.......THEN said the teacher, Speak to us of teaching.
And he said: No man can reveal to you aught but that which
already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
- Kahlil Gibran -
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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor whose first feature screenplay, THE WONDER GIRLS, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007. Prior to this accomplishment, Meindl was responsible for the production of an array of award-winning projects. His background in acting, training, and performance has afforded him the opportunity to create what has become a thriving artist community in Los Angeles. THE WONDER GIRLS was also a semifinalist in the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and was listed in the top 10% of all screenplays entered in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in 2007. The film is slated for production in the fall of 2010 in Berlin.
Meindl recently produced and directed a short film based on the award-winning English play, TOP GIRLS, and also produced, wrote, and directed his second 35-mm short film, READY? OK!, which was chosen as a Top-20 Finalist in the Planet Out Short Film Awards in conjunction with the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. The film was also a finalist for the "Best of the Fest" for the Indianapolis Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and has played at a dozen International film festivals including the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival. The film was sold to MTV's LOGO Network as part of their "Click List: Best in Short Film Series" and is on DVD as part of the series FIRST OUT 3.
Meindl wrote/directed/produced a new TV pilot called BIRDS OF A FEATHER with actors at the studio. It has been nominated as "BEST PILOT" at the 2010 Banff World Television Festival.
In just one season of producing and directing plays (2003/2004), his first three productions - SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS (Best Comedic Direction Nomination by LA Weekly), DOGS BARKING (Best Direction Nomination by LA Weekly), and THE DEAD-EYE BOY (based upon the play by JUNEBUG scribe Angus MacLachlan and named one of the Top 10 Productions in Los Angeles Theatre in 2003) - all earned unanimous critical praise, playing to sold-out audiences across Los Angeles. The casts of the three plays - who trained under Mr. Meindl's program - were also nominated as Best Dramatic Ensemble and Best Comedic Ensemble by the LA Weekly.
Mr. Meindl closed the theatre company in 2005 to focus on his innumerable TV/Film projects. He is finishing his first book on the creative process and his revolutionary approach to teaching actors.
Lindsay is a native of California who began acting in 1994. She has been a member of Anthony Meindl’s Actors Workshop since 2002 and has instructed as a Head Teacher since 2004. She has co-starred in hit TV shows including “Days of Our Lives”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Numbers” and “Important Things with Demetri Martin.” Her film credits include “I’m Through with White Girls” which aired in 2009 on Showtime. She has performed in regional theatre as well as in Europe and starred in the critically acclaimed West Coast premiere of THE DEAD EYE BOY directed by Anthony Meindl; Backstage West called her performance “brilliant” and the L.A. Times cited her as brandishing "visceral passion". Fluent in Spanish and a lover of languages, she also works as a dialect coach. Additionally, she runs a theatre program for children and Creative Energy workshops for all ages. Lindsay has her MFA from UC San Diego.
As a member of Anthony Meindl’s Actor’s Workshop since 2003, Jonathan was privileged to play the role of Billy in the Company's second main stage production THE DEAD-EYE BOY. Critics throughout L.A. including Daily Variety -- who called him “an astonishing actor” -- hailed his performance. This experience cemented Jonathan's home in the company as well as his joy in working creatively with Anthony.
Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English both from the University of Miami at Coral Gables. He is also a graduate of the Writer's Boot Camp Professional Writers Program in Santa Monica, California.
Jonathan has been a member of the Main Company at the ACME Comedy Theatre since 1998 and in 2001 was called a "brilliant comedic conductor" by the L.A. Weekly. He has studied many different styles of acting with many different types of teachers throughout the country but has truly found his kindred spirits in the souls who inhabit Anthony Meindl’s Actors Workshop.
Jonathan has been directing theater and writing regularly since 1992. Lately he has been directing plays and showcases here at Anthony Meindl’s Actor’s Workshop as well as appearing on such shows as Ugly Betty, Boston Legal and Criminal Minds.
From founder to teacher to student the people who surround him constantly inspire him and he is both honored and humbled to be able to share his passions with others.
“I believe it is the best time in history to be an actor. We now know that the same skills and traits required to be a great artist: empathy, passion, presence, vulnerability, openness, commitment and honesty happen to be the exact same things one needs to lead a joyful, fulfilling and truthful life.”
Sean has been a student and an active participant in Anthony Meindl’s Actor's Workshop for more than five years. He is humbled and grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of this amazing group of artists. Always gaining much inspiration from fellow students and teachers. He has had the luck to work on several student-produced projects since coming to the Meta Theatre. Coming from a background in dance and musical theatre, with a BFA in Composite Dance from BYU, he has had the opportunity over the years to perform in numerous regional theatre productions. As a dancer he had the chance to tour extensively throughout the world. Sean looks forward to many more years of growth and opportunity that come along with the community that is found at the Actor’s Workshop.
Emily has done five Broadway Shows and three National tours, including A Chorus Line, Chicago and The Producer's. TV/Film credits include Gossip Girl, All My Children and four indie features. Her formative training was at the Royal Shakespeare Co (London) and a BFA from FSU. She is also a certified teacher of Vedic Meditation. Emily's contagious enthusiasm embodies the studio’s new approach to acting which is rethinking “the Method” and making acting fun, easy and freeing once more.
Emily teaches meditation at AMAW! Follow her at ZIVA MEDITATION.
Award winning actor and director, Cherry Norris wrote, directed and produced the internationally acclaimed feature film, “Duty Dating” about a woman, who on the advice of a love doctor does all the right things to marry the wrong man. Cherry also directed and produced the film short, “There is No April” an audience choice winner at the New York Film Festival.
A theatre major from the University of Tennessee, Cherry began her career at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Cherry has played numerous roles on stage and film. She’s thrilled and inspired to be teaching actors at Anthony Meindl’s Studio!“Acting is like dating. You have to be present, listen and respond, know your role and Be who you really are to have an authentic emotional connection for an audience or with another person.” When she’s not teaching actors how to star on stage and screen, Cherry teaches smart, savvy, single women how to meet and marry their men.
For free dating tips, visit her at cherrynorris.com
Brent Harvey is an award winning Marine Corp Veteran Combat Photographer who originates from Indianapolis, IN. Following his honorable discharge , he moved to Los Angeles and began working as an actor and director and has received notoriety for his work in front as well as behind the camera. As an actor Brent is constantly working on stepping into the truth of the moment - the moments that make life and storytelling interesting.
Brent continues to work as an actor, director and writer. Since joining AMAW, Brent continues to perfect his talent as an actor by utilizing the basic techniques the studio is built upon and as a teacher is focused on guiding other actors to step into their power and grow as individual artists with those same techniques. "Everything you want is on the other side of fear."
Jona is heading up AMAW's Business of Acting program. There are one night workshops as well as two different 3-week intensives. She is a producer, success coach, instructor, and founder of Career ACTivate. Her 360 degree perspective of the entertainment industry comes from her experiences in casting, producing, talent agency, directing, acting, entrepreneurship, and as a national film festival co-founder and Executive Director. She earned her joint degree in Business and Cinematic Arts and Theater minor from the University of Southern California.
As a certified NLP Practitioner & Success Coach, she uses transformational tools to helps clients realign their beliefs and strategies to achieve any goal. Her previous students and clients have worked with actors such as Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Al Pacino, etc.
Victor, a transplant from London went to NYC to study with Maggie Flanigan in 1995. Victor’s selected theatre credits include the critically acclaimed productions of Leaves of Glass (Off-Broadway), A New Television Arrives – Finally, Dirty Works (NYC and The Edinburgh Theater Festival), The Pitchfork Disney, Some Voices, The Countess (Off-Broadway).
He was also the founding member of Stiff Upper Lip, a British theatre company in NYC. In addition to his work as an actor he has worked extensively in voice over as well as having been a dramaturge and producer works for theatre. He was a member of the faculty at The Maggie Flanigan Studio where amongst other responsibilities he taught a cold reading class as well as a film and television class. Victor has also been a substitute teacher for Rutgers University Mason Gross of the Arts 1st year class. He has a stable of actors that he has coached for film and theatre.
Isidora has been part of the AMAW family since 2008. Prior to joining Anthony's master class she studied at Stella Adler conservatory and majored in theater at Cal State Long Beach. Her recent work includes 2 Broke Girls, Ben and Kate and recurring on Shameless on SHOWTIME.