Michelle Danner is a world renowned acting coach, film and stage director, author, and teacher. Michelle has taught acting for the last 24 years and has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set including, such as Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Christian Slater, Chris Martin, Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Isla Fisher, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, and Catherine Bell among many others. Michelle has trained with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen in Paris and New York. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since it's inception in Los Angeles for 20 years. At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, "Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists." Her film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC's The Walking Dead, Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom was premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience and had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. Hello Herman was distributed on VOD in 100 million copies across the U.S. by Warner Brothers.
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Debbie McWilliams is a leading international casting director and has cast the last 13 James Bond films. Her experience with the Bond Films has taken her all around the world, casting A list stars as well as unknown actors in various unconventional settings. She has worked with a diverse range of directors including Derek Jarman, Roman Polanski, Stephen Frears, Anthony Minghella, Sam Mendes, Martin Campbell, Marc Forster, Ron Howard. Among her early credits are American Werewolf in London, My Beautiful Laundrette, Prick Up Your Ears and Henry V (Kenneth Branagh). In recent years she has worked on; Angels and Demons, Centurion, the 12 part TV series Borgia for Canal Plus, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Skyfall, The Silent Storm, “One Child” for BBC directed by John Alexander, as well as Take Down for Jim Gillespie. Debbie Mcwilliams studied English and American Literature at Manchester University before arriving in London where she has lived for over 40 years. Debbie started out in the theatre in London in the early 70s but quickly realised that film was where she wanted to be. Having served a four year apprenticeship with Mary Selway, her first solo film was Superman 2. She has cast over 50 films, 20 TV series and still enjoys casting for the theatre. In her quest for new and interesting talent, Debbie has travelled all over the world and is the Chairman of the International Casting Directors Network, a member of the Casting Directors Guild of UK and has recently been selected to join the Academy of Motion Pictures in USA, one of the first UK casting directors to be honoured in this way.
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Nathalie Cheron is Luc Besson's favorite casting director. She is based in Paris with many international and French productions on her CV. She has cast nearly 100 feature films in the last fifteen years and cooperated with some of the most respected directors, including Robert Altman, Norman Jewison, Danny Huston, and Luc Besson. She has worked on major international films shot in France such as The Bourne Identity and The Family, both with top actors including Matt Damon and Robert De Niro. She has cast actors like Cara Delevingne, Scarlett Johanson and Michael Caine and been the casting director for award-nominated and winning films such as Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, Lucy, Taken and Paris, je’taime. She has worked closely together with Luc Besson for many years and also cast several Black Pills productions. Besides being a busy casting director, Nathalie Cheron also took the initiative to bring Meals for Monologues to Europe - a charity event where actors perform a monologue for casting directors and donate goods to a charity organization. Last time it involved 40 casting directors and took place over 5 days. She is also the president for Arda (Association des Responsables de Distribution Artistique) where she works to improve the technical, artistic and ethical conditions in the casting working environment.
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Nancy Bishop is an Emmy-nominated casting director, who works internationally from offices in London and Prague. She is a founding member and serving President of the Board of Directors of CSA’s European branch. With nearly 100 major feature film and television projects among her credits, Nancy has cast hundreds of actors throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Nancy has been retained as casting director by dozens of major screen producers and directors, including Brad Bird, (Mission Impossible IV), Roman Polanski (Oliver), and Ridley Scott (Child 44). She also was nominated for an Emmy Award for her casting work on Anne Frank: The Whole Story, ABC/Disney Studios. Her most recent feature film credit is Ophelia which premiered at the Sundance Festival, starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, and Daisy Ridley. Nancy is a native of New England and trained as an actor and director at the University of Michigan and the National Theatre Institute. She earned a Master’s of Arts degree in theatre history at Northwestern University. Nancy began her career as an actor, director and acting teacher in Chicago. In the 1990′s, she helped to found two cutting-edge theatre companies that are still going strong today: Strawdog Theatre and Theater Oobleck.In the early 90’s, Black Box Theater lured Nancy to Prague, where she produced and directed a number of plays, and launched touring productions throughout Europe. This time period is ironically portrayed in Rex-Patriates, a mock- documentary film that Nancy produced and directed.
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Peggy Hall is a well-known and respected voice coach who works with A-list actors all around the world, such as Juliette Binoche, Halle Berry, Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Catherine Deneuve and other excellent talents. Her credentials include renowned and award-winning titles, having worked with directors such as Ron Howard, Lana Wachowski and Terry Gilliam and creative producers like Barbara Broccoli, Luc Besson and Anne Thomopoulos. She has been in the business for many years and her long career takes her on a diverse range of film sets like From Paris With Love, Da Vinci Code and Chocolat among many others. Peggy Hall was born in the U.S and holds a B.A Cum Laude with double majors in the Theatre and Foreign Languages & Linguistics departments from Hollins University, Virginia, USA. After this, she moved to Paris and continued her education in language at La Sorbonne and the Tomatis Language Center. She also attended production, screenplay and dialogue courses at l’Université de Paris lll, theatre at Le Cours Florent and the Susan Batson Studio, along with diverse, ongoing workshop and internship experiences and self-study exploration, from where she has built her way in the industry. Peggy Hall has a dual Franco-American citizenship, which makes her attractive for international film and television productions, as well as for personal coaching. Her areas of expertise include dialogue, accent reduction, character expression and acting in English. She is widely appreciated for the quality talent support that she provides to actors, directors, writers and producers, at times collaborating at producer-level.
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Vernice Klier is an International Acting and Voice Coach specializing in Acting in English, Voice and Accent Reduction. She has spent the last 25 years coaching privately a well as on location/on set. Vernice has over 65 films to her credit including the Oscar-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT where she coached Juliette Binoche, who won an Academy Award for her role in this film. Her notable clients include Juliette Binoche, Leonardo di Caprio, Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Adele Exarchopoulos, Milla Jovovich, Lea Seydoux, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sophie Marceau, Mia Frye, Vincent Perez, Emmanuelle Beart, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Josée Croze, Michel Muller and many more. Today, Vernice lives in Paris where she coaches French and European actors in theatre and film. She teaches also in Los Angeles several times a year and also works privately with her American clients. Most recently she coached Adele Exarchopoulos on a Sean Penn film THE LAST FACE in South Africa and is currently coaching Monica Bellucci.
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Chris Mack is an american acting coach, actor, writer, and director of plays and movies, in Paris and New York. He is also a Paris-based voiceover artist, he does voiceovers for numerous documentaries and films, including such recent films as "Persepolis", and an upcoming series of animations based on Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories. He has been a director and acting coach and performed in a variety of industrial films and ads, and fictions. His Recent directing credits include Alan Arkin’s « Virtual Reality », « The Importance of Being Earnest », « Seventy Scenes of Halloween », « Paris Vampires » and « Vampire Vermont ». With a Master of Arts in Theatre from Hunter College, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Drama from Bennington College, Chris has trained with Nicholas Martin, David Perry, David Saint, Janis Young, Leroy Logan, Betsey Shevey, Arthur Kopit, and Eric Bentley, among others. Chis is the co-founder of Paris Playwrights and a former member of Blueprint Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, and Annex Theatre in Seattle; he is a former advisory board member for ESTRENO, which promotes Spanish plays. Chris taught theatre, communications and voice classes within the City University of New York, where he also ran Bronx Community College's Theatre Workshop. Currently, he teaches scene study and acting on camera classes for the the Paris Film Academy, the American University of Paris, New York Film Academy at La Femis, EICAR, Blache Salant as well as periodic workshops for EuroDisney.
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Ms. Stern has built a successful career as a Casting Director. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, Seattle and many other prominent film festivals, many taking home prestigious awards. She has had many films premiere at The Sundance Film Festival including in 2009, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle starring Natasha Lyonne, Marshall Allman, Tania Raymonde and Vince Vieluf, and in 2007, "Broken English", directed by Zoe Cassavetes; starring Parker Posey and Drea de Matteo, and "Adrift in Manhattan", directed by Alfredo De Villa; starring Heather Graham, Victor Rasuk, William Baldwin, and Dominic Chianese. Her producing credits include This Revolution and Twist starring Nick Stahl. Ms. Stern was the Casting Director of The New York Sundance Writers Lab Reading Series from 1996-2005. She has been on both the selection committee and jury for the Gen Art Film Festival. She is a member of Bafta, IFP, New York Women in Film and Television and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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As an acting teacher and coach for over two decades, Thompson has developed a powerful and passionate style of teaching – from the Actor’s Point of View – providing an extremely strong foundation, while inspiring creative, imaginative, and truthful performance from each of his students. He is highly trained in the methods of Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler, and Strasberg, and an expert in the techniques of the legendary Uta Hagen, with whom he studied at HB Studio Martin is an award-winning actor, with decades of credits in TV, fIlm, and stage. As a former New Yorker, his daytime television work included recurring roles on The Guiding Light, The Edge of Night, and All My Children, plus hundreds of appearances on the New York stage and in regional theatres nationwide, including the world famous Barter Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and the American Theatre of Actors.
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A preeminent figure in European stage, television and film, MAREK PROBOSZ has starred in over 50 films competing at key international festivals including Cannes, Venice and San Sebastian. Marek began his stage career as a child in his native Poland. As a teenager, he created his own theatrical troupe and after two very successful plays was licensed by the Polish Department of Culture as a professional theatre director one of the youngest in the country. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Polish National Film, TV and Theater School in Łódź, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Marek maintains an incredibly active career as an actor, writer, director and producer in TV, film and stage in both Poland and the U.S., including recently acting in an ABC pilot and a major role in a new film by Agnieszka Holland. In 2013 he was cast in the most controversial film of the year in Poland, Closed Circuit, directed by Ryszard Bugajski, and this year in the most popular TV series Father Matthe. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Theater and Film Acting at UCLA, and Professor of Acting at Edgemar Center for the Arts. Marek has also been a Professor of Theater Acting at the Warsaw Theater Academy, and Professor of Advanced Film and TV Acting at the Emerson College/Los Angeles.
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Kate Colebrook is an English actress and voice coach who left London several years ago to live in Paris. She has had a varied career in theatre and on screen. Most recently performing in Complicites' production of A Dog's Heart in Amsterdam and Jos Houben's La Princesse Légère at L'Opéra Comique. In the UK she has played multiple roles on London’s West End including Sir Trevor Nunn's awarding winning production Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, and the Olivier and Tony-award winning War Horse for The National Theatre. Her Television credits include WW1 Remembered from the Battlefield alongside Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, and Solange in the Versailles series for Canal+. Kate has a wide range of teaching experience, from text work to puppetry and movement skills. She specialized in voice work, which she studied in greater detail during her training, due to a problem with vocal strain. In the UK, she taught drama, dance and singing with teenage school groups and through Saturday school, Stagecoach. On moving to Paris, she has involved teaching workshops with the International Section at Lycée, La Celle Saint Cloud, where she also worked as an Assistant d’Education and organised a trip to see King Lear in London. Trained at Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire, Kate was taught by the prestigious voice coach Annie Morrison and uses many of her techniques for accent reduction and voice improvement. She also had the opportunity to work with voice tutors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National Theatre, London. During her time in France, she has taught English to a variety of clients in the professional field using techniques taken from practitioners including Cecily Berry, Kristin Linklater and Frankie Armstrong.
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John Henry is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, producer and has over 300 motion picture, television and theater credits to his name. He has won numerous awards in all categories from major film festivals throughout the world. Drawing upon his experience and knowledge as a professional actor he gives students a working understanding of the disciplines and tools needed to master the art of acting for the camera and teaches them invaluable secrets to bringing a performance to life on film. The Los Angeles Times wrote of him: "He already has his fifteen minutes of fame, now he’s shooting for feature-length celebrity." His comic cliffhanger, DILLINGER IN PARADISE, which he wrote, directed and co-starred in with Maria Conchita Alonso, Angie Everhart and Gary Graham, won four Best Film Awards from major U.S. film festivals. He was also honored with a Hollywood Discovery Award from the Hollywood International Film Festival. He received one of seven Cybermania Academy Awards for his screenplay of the political thriller, VOYEUR, the world’s first interactive feature-length film. He made his foray into the field of television, having written and directed the romantic adventure, SANTIARA, for Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network. Recently John Henry starred in and co-produced the prime-time television series, NEW YORK BLUES, for China, shot in the U.S. and broadcast on Beijing’s number one television network, CCTV. Having taught the craft of film acting for over 30 years, John Henry designed and implemented the MFA, BFA and AFA curriculum for the Acting for Film School of the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios. It has been a longtime wish for him to work with his former students on a real feature film, which has now become a reality with "...Where is she now?" which he directed, produced, co-wrote and photographed, featuring over 50 of his graduate student actors. So far, the film has won 25 International film awards, and John Henry has won 8 Best Director trophies. He is a graduate of the world-renowned Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts and the University of California at Los Angeles.
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Victoria Cyr is an American actress, singer and writer based in Paris. She is also a voice coach and specializes in accent modification for non-native English-speaking actors. Her diverse background includes teaching all aspects of acting for TV/Film, improvisation, voice technique, and presentation/confidence building! Victoria has trained as an actress and singer in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles. In LA, she studied with renown acting coach Ivana Chubbuck in her Master Class for many years. She also has a degree in journalism/communications. Her recent acting work includes commercials, corporate films, television and cinema. This year she has filmed two series for Blackpills, "Raising Hitler" (2017 release) and "I-Art" (2018 release). She was recently cast in another television series to be released next year. Victoria brings her passion and multi-faceted experience to help professional actors gain practical voice tools to use on a daily basis to polish their accent and be able to realize their dreams and objectives.
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Gergana Dragoeva Quievy is the founder of the Paris Film Academy. She is fluent in English, French, Russian, Bulgarian. She wrote, directed and produced her first show “French High School Awards” at the age of 17, gathered an audience of 700 at the town's largest theater. At the age of 18, Gergana produced and directed the first Christmas FEG Show which is still organized every year for the last 14 years. While studing law in Paris she was part of the University’s acting group. In 2008 she won the Annual Student Trial Advocacy Competition and graduated in 2009 with Master degree in European Business Law from the University of Paris-Saclay. After working for 2 differents companies in Paris, Gergana went to Hollywood to study with the celebrity acting coaches, such as Larry Moss, Michelle Danner and Ivana Chubbuck. In 2012, Gergana has founded the Paris Film Academy, creating an opportunity for European actors to improve their English accent, get training in Hollywood acting techniques, and prepare for auditions - all of this in an environment that feels as a creative home. PFA’s film productions have been shown in festivals around Europe and the USA.
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Wendy is an English language teacher from New York City. She has subsequently taught multiple subjects from preschool through adult learners, and has taught English language and pronunciation to beginning and advanced learners from all over the world. Wendy has experience teaching in native English, dual-language, and foreign language environments. She is a proponent of language immersion and immersion simulation for language learning. Wendy specializes in foreign accent reduction and English accent acquisition technique. In September 2017, Wendy packed up her life in New York City, and with just two suitcases and a bit of determination, followed her lifelong dream of moving to Paris. Language and accent acquisition technique remains one of her many passions. She believes her personal language journeys will continue to prove helpful as she coaches her students in their own journey towards acquiring native accents. Continuously passionate and vivacious in her teaching style, Wendy always seeks to create dynamic, interactive, and rigorous learning communities where students feel at ease to exceed expectations and where it's fun to make mistakes. Wendy will be teaching the American Accents Course in which students will learn how to produce a variety of American accents, and take their acting career to a new level.
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