The Actors Space West - Main Staff
The Actors Space West - professional classes for film and television
The Actors Space is owned and operated by Sara Wood...but we also have an amazing teaching staff which includes.....


JED REES

Jed has been a professional actor for over twenty years. He studied with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, as well as esteemed teachers Sondra Lee, Carol Rosenthal, Ivana Chubuck, Mel Tuck and Alice Spivak. His impressive resume includes such notable film and television credits as "Galaxy Quest", "Elizabethtown", "The Ringer", "Men With Brooms" and " Fear", as well as 3 seasons of Showtime's "The Chris Isaak Show" . He has guest starred on shows such as CSI, The Ghost Whisperer, Chuck and Pretty Little Liars. He also played the role of Richard in the award winning Off-Broadway production of Two Pianos, Four Hands along with other notable theatre appearances.  You can see Jed in theaters now co-starring in "Deadpool" with Ryan Reynolds.  Jed brings a wealth of experience, training and Hollywood savvy to a Foundation class that will put your skills ahead of the pack.


STEPHEN CURTIS

Steve has developed his philosophy of acting from a combination of his Meisner training and his 15 years of working as a producer, director, and actor.  He helps each actor utilize his or her unique abilities to create organic, captivating, moments.  He incorporates this in scene study, on camera audition technique, and cold reading.  Recent credits include producing the feature films, “A Bitter Lime” and “Antique Case”; he is slated to direct the feature, "Relevant," is one of the executive producers and directors of the hit web series, “Old Dogs New Tricks,” is the producer of “The Boy in Zaquitos," featured in Stephen King’s book “Best American Short Stories," and is the producer and director of best selling author Chet Holmes’ web project
"The Strongest Man on Earth."


KARA AMANDA SMITH


Kara grew up right outside Nashville, Tennessee where she started performing on stage at the age of three.  Acting whenever she got a chance at church, school and of course at home, her love for performing only grew each year. While attending Trevecca University, where she received a double major in Dramatic Arts and Communication Studies, she obtained an acting scholarship for being a member of the  University's Improv and acting troupe called Masterworks.

After graduating from college, she continued with regional theatre, and got an agent to experience the wonderful world of commercials, music videos, film and TV. After becoming a member of SAG, she moved her and her daughter away from family and across country to follow her dreams in Los Angeles. Since arriving, Kara has been blessed with several commercials, TV spots, and film work. The only thing that can come close to her passion for acting is her passion for teaching it. Kara has been teaching young actors for 3 years at The Playground in Century City. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and looks forward to sharing her love for the art of acting while inspiring and challenging her students.

LUCY BORYER


Lucy graduated from CalArts with a BFA
inTheatre Arts and quickly went on to become a series regular on "Doogie Howser, M.D", appearing in nearly 100 episodes.  Her other credits include guest spots on "Star Trek Next Generation", "Murder Among Friends", "Major Dad", "Stephen King's Sleepwalkers", and "Unusual Suspects" to name a few.  She has also worked professionally in major motion picture casting.  Lucy is thrilled to share her experience and knowledge in an Adult audition class at The Actor's Space West, helping aspiring actors forge the skills necessary to book work in Los Angeles. 

SUMMER FILM CAMP STAFF

Phil Elins - Summer Camp Production Supervisor

Phil has been a member of the Director's Guild of America since 1993 and has worked as an Assistant Director and Production Manager on over 400 commercials as well as numerous Television and Feature Film Productions.  Also a member of The Writer's Guild, Phil oversees all aspects of production for summer camp.


Rosie Byrne -  Premiere Camp Counselor

Mary Rose Byrne (Rosie) is a recent graduate of UC San Diego with honors in Theatre.  She’s worked as a dialect coach and a teaching assistant at UCSD and spent time as a counselor for Girls Leadership.   Her acting credits at UCSD include: Tonight We Improvise, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Three Sisters, Burial at Thebes, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Three Women in Four Chairs, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Seagull.  Rosie has also worked as a teaching assistant for Kim Rubinstein’s Advanced Ensemble Class and Eva Barnes' Dialects for the Stage class. For her honor’s thesis, she directed and costume designed a site-specific production of Sophocles' Electra by Nick Payne. Last summer Rosie volunteered her time to help with our summer camp film production, and also played a role in the Teen movie.  We are very fortunate and excited to have Rosie on our 2016 Acting For Film and Television Staff!


Lindsay Taylor - Hip-Hop Instructor


Lindsay got her start in the business at the young age of 4 when she started modeling for Ford Models in New York.  She moved out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career when she was 8 years old.   Lindsay soon  fell in love with dancing and began training at The Edge, Millennium Dance Complex, and Debbie Reynolds Studios.   She started dancing professionally at the age of 9 and  teaching kids/teen hip hop classes at Millennium Dance Complex when she was 10 years old.  She still teaches her highly sought after classes at the Millennium.  You can see Lindsay in movies such as 17 Again with Zac Efron, School Gyrls with Nick Cannon. TV shows Shake it Up, The Fresh Beat Band, Madison High, Children’s Hospital, NCIS: LA, and Greek. She has also Choreographed for Nickelodeon shows: Supah Ninjas and See Dad Run.  She continues to study Dance and Acting and loves performing and expressing herself through these talents.  Lindsay has been with the summer camp all 8 years and we are so grateful and fortunate to have her! 


Joey Rudman - Improv Instructor

Joey Rudman is an actor and improviser, currently voicing multiple characters on PBS' animated show, NATURE CAT. He has a BFA in acting from the University of Arizona and has trained and performed at Second City Chicago, Improv Olympics, and at The Groundlings here in LA. 







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