Carole Dibo is the founder and director of The Actor’s Training Center, a school for young actors in Chicago’s north suburbs. A professional actress for over 25 years, Carole has worked with teen actors for more than a decade. She also teaches in Los Angeles with Casting Director Deborah Dion (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice and Wonderland) and has taught on-camera classes at Northwestern University. Since its foundation in 2006, The Actor’s Training Center has earned a national reputation for its direct and professional approach to training young talent. Top-notch Chicago houses like Steppenwolf and Chicago Shakespeare as well as casting offices in New York and Los Angeles often seek Carole’s expertise when casting teen roles, and many of her students have gone on to work in film, television, regional and Broadway theaters.
Philip Markle is the Associate Director and Outreach Director of the Actors Training Center. Since graduating from Northwestern University in 2008, he has worked professionally as an actor, director, improviser, and teacher in Chicago. He is a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys and performs regularly in their critically acclaimed show That's Weird, Grandma! He is a member of various improv groups in Chicago, and has performed at theaters such as Second City, iO, The Annoyance, and in both the Chicago and San Francisco Improv Festivals. He created his own original musical improv show - Happy Karaoke Fun Time - which was featured live on the air on WCIU's You And Me This Morning. Nothing brings him as much joy as working with young actors. He recently returned to ATC from a four-month hiatus, performing with Second City Theatricals on the high-seas in the Carribbean. He recently wrote and performed in a one-man show entitled Sparkle Hour! which debuted at the Annoyance Theatre on Nov. 18, 2012.
Janet Louer is the Musical Theater Director of the Actors Training Center and Artistic Director of The ATC Repertory Company. Janet was a Casting Associate for BCI in New York City for Film and Television and worked at TNI in New York City in Casting Broadway Shows such as Elizabeth Taylor’s Little Foxes, Jerome Robbins revival of West Side Story, Sandy Duncan’s Peter Pan. Janet was a Film and Broadway agent for Harrise Davidson’s and Associates where she helped launch the careers of Jamie Denton (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) Steve Carell (THE OFFICE) Tom Amandus (Everwood) Paul Adelstein (THE PRACTICE) Ratchel Dratch (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) Paula Newsome, Kevin Anderson (Sleeping w/the Enemy), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), and Kara Zediker. Janet was Heather Headley's Manager from Ragtime through Ms. Headley’s winning a Tony for Outstanding Lead Actress in a musical for her role in AIDA. She still works with Ms. Headley on a consulting basis.
Ryan Kitley has worked in Chicago and Los Angeles for nearly 20 years as an actor, an improviser, a director, and an acting teacher. He is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA with his MFA in acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University. Film and television credits include Boss, Detroit 1-8-7, Turks, Early Edition, Miss March, Soul Survivors, Barbershop II, Awaken Me, San Gabriel, Dream Slashers, Laqueus, The Heart of the Matter, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, in addition to many commercials and industrials. Ryan works as a voice-over artist and has voiced nearly 20 characters for the Lucas Arts video game The Old Republic. Theatre credits include major roles at Drury Lane Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Provision Theatre, The Matrix Theater, Colony Theater, The Organic Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Piven Theatre Workshop, Theatre at the Center, Meadow Brook Theatre, Journeymen, Free Associates, and Talisman Theatre He received two Jeff Citation nominations for his role as Nick in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Austin in The Big Funk. As an improviser Ryan has studied and performed at IO, The Second City Training Center, The Piven Theater Workshop, and The Westside Eclectic. He is the published author of his new book Acting with Integrity. Ryan is currently a faculty member at both the Actors Training Center in Wilmette and DePaul University. During his career Ryan has taught for countless acting schools and programs in Chicago and LA. He was born and raised on the Jersey Shore - exit 109. Ryan and his wife Kelley have three kids, Connor, Maggie, and Murphy who always seem to make life a little bit more interesting!
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Katherine Condit-Ladd is a professional actor, director and teacher. She has appeared on Broadway, in National Tours and at such local theatres as Goodman, Marriott and Organic. Katherine was also co-founder/Artistic Director of Cobalt Ensemble Theatre in Chicago which had a successful Jeff nominated 5 year run. Directing credits include: Cowboy Versus Samara - Silk Road, Feeding the Moonfish - Artistic Home, and three Chicago Premiers produced by C.E.T.; The Architect, Dream of a Common Language, and Waiting for Phillip Glass. Katherine also taught drama and directed at Lake Forest Country Day for four years and now continues to teach privately.
Doug McDade's professional acting career spans 30 years and over 60 stage credits, as well as work in radio, television, film and commercials. He is an original ensemble member of Chicago's critically acclaimed Shattered Globe Theatre Company and currently serves as President and Managing Artistic Director of The Gurnee Theatre Company, which he co-founded in 2001. Doug received a JEFF Award (non-equity wing) for Supppoting Actor, five for Ensemble, and several nominations. He's performed with many Chicago theatres including American Theatre Company, Bailiwick, Chicago Dramatists, Light Opera Work
An area native, Jess Jones has enjoyed discovering and encouraging raw talent ever since placing her first series winner on a network show. Her education led her to study at the School of Theatre at Illinois State University as an acting and theatre major, graduate from the improv conservatory at the Second City Training Center in Chicago, assist in producing multiple years of the Chicago Improv Festival, and train in casting under the direction of David O'Connor of O'Connor Casting. She has freelanced in Chicago as a casting assistant with that office, as well with Claire Simon Casting, PR Casting (formerly Tenner Paskal Rudnicke Casting), and MysticArt Pictures (Burbank, California). Jess ultimately currently works as a talent agent (focusing in television, theatre, and film). She has helped place actors in feature films Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney), Paranormal Activity 2 & 3 (Paramount), Seven Psychopaths (CBS Films), Another Happy Day (Phase 4 Films). Television shows include Boss (Starz), The Playboy Club (NBC), Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC), Mike & Molly (CBS), Chicago Code (FOX), Shameless (Showtime), Civil War 3D (Discovery Channel), Underemployed (MTV), Reed Between the Lines (BET), The Beast (A&E), ER (NBC), Top Design (Bravo). Recent stage bookings include Chinglish (Broadway Cast), as well numerous equity productions on such stages as The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theatre. The greatest joy that has come to Jess in her career is being able to give the talent the call to tell them they booked the job, which comes just second to looking at a talent and knowing they have it in them to do great things in their career.
Kirsten Fitzgerald is a proud Ensemble Member and the current Artistic Director at A Red Orchid Theatre. Kirsten first came to play at A Red Orchid Theatre in The Removalists and it was clear she had found her artistic family. She has since been seen at home in Abigail’s Party, Pumpgirl and Mr. Bundy (all of which earned her Jeff Award Nominations), Four Murders, Weapon of Mass Impact, The New Electric Ballroom and The Sea Horse (for which she was honored with a 2006 Jeff Award). Kirsten recieved an After Dark award for her performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Circle Theatre and was honored to understudy Cherry Jones in the same role at The Goodman. Kirsten has performed with The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, Apple Tree, Next, Goodman, Shattered Globe, Remy Bumppo, Plasticene, Prop, National Pastime, the much missed Defiant Theatre and more. She has been seen on the television show, ER and recently got to play a really rude customer in an MTV pilot. An MFA graduate of the University of Iowa and a BA graduate of the University of Kansas, Kirsten also teaches acting at Columbia College. For many years Kirsten managed the Thresholds Theatre Arts Project, a project committed to providing individuals struggling with mental illness the opportunity to share their storieson stage and to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by educating our communities. Now she just loves to see the shows!
Tim Soszko has a Bachelor's degree in Directing and he minored in Being Awesome. He has been studying improvisation, sketch comedy, and acting for 15 years. Tim has been to many Wilmette Theater productions and actually performed with a couple different theater companies there. He is very excited to teach a weekly class for ATC! He also teaches with Second City, Barrel Of Monkeys, Emerald City Theatre Co., Elmhurst Children's Theatre, and Columbia College to name a few. Tim writes and performs with The Cupid Players, Bri-Ko, The Deltones, and The Tim and Micah Project. He is also a voice over artist (www.timsoszko.com) and a producer for The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. He loves his wife and his books.
Stephanie Chavara is an actor, writer, and teaching artist. In Chicago, she has worked at Remy Bumppo, Adventure Stage, Dog + Pony, Signal Ensemble, Strawdog, and TimeLine. She has written for Salonathon, Lifeline Theatre, Tonight It's Live, and 2nd Story which which she is a company member. In addition to ATC, she also teaches with Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Adventure Stage, and Global Explorer Kids. She studied movement and theatre in Bulgaria at the Rhodopi International Theatre Collective, at NYU, and has her MFA from DePaul.
Harmony France was the founding Artistic Director of Blue Moon Studio Theater and is now the Casting Director at Bailiwick Chicago. She studied Opera at Brenau University and Acting at Columbia College. Harmony has worked with Bailiwick Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, Blue Moon Studio Theater, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, City Lit Theatre, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Light Opera Works, The New Colony, Paramount Theatre, Peninsula Players, Porchlight Music Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Quest Theatre Ensemble, Route 66 Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Theatre at the Center, and Victory Gardens. Harmony has also performed as a cabaret singer at Davenport's Piano Bar, 3160, Gentry on Halsted, and Mary's Attic. Her favorite roles include Violet in Violet: A Musical (Jeff Nomination, Broadway World Award: Best Actress in Non-Equity Musical), Zandra in the American Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera. (Jeff Award: Best Musical Production, After Dark Award: Best Ensemble), Emma in Tell me on a Sunday. (Chicago Tribune: Hottest Ticket in Town), and Jane in Sweet and Sad. (Chicago Tribune: Hottest Ticket in Town). www.harmonyfrance.com
Lindsey Noel Whiting is an actor, educator and acrobat with ten years of professional experience. Locally, she has performed with Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens, Redmoon Theatre, and the Actors Gymnasium. Her regional theatre experience includes Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage and the Alliance Theatre. Lindsey received her acrobatic training though the Actors Gymnasium and has collaborated on several of their circus productions. She is a company member of Barrel of Monkeys and performs the the circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza. She is also a proud member of Actors Equity Association. She is delighted to bring her passion for physical, ensemble driven theatre to ATC.
Rachel Wilson has been teaching theater and writing for more than ten years, creating original curricula for programs with After-School Matters, Pegasus Players, Moraine Valley Community College, and STAR Education in Los Angeles, where she served as Co-Director of the Literacy Department. She is a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys where she serves as a lead teacher, adapts students' writing for the stage, and regularly performs in the long-running hit, That's Weird, Grandma! As a performer, she has also worked with the Neo-Futurists, Pegasus Players, Northlight, and the Lecoq-based movement theater Sprung, among others. Her theatrical loves include physical theater, adaptation, and devising new works with an ensemble. Rachel holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she graduated from Northwestern summa cum laude with Departmental Excellence in Theater.
Robert Schleifer is a Chicago actor, a teacher, and a photographer. Deaf since birth. Robert has developed an innovative series of classes geared to teaching actors and singers the art of physical expression and character development with no voice He has the privilege of teaching his classes and workshops all over the world. He has also taught acting internationally including the renowned Opera Programs in Austria and Italy. Mr. Schleifer is proud to be member of Actors‘ Equity Association. Most recent appearance as John Singer in The HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER ( Steppenwolf Theatre). Mr. Schleifer has appeared nationwide in many prominent theatre productions, including the Broadway National Tour of the Deaf West- co production of BIG RIVER. His Chicago credits include seven seasons with the famed Goodman Theatre as Mr. Adams and Ghost of Christmas Past in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Robert’s performance as Ariel in THE TEMPEST ( Milwaukee Shakespeare Company), Hamlet in HAMELT DREAMS and the Stage Manager in OUR TOWN ( Bailiwick Rep.). Robert was received with great acclaim and honored with the After Dark Outstanding Performance Awards for the role of Dr. Dysart in EQUUS, Stinger in POLICE DEAF NEAR FAR and Holy Ghost in the Jeff Award-winning musical POPE JOAN. Robert was educated at R.I.T and University of Rochester, NY. His website is www.ActZone.org
David Singer is a filmmaker, writer and composer based in Chicago. His new film ADVANTAGE: WEINBERG is currently touring the festival circuit, screening as part of the LA Comedy Festival (nominated for Best of Fest and Best Director), Starz Denver Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and many others. As a composer, David's credits include AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Winner of 5 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize) and Steppenwolf's production of THREE SISTERS, for which he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award.
Dana Dardai has performed with Chicago theater companies such as, the Neo-Futurists, Filament Theater, Stockyards Theater Project, New Leaf Theatre, and New Millennium. She has been an instructor at Rosetta Stone, Barrel of Monkeys, Metropolis School of Performing Arts, Beverly Arts Center and she is a teaching collaborator with the Striding Lion Performance Group. She co-composed and performed on Striding Lion’s album, “Birdsongs”, has composed music for the Neo-Futurists, and directed music for the clown troupe Eleffant Foot. Dana studied violin, voice, viola, guitar and received a B.A. of Music Therapy at the University of Evansville. She studied clown with 500 Clown and movement at Joel Hall and the Salt Creek Ballet.
Eric Woodall's Broadway/Tours Casting Credits include: Broadway/tours: Promises, Promises, A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, The Country Girl, Rock N’Roll (US casting), The Farnsworth Invention,Young Frankenstein, Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Pirate Queen, Les Misérables, The History Boys (US Casting), Spamalot, Jersey Boys, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Producers, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Good Vibrations, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma!, Happiness, Flower Drum Song, Imaginary Friends, Metamorphoses, Frogs, Contact, Thou Shalt Not, Man of No Importance. Yale Rep.
Deborah Dion, Los Angeles Casting Director, has worked with directors Tim Burton (American kid casting for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and additional casting on "Alice in Wonderland"), PJ Hogan (Peter Pan, Unconditional Love), Lasse Hallstrom (Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News, An Unfinished Life), John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender, The Happening, Lady in the Water) among others. She has devised an efficient and focused three day seminar for the actor ready to take their on-camera audition and acting skills to a new level.
Geoffrey Soffer is a New York based talent executive and partner at Soffer/Namoff Entertainment, a talent management & production company. He recently produced the feature comedy, He's Way More Famous Than You, directed by Michael Urie, which will be released next year. As a casting director, Geoffrey cast the acclaimed TV series "Ugly Betty" and the short-lived CW drama "The Beautiful Life" produced by Ashton Kutcher. His work as casting director at ABC Entertainment Television Group, includes the original pilots of "Army Wives", "Miss/Guided" produced by Ashton Kutcher, "Ugly Betty", "Dirty Sexy Money", "The Deep End", and "Legend of the Seeker" produced by Sam Raimi. He began his career in the casting department of the Tony Award winning Roundabout Theater Company, though has been working in the entertainment industry since the age of 11, when he appeared in the Broadway tour of Les Miserables. He is a guest lecturer at Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting program and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Geoffrey is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Twitter: @GeoffreySoffer
Jennifer Rudnicke and Mickie Paskal have been casting directors in Chicago for the past 15 years. They have cast for hundreds of commercial clients both regionally and nationally. Recent film credits include the upcoming Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale and the recently released Express starring Dennis Quaid. Other credits include Road to Peridition, Fargo, What Women Want, Amityville Horror and Stranger Than Fiction. They have worked with film directors such as Michael Mann, Robert Altman, The Coen Brothers, Sam Mendes, Marc Forster and Harold Ramis.
Adam Belcuore is an original founding member of Serendipity Theatre Company and currently serves as Director of Artistic Development. In 2003 he was honored by receiving the first SDCF Mike Ockrent Fellowship, through which he assisted Harold Prince on Steven Sondheim and John Weidman's new musical Bounce. He had previously assisted Mr. Prince on Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton's Hollywood Arms. He also served as assistant director to Kate Whoriskey on the Goodman's production of Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow and to Ross Shirley on Serendipity's production of The Day Maggie Blew Off Her Head. He is the executive producer of Serendipity's 2nd Story, a series devoted to the art of wine, music and storytelling. Other directing credits include: Delores Dogan, by Courtney Shaughnessy; Go!, by Jonathan Jacobs and the world premiere of Alcatraz, by Al Letizia. As a casting director, Adam has worked with Lookingglass, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theater, and The Goodman Theatre, where he currently casts full time.
Erica Daniels has been the Casting Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 2001 where she cast the original production of AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY (also for Broadway, The National Theatre of London and Sydney Theatre Company) and the Broadway production of SUPERIOR DONUTS. Prior to this, Erica worked as an agent for Geddes, Arlene Wilson and Shirley Hamilton, and spent a year as The Theatre Department Coordinator at William Morris in New York. Working under George Lane, she worked with such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Richard Greenberg, and Edward Albee and directors such as Michael Mayer, Robert Falls and Daniel Sullivan. Erica began her career as a casting assistant at Jane Brody Casting. She has freelanced with various Chicago companies including Lookingglass, Collaboraction, About Face and Profiles. Erica teaches acting techniques for adults and teens at Acting Studio Chicago and has given lectures on "The Business of Theatre" and "Audition Techniques" at colleges and universities around the country, including Northwestern University, Brown University, DePaul University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Ashland University in Ohio, Columbia College, University of Illinois Chicago, and The Chicago College for the Performing Arts. She is on adjunct faculty at both UIC and Ball State University.
Erica holds a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern.
Bob Mason has been casting director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater since 2000, where his classical credits cover more than two-thirds of Shakespeare’s canon, including numerous productions with Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Other CST productions of note include a quartet of Stephen Sondheim musicals (Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and Passion) directed by Gary Griffin, as well as Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 (director Edward Hall) and The Molière Comedies (director Brian Bedford). Additional Chicago casting credits include: the Sondheim/Hal Prince premiere of Bounce (Goodman Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and productions for Northlight Theatre, Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project and the Chicago mounting of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Prior to casting, Bob enjoyed a 15-year career as a Jeff Award-winning Chicago actor and singer, and has been a visiting educator for the School at Steppenwolf and Northwestern University.
Brooke Shoemaker joined Gray Talent Group from Claire Simon Casting, where she had worked as a freelance casting assistant, handling street casting and assisting with on-camera auditions. As an agent at Gray Talent Group, she has recently booked actors on various theatre projects - including the Broadway shows Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, Jerusalem, and Rock of Ages. Television projects include placing actors in starring and recurring roles roles on series Shameless (Showtime), Level Up (Cartoon Network), Boss (Starz), and film projects such as Conviction, Flipped, Trust, 30 Min or Less, Contagion, and Reel Steel. She is a graduate of the Columbia College acting program and has a minor in Entertainment Business with a focus on talent management. Previous to her work in casting, Brooke worked as a costumer and freelance makeup artist in Chicago. Brooke is also a part-time faculty member at Columbia College in the AEMM department where she teaches aspiring talent managers and agents. Brooke feels very blessed everyday to be able to do what she loves and to work with the most talented and wonderful actors in Chicago.
Matthew Miller is a Chicago based director and teacher. As an associate casting director with Tenner Paskal & Rudnicke Casting, Matt’s film credits include the Chicago casting for THE WEATHERMAN, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE ICE HARVEST, STRANGER THAN FICTION, LET’S GO TO PRISON!, THE BREAKUP,THE PROMOTION, THE EXPRESS, and PUBLIC ENEMIES. He has been privileged to work with directors like Marc Forster, Michael Mann, Harold Ramis, Gore Verbinski,Bob Odenkirk, Peyton Reed, and Michael Keaton. Matt is also very active in the Chicago theatre community. Matt is also a proud twelve-year company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a group that provides creative writing workshops for Chicago Public Elementary Schools that lack arts funding. As a stage director, Matt’s recent credits include the Jeff recommended revival of THE WEIR for Seanachai Theatre Company, the staged reading of 4000 MILES for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory, Serendipity’s Chicago and L.A. productions of GIRL,20 (Best Director and Best Ensemble nominations LA Weekly 2008 Theatre Awards) and the world premiere of GRACELAND for Profiles Theatre (Top 10 Plays of the Year 2009, Chicago Tribune).
Mitchell Gossett is one of the most respected talent agents in the Industry. Currently Senior Vice President at CESD Talent, throughout his career he has worked for agencies that have represented some of the biggest names in show business, including actors, filmmakers, and screenwriters. Collectively, these agencies have handled many of today’s most acclaimed artists, several of whom have won or been nominated for Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and SAG Awards.
Mitchell currently represents some of the most successful rising stars working in the film and television industries. As a manager and agent, Mitchell has represented and developed many noteworthy actors including Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Taylor Lautner (Twilight series), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Winter’s Bone), Darren Criss (Glee), Katherine McPhee (Smash), Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), pop star Demi Lovato (Camp Rock, Sonny With A Chance), pop star Jesse McCartney, Victoria Justice (Victorious), Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana), Chelsea Kane (Jonas, Dancing With the Stars), Lucas Cruikshank (The Fred Series), Jason Earles (Hannah Montana, Disney’s Kickin’ It), Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place), Tiffany Thornton (Sonny With A Chance, So Random!), Amara Miller (The Descendants), Cole Jenson (Crash and Bernstein for Disney XD) and Katherine McNamara (WHO MET MITCHELL IN A WORKSHOP HE TAUGHT AT ATC THE ONE PRIOR TIME HE ATTENDED)
Mitchell has just returned to CESD Talent Agency as the Senior Vice President of Talent/Motion Picture/Television, where he has directed the agency’s Los Angeles and New York operations for motion pictures, television, theatre, commercials, voice over, and print/fashion. During his tenure at CESD, Mitchell has built a renowned scouting operation for young talent.
Prior to CESD, Mitchell was an agent with the top-tiered United Talent Agency, and also owned and operated Gossett Entertainment Management, where he produced films and theatre and managed actors with strong theatrical backgrounds for leading film and television opportunities.
Mitchell received his BFA studying theater and acting at New York University (NYU) and holds a Master’s Degree in Acting from Cornell University, he also studied acting with The National Theatre of Great Britain. Mitchell is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Los Angeles based theatre company Bottom’s Dream, an organization committed to premiering innovative American writers. Mitchell has also been honored with a Backstage West Garland Award for Performance.
Variety, the prestigious trade paper for the entertainment industry, wrote the following about Mitchell: “His agenting method draws from his previous careers as actor, director, and talent manager. Thus, his clients get a hands-on rep who speaks their language, understands their struggle, and can offer credible advice on how to improve their work. Gossett believes part of his role is to show [his clients] their value beyond commerce."
"I wanted to tell you from the minute the first e-mail's went out thru the show case, Kevin has been hard at work and loving every moment of it.He so enjoyed the whole class and all that it offered,every speaker, every subject, every challenge and of course the bonding and the comfortable surroundings that he has been part of in the past two weeks. I watched him grow up. What a great way to end the summer and start the school year,every day he came home and said Thank-you for letting me take this course,I am so happy that I was able to give him that privledge."
"I just wanted to say thank you once again for a fabulous year at ATC. Between both my daughters, we have experienced many acting classes for kids in Chicago, and you were were far superior. The enthusiasm and creative energy you bring to class creates an incredible experience for all the kids. They learned a lot, but more importantly felt comfortable and enjoyed themselves. I have been recommending you to everyone I know with kids who enjoy acting."
"This class taught me how to act without pretending and to make everything feel real."
"As I drove Megan from Western Springs up to Wilmette this morning, I was reminded just how fortunate I am to have found ATC and you. We have been to other high quality programs around the city but yours is heads and tails above any other I've ever seen. Not only has Megan grown so much in just one short year under your guidance, she also LOVES everything about ATC - the kids, the teachers, the shows. She would love to come here from 8 -5, seven days a week if given the choice. She was selected for her first commercial this past week which ATC played a significant role in preparing her to be her best."
"We are planning to call ATC home for many years to come. Who knows, you might be the reason for us to move north someday to be closer."
"ATC has really helped me grow, not only as an actress, but as a person."
"Any show, class, or theatrical experience I've had can't compare to what I've learned at ATC. It has made me think about theatre in a whole new way.
"I would recommend ATC classes because they really stretch your abilities. I've improved so much!"
"Your enthusiasm and positive encouragement is always felt and empowering for the kids. We are so blessed to have such professionals in our backyard as a training ground for these young actors. Thank you for all you do for their enrichment and enable them to reach for their goals. Connor is so lucky to have such fabulous coaches and mentors."
"ATC is great for beginners and for people who have lots of experience."
"Philip is so fun, fantastic, supportive and energetic. He breeds a fabulous environment, and is absolutely wonderful as a teacher."
"Philip and Jess, I can't begin to thank you for giving Carly the opportunity to learn from you. After watching Philip's class on the last day (I wasn't able to make the camera final) I learned the craft is only part of the equation. There are so many life skills to be learned from your training that will enhance the whole child. She can't wait to take classes in Winter!"
"I have grown immensely since the beginning of this class - it was the best acting class - EVER!"
"I've done lots of acting classes before, but Katherine helped me build my real emotions."
"I have done these types of classes before, but this one was way over my expectations. It was fantastic!" -- Lily Piekos, ATC Student
"I wish I could go back in time and take the class all over again."
"My husband and I both could not get over the professionalism and poise of these young performers. We also wanted to thank you for offering this tremendous program. You have done wonders with the Wilmette Theatre. What a gift to this community. It was such a treat for my daughter to be able to learn from you. She can't wait to enroll in the next program!" -- Diane Flanga, Parent
"I love taking poems and making them into plays because it is fun, and I like being a team. I like Philip Markle because he makes acting sparkle!" -- Lucy Hauser, ATC Student
"I want to thank you for the fabulous experience Cami has had with ATC! She loved working with Janet and more recently, with Doug. She feels that the classes at ATC are teaching her so much. We are just thrilled to be on board with your programs." -- Carrie Codell, Parent
"Doug McDade is one of the finest actors, director and instructor I have ever worked with. He has the ability to relate to actors of all ages and help them deliver a powerful performance from the back of the stage to the back of the house!" -- Rich Baker
Two-Time JEFF Award-Winning Veteran Actor
"I have never encountered any theatre classes which were kind enough to write feedback and share that with the actor afterward. This class was amazingly well run and a great introduction to the real world of film and television for my teenage daughter."
Katherine's enthusiasm as a teacher makes you want to do your best. She makes everyone feel equal and important.
"Even though we worked hard, I still had fun and learned a lot."
"I am so lucky I found a brochure of this place at an audition!"
"ATC provides top notch training in the North Shore." -- Jenny Wilson
Agent, Stewart Talent Chicago
"(Our daughter) absolutely loved your class and I am sure will want to retake it at some point. We were so impressed by the presentation and how much the kids enjoyed what you taught them.""These classes teach you so much in such a short time."
"ATC's long-form improv classes are without a doubt the best improv class I've ever taken."
"Annabelle ADORES your class! Acting Thru Imagination is one of the highlights of her week.
She will definitely be continuing on at ATC."
"ATC doesn't just improve my acting, but my imagination and energy."
"'Thank you' is nowhere near adequate to express the gratitude I feel for the experience you have put together with the creation of Actors Training Center. Your school has been exactly what we have been looking for during the last several years." -- Samantha and Wayne Goble, Parents
"You are doing such a wonderful job with the Actors Training Center in Wilmette. I think that you have set the expectations very high, and that you are treating these kids maturely and like professionals. The results of your approach speak volumes as to how successful you have been with this approach."I have the impression that at some point we will see professional actors who are in the national spotlight, that will have roots at ATC and who will attribute their success to ATC, much the same way that Second City has built a similar reputation for itself in that regard."-- Mark Falanga
"Why is the Wilmette Theatre so wonderful? Because they turned an old movie theater into a truly interesting venue for concerts, movies, plays, and classes for kids. What if every town had a place like this? Where are the places like this in your community? Look around, find them, support them! - ATC Parent
"Thank you very much for everything. our daughter has REALLY has enjoyed her time at ATC and we feel she has learned a lot and hopefully is "getting it" with coming out of her shell and confidence thing, thanks to your help and guidance. I think you all have won her over to ATC!
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