Meet the ATC Instructors


Carole
Adam B.
Adam G.
April-Dawn
Bob
Candice
David
Deborah
Dustin
Erica
Harmony
Janet
Jennifer / Mickie
Jonathan
Katherine
Kenny
Lauren
Mary Hollis
Matthew
Mitchell
Nicholas Ryan
Ryan
Stephanie
Tim

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Director

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.

 


Casting Director / Guest Artist

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.


Instructor
Adam Goldstein is thrilled to work with the Actors Training Center. Adam previously served as Artistic Associate of Bristol Riverside Theatre (Philadelphia) as well as the creator/director/producer of BRT’s America Rising: Voices of America new play program. Directing: One, A Radio Play (POP Theatre), South of Settling (Steppenwolf Next Up), The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Mistakes Madeline Made (Northwestern) Up, Sick?, Lullaby, Harmless, and Elliot A Soldier’s Fugue (Bristol Riverside, America Rising) Additional credits: Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana (Edinburgh), Swimming in the Shallows, The Wheel: The Musical, , Through the Valley, and Parade. Assistant Directing: Orlando (Court, d. Jessica Thebus), A Parallelogram and Detroit (Steppenwolf, d. Anna D. Shapiro/d. Austin Pendleton), I Am My Own Wife (Hartford Stage, d. Jeremy Cohen). Adam has served as dialect coach for numerous plays and theatres including Theatre Seven and The Side Project. He is Adjunct Faculty in Voice at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches Voice for the Actor. In addition to his directing/voice credits, Adam has also served as Artistic Apprentice at Hartford Stage. He began his professional career as the Musical Theatre Tracking Coordinator and an Agent’s Assistant at the William Morris Agency in New York. Training: MFA-Directing from Northwestern, BFA-Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Instructor
April-Dawn Gladu is an Associate Artist for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater (OST) where she performed, taught, directed and wrote world premieres, classic adaptations and Theater For Young Audiences. She is particularly proud of her adaptations of The Jungle Book and The Secret Garden, which have had dozens of productions throughout the USA, Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, India, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, Mexico and Kenya. In 2012 her musical adaptation of The Emperor and the Nightingale premiered at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival to rave reviews. She also spent seven years writing and directing shows and special events for Walt Disney Entertainment, where she has worked with Christopher Reeve, John Ritter and Drew Carey. Since 2004, her show The Perfectly Princess Tea Party has been playing 5 days a week at the Grand Floridian Resort to sold out crowds and her show Cinderella’s Princess Court closed in 2006 after over 1000 performances at the World of Disney Store in NYC. She has also developed new plays for companies such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre and Six Figures Theatre Company. 

Casting Director / Guest Artist

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.


Casting Associate / Guest Artist
Candice Alustiza-Lee is a freelance casting associate currently based in New York.  Recently  she has worked on season 2 of The Carrie Diaries.  Her past credits include films such as "St. Vincent", "Dead Man Down", "The Family", and "Non-Stop."  She has also cast for many television series including "Royal Pains" and "Ugly Betty".
 
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.

Instructor / Director

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.


Casting Director / Guest Artist

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.


Cinematographer

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.


Casting Director / Guest Artist

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.


Instructor

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


Musical Theater Director / Instructor

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.

Janet and her partner Tina O’Brien worked through Chicago Casting Company in tandem with New York and Los Angeles on projects with companies like Nickelodeon, Disney Pictures, Miramax, ABC TV, and Janet was Chicago Casting Associate on the Broadway musical The Lion King.
 
Janet has won sevearl Joseph Jefferson Awards, the last one being for outstanding achievement in choreography for The National tour of BUDDY under the Direction of Vicky Bussert. National tours: all under the Direction of Vicky Bussert. Assassins, The Secret Garden, Once On This Island, Barnum, Into The Woods, and Anyone Can Whistle. Regional: The Frogs, Your Gonna Love Tomorrow, Pacific Overtures, Company, Goblin Market, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, A Little Night Music, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 
 
Janet coaches privately and is currently on the faculty of DePaul University’s School For New Learning where she teaches The Right To Speak. She is currently teaching a class at Columbia College called Talent Management. She was on the faculty of DePaul Theatre School as an adjunct professor for 12 years teaching AUDITION. She has taught master classes all over the country.

 


Casting Directors / Guest Artists

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.


Instructor

 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.  


Instructor

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.


Kenny Metroff is a Chicago-based actor and instructor, who has performed with Second City on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. While at Second City he was a member of their House Ensemble and completed the SNL Writing Intensive program with Tom Flanigan. Currently, he hosts and produces the pH Stand Up Show at The pH Comedy Theater where he is also the Education Director and a member of their touring company. He received his acting and Theater Education degree from Illinois State University, and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, iO Chicago, and Annoyance training centers.
 
 

Instructor

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.  


Instructor

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 WarriorsCalls 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

 


Casting Director / Guest Artist

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).


Talent Agent / Guest Artist

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.


Instructor

Nicholas Ryan Lamb has been with ATC since last spring and is excited to step into another role with the center.  He has held the position of Chief Sound Engineer and more recently took on being the carpenter.  He is a graduate from Illinois State Universities Acting/Directing program in 2004.  Since graduation he has directed with numerous works and companies including The Moonlight Players, Bowen Park Theatre Co., and Gorilla Tango.  Some of his favorite shows he had the honor of directing include A Piece of my Heart, The Secret Garden, Barefoot in the Park, and Birdbath.  He has acted from stage to screen including, Theatre Hikes, Gorilla Tango, Flashpoint Academy, Columbia College, and other commercial work.  Some of his acting credits include Sleepy Hollow, Attend the Tale of Danny Tanner, Over the River and Through the Woods, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.  He studied improv at SAK University in Orlando.  For over a year he was a founding member and Director of the improv group, The Highly Improvables, and is currently founder and Co-Director of Scenic Drive, who has been seen in the semi-finals of Improv Gladiators and Mary's Attic with their signature Hodgeprov.  He had the honor of leading a workshop at Stage 773 entitled "No Acting, Only Doing".  He is a teacher in the Evanston school district and stepped in as the interim Middle school drama teacher, and Music teacher.  He also resided as the technical director for 4 years at Viking Middle School in Gurnee.  At the end of the season Nick will be heading up and creating a fundraiser that will include numerous improv acts, local talent, and the infamous 24 hour theatre.

 


Instructor

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!

Please visit Ryan’s site at www.ryankitley.com for reels and related information.


Instructor

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. 


Improv Division Director / Instructor

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.

Every day my son came home and said ‘Thank-you for letting me take this course!’”
 
 
"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.”
 
 
"My daughter would love to come here from 8 -5, seven days a week if given the choice.”
 
 
"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."
 
 
“Your enthusiasm and positive encouragement is always felt and empowering for the kids."
 
 
"I want to thank you for the fabulous experience Cami has had with ATC! We are just thrilled to be on board with your programs."
 
 
Katherine's enthusiasm as a teacher makes you want to do your best. She makes everyone feel equal and important.” 
 
 
"You have set the expectations very high and you are treating these kids maturely and like professionals. The results of your approach speak volumes as to how successful you have been."
 
 
I wanted to take this moment to personally thank you for working with Connor. His improv skills have improved greatly over the past year and so has his passion for the craft. We have you to thank for that. Connor is a huge fan of yours."