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.
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.
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.
Recently she worked with the newly-formed Blichfeld/Daniels casting office on a new TV series for the CW. She has also cast for a number of pilots for ABC / NBC / USA / FOX / HBO. Candice has worked with leading offices such as, Mackey Sandrich Casting, MELCAP CASTING, TUCKER / MEYERSON casting, Geoffrey Soffer Casting, Gayle Keller Casting, Bowling Miscia Casting, and at Innovative Artists.
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.
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.
Jeff Trainor is a professional actor and teacher in Chicago. He has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Hypocrites, Strawdog Theatre Company, Writer's Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, 500 CLOWN, Theater Wit, he is a co-creator of Gashlycrumb Orphanage (performing in different Fringe Festivals this July) and a company member of Barrel of Monkeys. He is thrilled to be joining the Actor's Training Center this year!
Jay Worthington is a graduate of Illinois State University, and a wonderful acting instructor. His bio is on the way!
Dustin Whitehead is a Chicago based actor, filmmaker, and teacher. As producer/editor for the Intellectual Capital team at The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business he has made films focusing on various research by the school's world renowned Faculty. He has also made multiple narrative short films of his own, the latest being SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDWEST which was shot in Kansas this Winter and will be released in the Fall of 2014. As an actor he has appeared on CHICAGO FIRE and CHICAGO PD. He has been blessed to have worked with multiple theatre companies in Chicago including Lakeside Shakespeare, Chicago Dramatists, American Theatre Company, Redtwist, The Inconvenience, and Mortar Theatre Company. He received his BFA in Performance from Jacksonville University and his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He also studied filmmaking in Singapore at NYU Tisch Asia.
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.
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.
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.
Jenny Wilson has been one of Stewart Talent's TV and Film Agents for twelve years, where she has represented both youth and adult talent. In addition to ATC, she teaches workshops at the Second City and The Acting Studio. Known for her patience and kindness (crucial in this world of stage moms, clients, casting directors, and agents!), Jenny dedicates herself to the actors she represents. She is also a mom of two awesome kids: Harper and Ford!
Jonathan Mayo hails from the state of Kentucky with a Bachelors degree in Theatre from Morehead State University. He has been a part of the Chicagoland theatre scene for almost nine years now. Jonathan has been involved onstage and backstage in a variety of capacities. As a Teaching Artist, Jonathan has had the pleasure of working with children and youth at such institutes as the McGaw YMCA, Foster Reading Center, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Goodman Theatre, and the Old Town School of Folk Music to name a few. Now Jonathan is super excited to be joining the team at ATC.
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.
Kymberly Mellen is thrilled to begin teaching at ATC! She recently returned to Chicago as Casting Director and Producing Associate at Writers Theatre. Recently, Kymberly has spent several years in Utah as Founding Drama Academy Director for Pioneer Charter HS for the Performing Arts and as a Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in the Musical/ Dance/Theatre and Actor Training programs. She was also the Artistic Producer and Executive Board Member for Utah Repertory Theater while free-lance directing, acting and teaching. As a member of Actor’s Equity Association Kymberly has been seen in several seasons of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, playing Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Mistress Quickly in Merry Wives, and Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her directing credits include Sundance Theatre’s Annie Get Your Gun; Kiss and Tell, Lend Me a Tenor (Hale Orem Center Theater); ANTHEM; The Greatest Love (Utah Shakespeare Festival NAPP), FeFu and Her Friends, As You Like It, The Turn of the Screw, Racine’s Berenice, Children of Eden, and Blood Brothers (Brigham Young University). Regional theater work includes shows at Writers Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Ravinia, Peninsula Players and Pioneer Theatre Company. Kymberly is currently pursuing a MA in Arts Administration through Southern Utah University and graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA) and Brigham Young University (BFA). She was named the Chicago Tribune's 2003 "Chicagoan of the Year" for Theater.
Lauren Pizzi is a Chicago based actor, teacher and coach. Work with Chicago theaters includes, Fox Valley Rep, Griffin Theater, The House Theatre, The Plagiarists and Steppenwolf Theater Company. Lauren is a member of the Teaching Artist Ensemble at American Theater Company and a founding member of Cole Theatre who will be producing their inaugural production in the fall of 2014. Lauren holds an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Mary Hollis Inboden is a Chicago-based actor, writer and comedian. A founding member of The New Colony, Mary Hollis, helped to create and starred in critically-acclaimed hits such as The Warriors, Calls to Blood (NYC Fringe Fest Award Winner, 2010) and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (currently running off-Broadway at The Soho Playhouse and available in print from Samuel French, Inc). Mary Hollis was voted Best Local Actress by the Chicago Reader in the 2011 "Best of" Issue and made her television debut on The Chicago Code. She went on to appear regularly as "Jackie Shope" on Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, for Starz/Lionsgate TV. A proud Chicago resident, she enjoys supporting network and independent series produced in "the second city," appearing in viral favorites such as Funemployed and Kam Kardashian. Most recently, Mary Hollis starred opposite Steve Coogan and Carla Gugino in the ABC pilot, Doubt.
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).
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.
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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Sarah Charipar has been working as a professional actor in Chicago for nearly two decades. She has worked in theatre, film, television and commercial venues, including The Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf. Her work also includes a number of years as a freelance associate at Paskal Rudnicke casting, where she runs audition sessions for film, television and commercials. Sarah has taught voice and speech, scene study and coaches individuals on audition technique. She is thrilled to be joining the team over at the Actors Training Center.
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.
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.
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