Youth; Idaho Theatre for Youth and was the Executive Director of The Muny/Student Theatre Project in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of her favorite acting roles include Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, Gollum in The Hobbit, Pippi in Pippi Longstocking, Emily in Our Town, Essie in You Can’t Take it With You, Patricia in Extremities and Julia in A Delicate Balance. Professional productions directed include The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird, All My Sons, The Miracle Worker and The Miss Firecracker Contest. Sterling has also worked professionally as a dramaturge and in new play development for the Kennedy Center’s New Visions New Voices program, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the University of Texas Austin. Her published plays include The Secret Garden, Friday’s Child, The Adventures of Nate the Great, and Little House on the Prairie.


Bill Straus

Bill Straus
strausBill Straus - Actor

Bill Straus is that rarest of breeds........a native Phoenician.  He joined Theatre Artists Studio in 2014 after appearing in the 2014 “New Summer Shorts.”   That marked his first theatrical performance in 32 years. The long hiatus was the result of professional and family responsibilities. Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, he performed in a number of roles, starting with small parts in Up the Down Staircase and Rumpelstiltskin for the Actors’ Repertory Theater. He subsequently appeared in the Stone Soup Players’ Play It Again Sam, Janus Theatre Company’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Phoenix Little Theatre’s Night of the Iguana.


Bill always seemed to work in the public eye…..and ear.
  After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1971, he spent the rest of the ‘70s in the horseracing industry.  In 1980, Bill entered the field of radio where he spent over 20 years, the last nine hosting his “Straus’ Place” talk show.  In March, 2001, he assumed the position of Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, where he spent 13 years until retiring in 2014.

 

Bill has two children: Jenni, an attorney in Denver, and Charlie, a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department, and is a proud grandfather of Maci Straus Cohen and Max and Matty Straus.


Patti Davis Suarez

Patti Davis Suarez
suarez bigPatti Davis Suarez - Actor, Producer, Director

A former Broadway actor, Patti has appeared with most of the professional theatre companies in the Valley.

In 2008/09 she played Sister Aloyisius in Doubt (ariZoni Award) at Actors Theatre, Joanne in Company (ariZoni nomination) at Phoenix Theatre and Diane in The Little Dog Laughed at Nearly Naked Theatre.

She has played leading and supporting roles in Valhalla (ariZoni Award); The House of Yes (ariZoni Award); Permanent Collection; My Fair Lady (ariZoni nomination); All's Well That Ends Well (ariZoni Award); Othello; Glass Menagerie (ariZoni nomination); Applause; Steel Magnolias; Menopause, the Musical and Laughing Wild (2 ariZoni Awards – actor and costume).

On Broadway, Patti appeared in: Applause, Promises, Promises and How Now Dow Jones.

Between Broadway and Arizona, Patti spent 13 years as a prime time news anchor in Los Angeles (Emmy nomination & winner of Golden Mike Award), Oklahoma and Missouri.

Patti also designs costumes and sets for Studio productions.


Amanda Noel Trombley

Amanda Noel Trombley
trombley bigAmanda Noel Trombley - Actor, Teacher, Text Coach

A native of Arizona, Amanda left the Valley to earn her BA in Theatre Arts at Pepperdine University and an MLitt/MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center.

Since returning to the Valley last year, Amanda has performed in numerous productions including Doubt (Theater Works), All My Sons (Desert Foothills Theater), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Brelby Theatre) and the Herberger Lunch Time Theater productions Q is for Queen and M is for Marriage.

Other favorite roles include Helena in All's Well That Ends Well, Emilia in Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, Evadne in The Maid's Tragedy, and Hal/Lady Hotspur/ Worcester in an "extreme casting edition" of Henry IV, Part I. In addition to her work onstage, Amanda is also a director, text coach, and teacher. She is blessed to create with her wonderful husband in a place she loves.


Dan Trombley

Dan Trombley
dtrombleyDan Trombley - Actor, Writer, Director

Dan Trombley hails from Northern New York and earned his Bachelors in Performance and Communication Arts at St. Lawrence University. He completed a MLITT and MFA through Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center, where he also met his lovely and talented wife. After graduating, he moved to Phoenix and co-wrote, directed and performed Q is for Queen for the Herberger's Lunch Time Theater. Other roles in the Valley include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Frank Lubey in All My Sons. Most recently, Dan co-directed A Midsummer Night's Dream at Brelby Theatre with his wife and another production of the alphabet Shakespeare series, entitled M is for Marriage, at the Herberger's Lunch Time Theater.


Lesley Ariel Tutnick

Lesley Ariel Tutnick
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Lesley has been a member of the Theatre Artist Studio for many years and most recently appeared as Catherine in Proof.

Lesley's stage work includes repertory, regional, national and world premiere theatre as well as theatre for young audiences. She has been featured alongside Michael York, E.G. Marshall and Michael Learned in Lawrence and Lee's World Premiere of Whisper in the Mind.

Local credits include Angelika in Theatre Works production of All Through the Night, Hannah in Arizona Jewish Theatre's production of Hard Love, Isabel in the Actor's Lab production of My Children! My Africa! and Juliet in the Marin Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet.

She was featured as Flibbertigibbet in Father Christmas and The Snow Queen at Theatre Artists Studio and has also originated several roles in the Studio's Summer Shorts ten minute plays.

Lesley has both regional and national commercials to her credit as well as several independent film rolls.

Lesley holds bachelors and masters degrees in Theatre Performance and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors' Guild.


Richard Warren

Richard Warren
warren bigRichard Warren - Writer, Producer

Richard has written 11 full-length plays including "Shifting Gears" (Canyon Moon Theatre, Sedona, Arizona), "Trio with Flute" (Canyon Moon Theatre), "In the Valley of the Sun" (Canyon Moon Theatre), "How I Came to be Buffalo Bill" (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, Virginia) and "Snap" (Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona); and numerous short plays including "Together Alone," "Good Old Weezie," "Time to Get Up" and "Power Play." He has also adapted three works by the late, legendary playwright Dale Wasserman – "Burning in the Night" (Theater Works, Peoria, Arizona), "Beggar's Holiday" (Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and "Premiere!"

He is a board member of Arizona's Centennial Theatre Foundation and Phoenix Theatre, where he was Resident Playwright and Co-producer of its annual Hormel New Works Festival from 1998-2007. He is a Resident Playwright at Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix, where he has taught playwriting workshops and led its Writers' Circle. He was also chairman of the City Stage Company of Boston and a board member of Boston's Playwrights' Platform.

Richard has participated in the University of Idaho's 2008 Four Voices: Festival of New Works; Montana Rep's Missoula Colony 14, 15 and 16; Sedona's 2013 New Play Festival and Theater Works' 2013 New Works Festival among others.

He was nominated for the 2004 Arizona Governor's Arts Awards and the 2007 Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix's Arts Board Member Award, and was honored as Phoenix Theatre's 2010 Angel of the Arts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

http://www.rlwdrama.com


Kent Welborn

Kent Welborn
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Kent Welborn is thrilled to be an Artistic Member of Theatre Artists Studio. Kent has been acting in film, television and theater since the age of 14 and last appeared in the Studio's production of Light Up the Sky playing the role of Owen Turner.

A few of Kent's favorite stage credits over the past few years include All My Sons as Frank Lubey, Moon Over Buffalo as Paul, A Midsummer Night's Dream as Oberon and Richard Feynman, a character originated by Kent, in Allan Tongret's Child of the Kosmos.

He has made several appearances on film and television including playing the role of a New York City bike messenger for Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In the summer of 2010, Kent wrapped post production on his own independent short film called The Messenger, which he wrote, directed and acted in.

Kent is currently represented by Dani's Talent Agency. During the day, Kent helps professionals and business owners make intelligent financial decisions as a financial advisor (the acting job with a steady check and little rejection).


Marcia Weinberg

Marcia Weinberg
MarciaW Marcia Weinberg - Actor, Singer, Writer

Marcia Weinberg is living her long-held dream of doing musical theater. After retiring as a teacher back east, she studied musical theater performance at SCC and most recently at The Studio under the guidance of Joe Bousard. She created a popular course in musical theater history at SCC that combined lecture, weekly sing-alongs and a show presented by the class at the end of each semester. The course was also offered at the JCC and minus the performance part, at The Studio. She has written revues based on Cole Porter's music and one on Rodgers and Hart's work that were presented at SCC and the Kerr Center. Marcia has also performed her one-woman shows on Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart and 1940s Musicals around the Valley.

At The Studio she has appeared in Ladies Of Tin Pan Alley; Gershwin: In His Own Words; New Summer Shorts; Hart to Heart, for which she wrote the book, and most recently as the title character Gingy in Love, Loss and What I Wore. Musical theater is her passion and she currently writes, produces and directs a group of 24 singers called The Broadway Babies, which is in its 11th season.


Roy Edward Wilson

Roy Edward Wilson
RoyWilson2Roy Edward Wilson - Actor

Roy is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).  Roy is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast arts, where he studied television, film and journalism. 

Roy Wilson has spent years working in the information technology industry as well as the automotive industry as a sales executive for Navistar International and General Motors Corporation.  During this period Roy was asked to do a series of talks on corporate ethics and image to senior high school students in the Detroit Public School system. Roy established and ran his own entrepreneurial start-up and has appeared as principal actor in many television commercials as the on-camera face and spokesperson for a host of corporations and businesses.

Roy Wilson was born in Marion Junction, Alabama. Roy started his acting career after a successful modeling period which led to appearing in television commercials enabling him to earn his guild card.  Roy has worked for twenty years doing theater, shooting print ads, appearing in commercials and film.

Roy currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Donald T. Woodard

Donald T. Woodard
woodardDonald T. Woodard - Director, Producer, Wizard

Don caught the production bug as a young teen, shooting with a single-tube black & white camera onto ½" open reel tape. He landed his first full-time job at 16 as an afternoon drive DJ for a Top-40 radio station. While majoring in Business and Mass Communications at Grand Canyon University, Don worked for several Phoenix stations, most notably CBS affiliate KOOL.

In early 1983, Don was given the chance to team up with Bryan Fails (now a VP at Scripps Network). Bryan and Don were instrumental in building, managing, and programming the MusicChannel, the first major competitor to the MTV Network. MusicChannel broadcast live VJs playing music videos, interviews, and features 24 hours a day on a handful of o&o over-the-air TV stations and created six hours of daily programming on satellite and cable. After MusicChannel, Don continued his career shooting and directing TV projects for clients such as ABC, ESPN, MTV, and Entertainment Tonight. Over the years he has had the pleasure to work with great entertainers like Jay Leno, Phil Hartman, and Howie Mandel, and with musicians Glen Campbell, Chicago, The Eagles, Huey Lewis, and many more. More recent TV projects include directing 30 episodes of Talking Dirty With The Queen of Clean for HGTV/DIY, The Golden Karma Awards show on WGN, and the series pilot for Angels In The Neighborhood.

In 2007, Don partnered with Executive Producer Julie Lee to form DYNAMIC! Productions. The focus for the company is integrating state-of-the-art video, lighting, sound and entertainment into large scale shows for Fortune 500 companies. For Microsoft, DYNAMIC! was tapped to join the production teams to introduce and roll out Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, traveling around the world handling the live video for events from Taipei to Dubai. Don also directed the show to introduce Microsoft's biggest hardware innovation – the Surface tablet. Other corporate clients include The Rich Dad Companies, Sage Software, BeyondTrust, and John Deere.

For Theatre Artists Studio, he has designed sets and sound forThe Shadow Box and Twist of the Magi, in which he also appeared as the Announcer.



 

 

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