TK STUDIOS MASTER CLASS

I studied with Terry Knickerbocker while he was still teaching at the William Esper studio. After we finished the 2 year program back in 2013, I took some time away from the studio. In the Summer of 2015 I was lucky enough to be checking my phone when the email came in for Terry's Master Class. I fired off an email asking for a spot within seconds, and was secured a seat. At the end of the 5 week journey, he announced that would be his last class at The William Esper Studio.

Since then, I've trained at a few other places. I've also had a plethora of life and professional experiences that have shaped me into the actor that I am today. Back in May, I got wind of his Master Class at his new studio and the timing felt right for a thorough acting diagnostic. 

This 5 week experience holds a special place in my heart. It was my first time being officially welcomed in his new space. And aside from being reunited with Terry, I was reunited with several friends, and got to know some really phenomenal people from all around the world. 

TK Studios is a warm and friendly environment where the work is paramount. The staff is insanely generous and helpful. Terry is just as insightful, precise and enjoyable as always, if not more so. He gently ushers you towards realizations about yourself/your work that are crucial to achieving whatever your goals are in that class, and in life. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is serious about growing as an artist. I feel greatly indebted him, his staff, and the other actors who fearlessly approached their work. Thank you for making me feel at home again.

The Nature Room @ Signature Theatre

High in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the middle of a recently privatized park, sits a small Natural History Museum and Gift Shop decorated to look like the forest outside. From within, Lee is trying to stop the development of the land. But when she enlists the help of an old friend, Lee invites more memories into her refuge. 

Written by Nora Søren Casey, Directed by Estefanía Fadul

Featuring Jules Forsberg-Lary, Lorenzo Landini, Melvin Lima and Joanna Teris

We performed 3 shows at the Signature Theatre April 19, 20 and 21. Here are some pics below from our one and only dress rehearsal moments before the show.

Tea, Milk and Honey by Oh Pep!

Had the amazing opportunity to work on a beautiful music video for a song called Tea, Milk and Honey by Oh Pep! The video was directed by long time friend and collaborator Samantha Scaffidi. There's no official release date for this project yet, but I've seen a cut and its such an innovative and gripping piece of work. I'm so excited to share this one! 

A heartfelt congratulations to Samantha, Mitzi, SteadiStew and the rest of the super-talented hard-working crew. In the meantime, here's some fun BTS pics of me and @lilmitz_ being super professional..

SAG-AFTRA MEMBER

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I gained my SAG eligibility on a National VW spot in 2011. I never felt compelled to join because I always relied heavily on independent films to obtain my footage, and have some practice in front of the camera. Times have changed. There's new media contracts everywhere SAG Ultra-Low to Low Budget films popping up everywhere. I felt it was the right time to take the plunge. After years of bouncing back and forth I'm happy to have become part of such a wonderful organization.

The Day After - 3 Short One-Act Plays from Athena Theatre

I was lucky enough to be part of the 2nd annual Women in Theatre Festival - Athena Theatre presents The Day After: three new short plays written by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Nora Sørena Casey and Lia Romeo. The show took place at the new ART/New York Theatres on Wednesday, June 21st at 8PM. 

At the beginning of this year I made a list (with all of my irreplaceable classmates at Anthony Abeson Studio) of all the things we wanted to accomplish/work on/improve on throughout the year. Doing more theatre work was towards the top of my list. I feel fortunate to have had a few opportunities so far this year, this being one of the biggest and most rewarding. I hope to encounter more projects like this in future, or work with some of these talented folks all over again. 

Below are a few pics of our last tech rehearsal before we opened the house, and some info on Athena and the plays themselves. 

A little bit about the plays:

Shut Up and Dance by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
It’s Inauguration day. Dance for the newly anointed pussy-grabbing president? A lone Radio City Rockette says no way. Now she’s out of the spotlight, hunkering down in a beat up motel, and needing the one person she snubbed since she “made it” — her mom. 

Resistance Training by Nora Sørena Casey
Nina feels hopeless and helpless in the aftermath of the election, something Chrissy just can’t accept—because Chrissy is her personal trainer. It is time to get fit, no matter what. 

The Morning After by Lia Romeo
Kristen wakes up with a hangover and some serious regrets the morning after Trump's inauguration.

Director: Ria T. DiLullo
Production Stage Manager: Kateryna Turkalo
Assistant Stage Manager: Sophie Max

Featuring: Isabella Dawis, Briana Gantsweg, Melvin Lima and Marilyn Oran

ABOUT ATHENA THEATRE COMPANY:

Athena Theatre Company is dedicated to developing and producing
contemporary, off-beat and irreverent psychological dramas and darkcomedies that challenge traditional stereotypes. We strive for theatre that entertains, informs, enlightens, questions and deepens audience awareness to vital modern issues. We endeavor to actively and responsibly invest in new voices for the stage by nurturing writers and promoting original works; especially in regards to gender, politics, race and religion. We aim to become an important and necessary force in both our community and our country. The Athena Theatre Company has productions in both New York and Los Angeles and is a 501(c)(3) Organization.

WRAPPED - Midnight Girl (short film)

Midnight Girl - Kate is a studious high schooler who has retreated into a private world after the shame of being sexually assaulted at a party. When she meets Olivia, a "cam-girl" who exudes confidence and sexuality, Kate has an unexpected night that brings her to question what she really wants.

It was wonderful to get an opportunity to work with director Christina Yoon and her hyper-talented crew. I was instantly a fan of White Rabbit.

CiCi's Pizza National Commercial

A fun little CiCi's National Spot that I shot back in February is making it's rounds on multiple networks! It's a great feeling to have friends and family around the country reaching out because they've run into the spot. CiCi's pizza kept me nicely fed during my college years so it's nice to have them nourishing me all these years later - just in a slightly different context. 

You can see the spot on my Commercials page or my Vimeo page

The Grind now available on Amazon Prime

The Grind
Starring Victor Girone, Pascal Yen-Pfister, Samantha Opitz, Melvin Lima, Al Pagano

Very proud to announce that The Grind is streaming on Amazon Prime! Our entire team poured so much of themselves into this and made the self-less call time and time again.  With so much more to give, I hope that we can shoot the entire series soon. Feeling blessed but not without looking forward. 

WRAPPED - Emotional Intelligence (short film)

This was a special project for me for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I got to work with Alexandria Collins. She's an incredibly fierce actress and undoubtedly fearless. Watching her tackle such an immense role as an actress, while maintaining control of the production as a director was a true inspiration.

From IMDb - "'Emotional Intelligence' is a dreamworld science fiction thriller set in the "mind" of Mara, a young woman going through a traumatic experience wherein she loses and attempts to regain the ability to control her reaction in the moment."