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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.
Lindsay has been a Master Teacher at LA’s hottest acting school, Anthony Meindl’s Actors Workshop for over a decade. Her students have appeared in countless TV shows and films including Awkward, Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, NCIS, The Mindy Project, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, Days of our Lives and more. As an actress she appeared in shows such as Days of Our Lives, Young & the Restless, Numbers and Important Things with Demitri Martin. She also starred in Birds of a Feather, now available on iTunes and Amazon and The Record Keeper which has received acclaim in screenings and festivals worldwide. She thinks actors rock and enjoys supporting their brilliance in any way she can. Follow her YouTube channel HERE
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.”
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”.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
She authored GET REPPED! Overcome the 4 Most Common Mistakes Actors Make When Seeking Representation. For a limited time, you can DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY HERE.
Amy has trained performers and professionals all over the world to expand into their optimal expression. Teaching credits include pop star Austin Mahone’s vocal and performance coach for his first 16 months launching into superstardom; coaching (a British pop star) to emulate a historical figure for a feature film; first vocal/performance coach launching pop star Jacob Whitesides, and countless actors and professionals around the world. AmyWalkerOnline
Upon his return to The States he toured with The National Theatre for Children and co-founded the theatre company, The Mechanical Division. Todd moved to LA in 2007, and a year later he joined AMAW, where he has been studying ever since.
He began his teaching career coaching accents and accent reduction, which has since become his successful business Actors Accents. He is excited and humbled every day to be part of the amazing family he has found at AMAW.
He is a two year Meisner graduate and in 2012, finally found his home at AMAW. He began teaching at the Studio shortly after hanging up his hat as a private therapist for children and adults with special needs following a 4 year stint. Eric has continually worked professionally as an actor in features, shorts, theatre and commercials for many years. He also continues his work in photography with actors, families, on personal projects and sometimes, National Geographic. Eric believes that storytelling and moving an audience is the privilege and responsibility of the artist. When done with fearlessness and truth, we as artists can affect change in this world. Eric uses all of his experiences as an artist and human to help guide his students to finding their truest selves. He is honored to be teaching at AMAW.