.......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 this fall.
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.
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.
Jonathan Kehoe has been writing, acting and directing in some capacity for more than 15 years. He has a BA with honors from the University of Miami and is a graduate of the Writer's Bootcamp Professional Writers Program in Santa Monica, CA. Jonathan is an alumni of the main company at the ACME comedy theater, an accomplished standup and is currently a Master teacher/Director at Anthony Meindl's Actors Workshop where he received great acclaim for his role as Billy in Angus MacLachlan's "The Dead Eye Boy."Jonathan has been in numerous plays and on television he had a small recurring role on Ugly Betty and has appeared on shows such as Criminal Minds, Sam and Cat, Rules of Engagement and Modern Family as well as recent film roles in "How We Met," "Sunken City," and the upcoming "Wake." In recent years Jonathan's focus has been on directing. He wrote and directed the much beloved if unordered pilot, "Welcome To Hollywood... Florida" as well as the short "Pirate and Doctor" starring himself and Kyle Secor. He also directed the short film "Quitters" and roughly 20 episodes of varying awesome web-series including "The Upside of Down," "Tequila Mockingbird," and "Freeloaders."
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.
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."
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.
Nina has been a part of AMAW since 2012 and is excited to join such a wonderful group of artists and teachers. She was born and raised in Stuttgart/Germany and moved to the United States in 2003. Her US acting career started at Northern Illinois University where she received a BFA in Acting. During her program she also had a chance to study at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia for one summer. Nina spent the other summers teaching Junior and High School actors and she still enjoys returning to her second roots in Chicago. Since in LA, she has worked on shows such as ‘MAD MEN’, ‘CASTLE’, ‘CALIFORNICATION’, ‘YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ and soon will be seen on the second season of ‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’.
Barbara has been active at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop for over 7 years. Starting her acting career in Washington DC, she graduated from the University of Mary Washington with honors in theatre. Here in LA, she has been featured in multiple programs and indie films, including Anthony Meindl's feature Birds of a Feather. Barbara has executive produced, written and directed projects as well. As a co-founder of the production company The Fold, she's excited for all they have on the horizon. Everyday at AMAW she is inspired and humbled by the community created here.
Mario, originally from NYC, began his work as an actor at the age of eight which put him on many prestigious stages throughout the country. He received his BFA in Drama at the acclaimed conservatory of North Carolina School of the Arts. Following his training, Mario began teaching at numerous studios in NYC while also working on and off broadway in noted productions such as the Tony award-winning Metamorphoses, A Mother Daughter And A Gun, The Odyssey, Indoor/Outdoor, The Mysteries, The King of Mackey Street (OOB award, best actor), Bad Blood, My Andy, Falsettos, Fame, Elvis Everywhere, and the world premier of Dead Souls to name a few. A few of his TV and film credits include Brothers of KVL, Knitting is Dangerous, As The World Turns, Guiding Light, Instant Adoring Boyfriend and countless national and international commercials and print campaigns.
Intensely passionate and sincerely dedicated to teaching, or being the "actor's mirror" as he puts it, Mario uses his intuitive skills in Mind and Body to help the actor open their instrument in profoundly stimulating, exciting, and unpredictable ways .
He re-minds the actor that "Your truth is your perfection. The very thing that you consider your obstacle lives your opening."
Christina Moses has a passion for telling stories and has performed on stage in Los Angeles and New York City. Her Off Broadway credits include starring roles in two original plays, Walter, Bullets, and Binoculars and Saydee and Deelores, both premiered at the Black, Brown, High Yellow Theatre Festival at the Chelsea Playhouse in New York City. Christina's film credits include, starring opposite George Takai in the Hugo nominated Star Trek: New Voyages episode.She has guest starred in hit TV shows including, Twisted, Nikita, All My Children and A&E Biography. "Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious." Says Rumi. Christina adds, " but always with a wide open vulnerable loving heart." This, for her, is her aspiration as an artist, storyteller and teacher. She's been an active member of Anthony Meindl's Actors Workshop since 2011 where she's challenged each week to do just that.
Kevin Oestenstad is a Los Angeles-based actor with credits in film and TV including Fox Searchlight's My Name is Khan and NBC's comedy, Are You There, Chelsea. Most recently he guest-starred on the new CBS drama CSI:Cyber with Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek. Kevin sold his first screenplay with co-writer and loved friend Joe Burke in February 2013. Oestenstad, also wrote, directed, and starred in his five minute Western, MADE BED, with his father, Riedar Oestenstad, and it can be found along side other Staff Picks at vimeo.com.The Iowa native, youngest of three, and uncle of eight, has been with the studio since 2011. He is so excited to bring his improv and theater background, and most importantly, his open heart to help remind those eager to remember, the mountainous majesty that lives in a simple breath. "Be still and still moving, my friends."
Kristi Slager is heading up AMAW's movement and dancing classes.
Kristi Slager is the founder of Dance for Artists (DfA) in Los Angeles. Over the years she had worked with all kinds of artists: actors, directors, writers, singers, dancers, you name it; helping them get in touch with their physical impulses and remove the blocks obstructing their full artistic expression. Kristi has a knack for working with "non-movers," or rather people with little to no dance/movement experience, and is passionate about putting them in touch with their unique physicality and imagination. She helps artists find their own voice, while discovering the joy of expressing through movement. Kristi has worked with talented actors from such shows as Friday Night Lights, Graceland, The Originals, The Secret Life of The American Teenager, and Hawthorne among others. She has choreographed for Flashmob America, various celebrity weddings and for music videos starring emerging young artists.
Erika Ackerman is heading up AMAW's embodied voice workshops.
Erika Ackerman is a teacher, actor, and singer working in the theatre for twenty-five years. Before moving to Los Angeles, Erika was a working actor in New York. She began her training in voice and movement at the age of twelve at Shakespeare and Company and began assistant teaching at the age of 16. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has studied and become an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice voice work. She owns and operates the Movement Salon where, for the last 10 years, she has taught private voice and movement sessions to performers and non-performers. Erika offers on-set coaching.
Bill Coelius is heading up AMAW's commercial auditioning classes.
Commercial veteran Bill Coelius is the product of his experience acting in over 40 national commercials and auditioning on a weekly basis in today's market. From slate to set, Bill shares a carefully crafted game plan that will help you book and shoot that national commercial. From a reminder as basic as remembering to bring black socks to the shoot, to psychological exercises designed to help you recognize how your habitual pattens of fear-based thinking may prevent you from booking, Bill presents a myriad of skills, strategies and trade secrets that will turn your beliefs about yourself and the industry inside-out. Students book DAYS after taking the class.
Jona Xiao is a producer, working actress, and president of Career ACTivate (45+ 5-Star reviews on Yelp). Her company has helped thousands of actors, from new to Emmy-winning, create their career breakthroughs through providing insider strategies that she learned while working in casting (ABC Primetime and various independent offices), producing (from low budget to multi-million dollar projects), talent agency, directing, and as a national film festival co-founder and Executive Director.
Career ACTivate actors and coaching clients have booked studio feature films, TV shows, secured representation from the most reputable agencies in the world (WME, ICM, Paradigm, etc.), and forged relationships with the biggest decision-makers of entertainment (President of Universal, VPs of Casting, Director Sophia Coppola, etc). In the trenches herself, Jona is a working actress who has worked on several TV shows (including BONES, 2 BROKE GIRLS, RIZZOLI & ISLES), national commercials (including TD Ameritrade with Matt Damon), and the buzz-worthy film TAG with Chris Mintz-Plasse.
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Born and raised in Chicago, Katelin was hooked on acting from the first time she made an audience laugh in her fourth grade play. After graduating from U of I with a Bachelors in Biology, she moved to NYC to study acting and work as a professional actress. Eventually, she found herself in LA working in Film and TV. After studying with Anthony Meindl for several years Katelin was tapped to be an instructor at his flagship studio in LA. A cornerstone of her teaching is helping students understand that everything they need to be incredible actors is already inside them. Rather than chasing after the fulfillment of a scene, or expressing a preconceived idea of how things should be, Katelin teaches her students how to live in the moment and let go.
Jordan is an actor, a writer and a teacher. He worked professionally for six years as an actor in Chicago, directed by American theatre influents such as Jon Jory, Michael Halberstam and Dexter Dullard. He has worked with Writers' Theatre, Steppenwolf and the National Theatre of the Deaf. His film credits include: Life Amended, That Night and web series Discovered. Jordan has taught theatre and movement at art high schools all across the country. He taught performance poetry and writing for at-risk youth in Chicago. He also does some slam poetry from time to time. Jordan loves being part of the AMAW family! He has his BFA from the theatre conservatory at DePaul University.