THE MASTERS

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Kathleen McNenny

Kathleen has been teaching at Juilliard for over 20 years. She continues to implement her technique at UCSD (CA), Rutgers University (NJ) and private studios. She is a founding member of the Cape Cod Theater Project and a resident Arts Volunteer instructor for ASTEP. (Artists Striving To End Poverty) at Shanti Bhavan (India).  She has directed numerous productions, most notably Dolore’s at the Playroom (NYC) and It is so if you think so (Rutgers) and a 6-part web-series Pillow Talk picked up by Huffington Post. Kathleen is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. Her acting credits include a most recently shot guest spot on Law and Order SVU. She can also be seen this summer in DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2 playing Nora at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont. Other credits include Broadway: The Father, Fish In the Dark, Enemy of the People, A Death of A Salesman, Coram Boy, The Constant Wife, After The Fall, A Few Good Men. Regional Theater: Death of a Salesman, Pittsburgh Public, Outside Mullingar, Philadelphia Theater Co. etc…

Christine Caleo

Christine is presently implementing her teaching technique at The Juilliard School, Drama Division (2002-present), The Lir Academy, National Academy of Dramatic Art, Dublin (2015-present). She holds an MFA in Acting from UNC Chapel Hill, AMSAT certification in the Alexander Technique from ACAT NYC, and mentored under Carolyn Serota at the Juilliard School. Her acting experience includes roles with Theater Off Park, Wilkinsburg Arts Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, C.W. Post Theater Company, Chautauqua Theater Company and Open Stage Theater in Pittsburgh, of which she is a founder. Her television appearances include Law and Order, The View, The City, The Learning Channel. Her film credits include Home, Raw, Rhythm of the Saints and Till Proven Innocent. Her theatrical, tv and film experience has taken Christine to Paris, Spain, London, NYC, Dublin, Pittsburg, and Florida where she currently lives with her spouse, Brian and their four children. Christine incorporates Judy Leibowitz’s challenge to ‘Dare To Be Wrong’ as a vital point of view for artistic excellence.
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Justine Williams

Justine Williams is a screenwriter, filmmaker, performer and acting teacher specializing in physically-based pedagogy centred around play, games, ensemble – building and devised theatre techniques at the Yale School of Drama, The Funny School of Acting in collaboration with mentor and master teacher, Christopher Bayes.Her teachings have been experienced at NYU, Juilliard, Brown/Trinity, CalArts, Pace University,  and many other conservatory training programs for actors and directors. Her work as a performer and a creator has been presented at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Public Theater, NYTW, and Ars Nova, as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum, Queens Museum, Maryland FF, New Director/New Films, Sibiu Int. Theater Festival in Romania, Sfumato Theater in Bulgaria and the Grahamstwon International Theater Festival in South Africa. etc…She has received residencies to create new work through Abrons Arts, Dixon Place and the Orchard Project. Justine is a 2015 Queer Arts Mentorship fellow, under filmmaker Ira Sachs, and a 2018 NYWIFT fellow in their “Script to Preproduction” program, working feature film projects. 

Kathryn Rossetter

Kathryn is an award-winning actress, published essayist and an instructor of Dramatic Arts. She is a two-time Finalist of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and has appeared on Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman in “Death Of a Salesman”. As a Master Instructor, she currently teaches acting MFA program at the New School University where she served as the Chair of the Acting Department for 4 years. She also teaches the BFA at the New Studio at NYU. She’s written and performed sketch comedy shows in NY and LA, three one-person shows, several one-act plays and was a recipient of a Tennessee Williams Theatre Fellowship. Her film scripts, Fine and Virgin Territory, were finalists for a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. She has appeared in numerous productions at Lincoln Center, The Ensemble Studio Theater, The Working Theatre, The WPA Theatre, Public Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre, The Flea, UBU Rep, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, Village Gate, Workhouse Theatre. Her essay, “Anatomy of a Predator” was recently published in the Hollywood Reporter, speaking about her experiences working with Dustin Hoffman. 
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Chaelon Costello

Chaelon presently serves as a Professor, Audition Adjudicator, and Curriculum Committee member for the BFA in Dramatic Arts at The New School College of Performing Arts, Drama. Her class roster has included Foundations in Acting, Intermediate Acting: Classical Technique, Performance Preparation, Portfolio: Reflective Practice, and collaborator with Rebecca Tuffey in Alexander Technique for Classical Performance. Chaelon will guide Directed Research: Devised Theatre culminating in the Main Stage Project in the 2018/2019 school year. During 2014 academic year, she worked with the MFA playwrights in Devised Theatre and Collaboration at Fordham University. Chaelon spent August of 2017 in residency at P.L.A.Y. Theatre – Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts and in partnership, created an entirely new curriculum for the P.L.A.Y. Theatre program. Favourite credits include: The American Dream by Dipika Guha (The Old Vic), The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition by Donnetta Lavinia Grays (The Women’s Project) Lulu (Dixon Place), Hamlet (Kraine Theatre). Etc.. MFA: The New School for Drama. Member: AEA.

Cristhian Andrews

Cristhian Andrews is a BAFTA Longlist Nominee and a 17-time Award Winning American Film/Theater director, screenwriter, film composer and film editor. Cristhian’s recent film “Najmia” based on the true story of the last days of a pregnant Yemeni 12-Year Old child bride was longlisted for a 2017 BAFTA award. In 2016 it was an official selection at Berlin Interfilm film festival competing against the 2016 Oscar-Nominated film “Shok” and Bafta-Nominated film “Samuel-613”. In 2014, his film, “Before We Lose” inspired by the political conflicts of Post-Chernobyl health effects in Turkey, competed for a “Light in Motion” award in Ireland’s Foyle film festival against both Oscar-Nominated film “Parvaneh” and Oscar-Nominated & Bafta winning film “Boogaloo and Graham”. As of 2018, Cristhian completed producing and composing the documentary “2030” which demonstrates modern Cryonics (the state of freezing dead people for later revival) and the life and legacy of futurist FM 2030. It features David Hanson, the inventor and genius behind ‘Sophia’, the first human-like robot to receive citizenship and focuses on the effects that cryonics will have on modern society. Cris has been privately teaching acting since 2011 and is a former editor at VICE News. He attended The Juilliard School and The New School on a Music, Film & Screenwriting Scholarship. 
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Cloe Xhauflaire

Originally from Belgium, Cloe is an actress, writer, producer and a master instructor. She is a graduate in Theatre Arts at The Royal Drama Conservatory in Brussels – where she founded Campagnie Petite âme theatre company that continues to produce award-winning plays today. Through private consultation and acting workshops, Cloe’s coaching and technique have been experienced in Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Barcelona, the Susan Batson Studio (NYC), and Prolific Artists (NYC). In her acting career, Cloe has furthered her training with Susan Batson, Larry Moss, Anthony Abeson and continues to work with the directors of the European cinema division. Cloe Xhauflaire is currently awaiting the release of the movie The first Purge directed by Gerard McMurray ( Universal Productions) and Where is the Fire directed by Yonca Talu.  Last season, Cloe was on stage at La Mama Theater playing “ Madam” in the Maids by Jean Genet directed by Oliver Henzler.

Dale Brown

In his near 20 years of casting, Dale has worked in film, reality television and theatre. He has been a master class professor at numerous university programs including Stella Adler Studios teaching audition technique.Dale spent over 5 years with Tara Rubin Casting, maintaining the North American companies of The Phantom of the Opera and Billy Elliot and worked on the Broadway productions of A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys & Dolls and Old Jews Telling Jokes. His recent projects have included Life Jacket Theatre’s acclaimed production of America Is Hard to See at HERE, the off-Broadway production of Daddy Long Legs, Paul Gordon’s musical Sense & Sensibility for Chicago Shakespeare Theater etc. In collaboration with Duncan Stewart & Co. Dale cast the new musical Nerds for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the NYC lab production of Maltby & Shire’s new musical Waterfall etc…His work with regional theatres includes: Chicago Shakespeare, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Marriott Theater, Milwaukee Rep., Two River Theater and the BANFF Centre in Canada. Dale is a member of the Casting Society of America.
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Joe Goscinski

Joe brings over 20 years of experience both as an actor and instructor to his work in voice and speech for both stage and film.Presently, Joe heads the American Accent Acquisition program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting & is a Master Instructor of Voice and Speech at Prolific Artists, recently leading a Voice & Speech/Acting intensive in Istanbul, Turkey.  He has served as a Dialect/Speech coach for both stage and film, most recently for the Off-Broadway production of Four Last Things. Previously, Joe served as a Program Director of Voice Production and Speech at AMDA and New York Film Academy.  Joe’s training resides with The Royal National Theatre of London and the National Shakespeare Conservatory. Today he is a proud member of VASTA, AEA, and SAG/AFTRA. His television work includes Law & Order, One Life to Live, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and he has performed regionally on stage in such roles as Hamlet, and “John Merrick” in The Elephant Man.

Deborah Kym

Deborah is a Golden Globe recipient, director, author, talent manager, producer and a performer in over 150 productions from film to Broadway. She founded and directed the first award-winning theatre company The Company which opened up the first doors for physically disabled professional actors to be given equal opportunity for work in the industry. She also created the first film repertory company for Paramount Studios. Deborah became the youngest instructor requested by Stella to teach and lead the full program at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles at the time of its opening. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After receiving her Graduate Certificate from the Gray-Atelier Film Directing Institute, she trained in the Viola Spolin Improvisation Technique and performed with George Carlin. In 1988, she received a Golden Globe Award for the “Most promising newcomer to the industry” after portraying the role of Jane Pauley in the Cannes Film Festival Award Winner The Patty Hearst Story. Deborah is anticipating a release of her book and an appearance on TED Talks.
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Vanessa Chammah

Vanessa is an actress and private coach; writer and producer. She studied Acting and Singing at Stanford University, Human Psychological Systems at MIT Sloan and The Conservatoire Nationale D’Art Dramatique in Paris. Vanessa is thrilled to teach, implement and share her approach in bringing historical icons to life in an innovative, intimate and transformative, life-changing way. Presently she is in pre-production of a biopic play opera Becoming Callas about the world-renowned opera singer who changed the face of opera by insisting on great acting. The show is set to premiere internationally by the end of 2018. She is a fellow board member at Prolific Artists instituting 15+ years of study and expertise onto the consortium, servicing in the search and acquisition for notable talent in association and collaboration.  

THE FELLOWSHIP

Cristhian Andrews

Executive Chairman, Founder & CEO

Cristhian is a BAFTA Longlist Nominee and a 17-time Award Winning American Film/Theater director, screenwriter, film composer and film editor. In 2012, Cristhian founded Audacity Innovative, a motion picture company that strives to make films addressing social issues to ignite social change. Cristhian’s mission is for Prolific Artists to be a catalyst for change and a catalyst for rebirth; giving, providing and presenting life-changing teachings.

Olha Kaly

Vice-Chairwoman, COO & President

Olha is a BAFTA longlist nominated producer for her recent film NAJMIA based on a true story of the last days of a pregnant Yemeni 12-year-old child bride. VP of Audacity Innovative & Interline Relations supervising pre, principal & post-production workflows. Volunteer for Amnesty Int. & local shelters is also a loud activist for animal welfare. Holds a B.A in Literature pursuant in Journalism & Marketing. 

Vanessa Chammah

Honorary Chairwoman

Vanessa is an actress and private coach; writer and producer. She studied Acting and Singing at Stanford University, Human Psychological Systems at MIT Sloan & The Conservatoire Nationale D’Art Dramatique in Paris. She is in pre-production of a biopic play opera Becoming Callas about the world-renowned opera singer who changed the face of opera by insisting on great acting. The show is set to premiere internationally by the end of 2018.

Jasmine Dorothy Haefner

Jasmine’s latest film roles include I’m Listening, Best Comedy Finalist, NY State Int. FF & The Unexpected, Hoboken Int. FF. She performs sketch comedy & dramatic theatre Off-Broadway & Off-Off Broadway. She has extensive training in mask work, Michael Chekhov & Yat Malmgren Techniques of character transformation and movement psychology. She holds a B.A in Theatre Arts, cum laude and studied at the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting. 

Laura Vogels

Laura is a founder and artistic director of The Aviary recently directing & producing A Woman Walks Into A Bar. She has trained at Italia Conti, LAMDA & RADA and is a member of the Primitive Grace Theatre Ensemble for 2+ years & is currently working with The Fools & Kings Project, Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale.  Please follow @LauraVogels or her #Monoblog project where she shares 3 self-tapes a week at @the_Monoblog on Instagram.

Alessia Sushko

Alessia has appeared in leading TV series; House of Cards, Girls, Billions and Iron Fist. As a women’s rights activist, she has trained as an undercover journalist with Project Veritas. She adopted an experiential VR approach in her short film Come Inside of Me addressing the issue in American communities plagued by sexual exploitation.

James Meneses

Actor/Playwright Writing: While You Wait @Greenhouse Ensemble; Mama’s Baby Boxer @Theatre West 97;  Acting:  Second Seat award-winning play @Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival; Sunshine Quest @The Wild Project; Play the Moment by Dir. David Deblinger; Macbeth @Gallery Players; 44th and 9th @Greenhouse Ensemble; The Letter @Producers Club; Antigone @ Producers Club; Film: Re-Union @Audacity Innovative; Paramour  @LabRat Film Productions. 

James Meneses

Actor/Playwright Writing: While You Wait @Greenhouse Ensemble; Mama’s Baby Boxer @Theatre West 97;  Acting:  Second Seat award-winning play @Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival; Sunshine Quest @The Wild Project; Play the Moment by Dir. David Deblinger; Macbeth @Gallery Players; 44th and 9th @Greenhouse Ensemble; The Letter @Producers Club; Antigone @ Producers Club; Film: Re-Union @Audacity Innovative; Paramour  @LabRat Film Productions. 

Renzo Acosta

Senior Counsel of Strategic Development

Renzo specializes in strategy, design, technology & education. He is a design strategist that leads and conducts research and methodologies to discover insights & improve the overall experience & education at Prolific Artists. His work has been exhibited internationally & featured in various publications. Previous projects include: TIDAL music, Cannondale Bicycles and numerous projects for prestigious academic institutions in NYC. 

Dan Gindikin

Design & Graphics

Oscar Felipe

Press Secretary & Operations

Alison Castillo

Social Media & Operations