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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.
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.
She worked as a casting assistant for 14 years for Craig Colvin, where she also taught commercial auditioning technique to children and adults.
At UCLA she also taught casting workshops to graduate students.
Lauren has been member of Theatre of NOTE for 17 years where she was the president of the board and has performed in over 25 productions. She was nominated for an LA Weekly Award for Lydia in Bed, and nominated for a Stage Scene LA award, and a Broadway World Award for her work in What May Fall. She is now the producer of the Young Writers Project.
Her work can be seen in Die Hard 2, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, a recurring on Days of Our Lives. the film How We work, Mighty Joe Young, Durango Kids.
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.
Tamara has been a part of the AMAW tribe since 2011, she found the studio serendipitously while driving down Melrose Avenue and has never turned back. AMAW has taught her that the raw act of being human is not an act at all, it just is. To BE more and DO less. She says, in regards to being a teacher, “it is an honor to be of service and give back what was given to me so freely. Now, let’s get messy!”
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.
Tyler has studied long-form improv at the UCB Theatre in NY and LA, been a member of various sketch and improv teams, and yelled at a blank wall in a Kohl’s commercial that aired on Thanksgiving during the Dallas Cowboys game, which means he’s pretty much “made it”. In addition to teaching, he has been an AMAW student since 2010, and a member of the staff since 2012.
FRANCES BRENNAND ROPER
Frances has a BA (Hons) Degree in English and Philosophy from Nottingham University and a MFA in Acting from City of London University. She has performed all over the U.K, NYC, and LA working with many theater and film companies. Having been classically trained in Opera, Frances has performed in productions of Carmina Burana at York Minster Cathedral, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and the title role of Sugar in the musical of the same name.
Her other theater credits include Love and Human Remains, at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Cast Aside at Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theater, in Scarborough, Colder than Here at the Nottingham New theatre, and recent productions of original plays at Circle X theater, The Blank, and The Hudson Guild here in Los Angeles to name a few. Frances just finished shooting the pilot Herotica, with Pete Hewitt (Bill and Ted’s Bogus adventure) as well as producing, developing and starring in the live scripted TV show, #Final60 which was accepted into the Hollyweb festival 2017 and stars many other AMAWers!
Alongside being an actor, Frances has experience in Casting, having worked with such casting directors as Emmy Award Winning CD, Ross Meyerson (Nurse Jackie, The Affair, Limitless) and Mia Cusumano – (The Leftovers, Annie, Falling Water)
Frances is also a film and television writer, and most recently wrote for the CBS show Limitless with Bradley Cooper and Jake McDorman.
Frances is very excited to be helping other artists find their way, in whatever way they need to find it!